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Article about: It's my day off and there's a foot of snow on the ground and it's snowing again. So I thought I'd dig these out and share. In the middle of 2008 is when they switched models, that's why the

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    It's my day off and there's a foot of snow on the ground and it's snowing again. So I thought I'd dig these out and share. In the middle of 2008 is when they switched models, that's why the 2 have the same year. Still looking for that one without the 1 of 1000 stamp.

    1890 was the first issue of a pocket knife, it had wooden scales, a cutting blade and a flat screw driver blade.
    1901 they introduced synthetic scales
    1908 they added a block in the handle to seperate the srpings
    1908 2nd variant they made the blades of stainless steel
    M51 still looked the same, but they changed from a clip point blade to more rounded, and changed the logo on the scale
    M61 changed scales to aluminum, r style changed, bottle opener added, awl changed shape from round to more of a flat stamped piece
    M08 complete overhaul, liner lock added for blade and screwdriver, saw added, cross slot screwdriver added, blade serrated, hole added to blade for one-handed opening


    Top is M1908 dated '40 Elsener
    M61 3rd variant '66 Elsener
    M61 4th variant '08 Victorinox
    M08 '08 Victorinox
    M08 '09 Victorinox
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    And of course they made the new one for the civvie market as well, and did make one for the Bundeswehr for a time. My example is made by Victorinox. The hole in the blade is longer, and not as round, maker marked on the bolster.

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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    And of course the Swiss weren't the only ones, a couple pf other countries looked into a pocket knife for their troops

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    and the French

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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    A nice presentation Pete, for more information that will help you with your collection of real Swiss army knives here is a good site with accurate information on the full line of REAL SAKs actually issued to the soldiers of the Swiss Army from 1890 to 2012:

    http://couteauxarmee.e-monsite.com/

    Google translate can help you if you do not speak French.

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    Thank you, that's actually the site I use, I don't speak french all that well, but this site has helped with it a little lol I used to collect alot of Swiss militaria, but sold off most of it to buy more Brit kit and USMC 782 gear, but I couldn't give up my knives, I'm still looking for an earlier M61 and an M51.
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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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