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SwissChamp

Swiss Champ Full Tool Display The SwissChamp can be considered Victorinox's current masterpiece and top of the range.

Consisting of eight tool layers containing almost every tool, it is still small and light enough to be carried in a pocket.
The 91mm SwissChamp was introduced in 1985, and has had only slight updates since. Victorinox makes larger knives, but the SwissChamp is probably the largest knife that is practical to carry and can be used for a wide application area.
The 33 function SwissChamp pictured, consists of 64 individual parts.

The SwissChamp Super Timer is a fairly rare model that includes an analog timepiece in the scales rather than the tweezers. It is the Swisschamp  version of the more well known two-layer Time-keeper model.
The Super Timer was also available with the SOS Kit packaging.
The Super-timer model is discontinued.

Layer Tools

SwissChamp SuperTimer
SwissChamp SuperTimer

Back Layer Tools

Scale Tools

The SwissChamp SuperTimer removes  the tweezers and adds the:

Scales

The SwissChamp is available with many different options for the scales, not just different Cellidor colours, but also different materials.
The specialty scale options such as hardwood, stag and mother of pearl, may, or may not, include the toothpick, tweezers and pen in the scales.
See the Identifiers section.

Variations

  1. The 100th Anniversary (1897-1997) special edition version was released in 1997 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Officer's Knife. Each knife had a serial number (not limited) stamped on the liner behind the corkscrew. The blade was etched with the Victorinox logo and VICTORINOX  in red, and also 100 years Swiss Army Knife. The knife was sold in a special metal tin with an embossed Evolution image that was also printed in silver on the top scale. A matching Spartan model was also released at the same time.
  2. Tiffany and Co. sells a special version of the SwissChamp with sterling silver scales with an inlaid 18K gold shield.

Survival / SOS Kits

The SwissChamp has been available in a number of different packages over the years.
Some of the more interesting ones are the various SOS kits, which include a number of extra survival tools and accessories.
The A  version is the basic kit with an enlarged pouch containing the kit and the SwissChamp; the B  version includes a Maglite; the C  version has a large dual pouch with one pocket for the SwissChamp and one for the extended kit.

  • A - 1.8810 / 4.0567: Weight: 307g - with knife and kit contents; SOS kit contents
  • A - 1.8810.04 / ??: As above but with olive drab-green pouch
  • B - ?? / 4.0568: 1.8810 plus a small Maglight flashlight - Maglight instructions
  • C - 1.8812 / 4.0568.03: Large black dual pouch; Weight: 395g - with knife and kit contents; SOS kit contents
  • C - 1.8812.04 / 4.0568.04: As above but with olive drab-green dual pouch

The 1.881x.yy number is the product code for the SwissChamp with its pouch and SOS kit; 4.056x.yy are the product codes for the pouch and its contents (.yy)

History

The SwissChamp replaced the earlier Champion in 1985 as the top model.
Since its introduction the SwissChamp has gone through many enhancements as the Victorinox tools evolved. These included:

  • The earliest SwissChamp models having a narrower version of the pliers and a glass magnifying glass in a grey plastic surround
  • Wider pliers (1988)
  • Addition of the pin and multipurpose hook (1991)
  • Clear plastic mag glass lens and surround (2004)
  • Stainless steel version of the metal file with saw (2005)
  • Glass mag glass lens in clear plastic surround (2013)

And several other upgrades to the tools particularly to the scissors!
After the introduction of the SwissChamp, the Champion was still available, eventually evolving into the Champion Plus. It just did not have the same prominent position in marketing, although remains quite popular for those users who prefer a SAK without pliers.

Physical Specifications

  • Length: 91mm
  • Width: 33mm
  • Weight: 185g (Cellidor), 200g (Stag: 1.6791.66)

Identifiers

  • 1.6795: Standard Model - Red Plus scales
  • 1.6791.xx: No toothpick, tweezers, pen, or straight pin; various scale materials/colors - .xx designation
  • 1.6791.66: Staghorn scales (without t/tw)
  • 1.6791.63: Wood scales (without t/tw)
  • 1.6794.xx: With toothpick, and tweezers; but no pen or straight pin, various scale materials/colors .xx designation
  • 1.6794.J97: 100th anniversary edition
  • 1.6794.T7: SilverTech scales, no pen
  • 1.6795.7: White Plus scales
  • 1.6795.69: Hardwood scales (with t/tw)
  • 1.6796: SuperTimer with red watch scales
  • 1.6796.3: SuperTimer with black watch scales

US Model Numbers:

  • 53501: Red Cellidor scales
  • 53503: Black Cellidor scales
  • 53506: Ruby red translucent scales
  • 53507: Sapphire blue translucent scales
  • 53511: Red Cellidor scales with SOS Pouch A
  • 53513: Black Cellidor scales with SOS Pouch A
  • 53520: Rosewood scales
  • 53523: Horn scales
  • 53524: Stag horn scales
  • 53525: Mother-of-pearl scales
  • 53526: Hardwood scales

Related Knives

  • Champion - An ancestor: no pliers or hook. Other tool variations depending upon the Champion version
  • Champion Plus - No pliers
  • SwissChamp XLT - Adds spatula, electrician's blade, small pruner blade, and bit driver
  • SwissChamp XXLT - A very large knife: includes a butane gas lighter
  • SwissChamp XAVT - Pretty much every tool you can have in a 91mm SAK!
  • Cybertool 41 - A large knife with a similar toolset to the SwissChamp: Losing the fish scaler and mag glass/Phillips layers; adding the bit driver

Wenger

  • Champ - A similar model made by Wenger

External Resources

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