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Thread: SAK - Victorinox Tinker

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    Arrow SAK - Victorinox Tinker


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    There's been some interesting discussion about the Vic Tinker in this thread (link):
    My EDC Story - Victorinox Combo Tool Story

    However I thought I'd start a separate thread on this observation.

    Here's the Victorinox Tinker as imported to the USA by Swiss Army Brands (aka Forschner) - listed on their web site:
    http://swissarmy.com/webstore/morein...56&category=39

    tinker (# 53101)
    size:91 mm | 3 1/2 inch
    Large blade
    Small blade
    Can opener with small screwdriver
    Bottle opener with large screwdriver & wire stripper
    Reamer with sewing eye
    Phillips screwdriver
    Toothpick
    Tweezers
    Key ring

    This is on Victorinox's own web site:
    http://www.victorinox.ch/newsite/en/...cfm?pid=0-4603

    Tinker ( 0.4603 )
    Length: 84 mm, 3 1/4"
    1. large blade
    2. small blade
    3. Phillips screwdriver
    4. can opener with
    5. - small screwdriver
    6. cap lifter with
    7. - screwdriver
    8. - wire stripper
    9. reamer, punch
    10. key ring
    11. tweezers
    12. Toothpick


    Have you spotted the difference?

    Yes, the reamer has a sewing eye on the US import version.....

    BUT more important the US import version is bigger -
    it is 91mm (3 1/2") compared to the 84mm (3 1/4") size shown on the Victorinox web site.

    Notice the Swiss/international model number for the 84mm Tinker is: 0.4603 -

    According to the catalog sheets Victorinox sent me back in Jan/1993 there is a 91mm model with the exact same features as the 84mm Tinker - but it did not have a name - only the model # 1.46.03 - which is strikingly similar to the 84mm Tinker - except for the preceeding "1".

    Victorinox catalog sheet circa 1992/3 - Note the 91mm size category at the top -


    The US Tinker(?) Model # 1.46.03 details from the second column, second knife down:

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    Victorinox makes an unbelievable number of different models.
    I'd like to know if there are any alox models other than the ones commonly found.

    Paul

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    Originally posted by PWork
    I'd like to know if there are any alox models other than the ones commonly found.
    Paul,

    Someone posted a link to new US imported Alox models for 2003:
    http://www.equipped.com/pp/pic916.htm
    in addition to the Alox Bantam there were these:

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    the solo alox has the sides the size of the soldier. nice. the alox bantam is 84mm and is very thin (too thin for me) I wonder which one the 2 bladed apprentice is like. does anyone know?

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    UnknownVT thanks for making a bunch of very interesting posts about SAKs. The Tinker is one of my favourites, particularly the 84mm version. It is the smallest SAK which has all the tools that I use. I find that I use the blade, can opener, Philips head, flatblade
    screwdriver and tweezers a lot. I never find myself really needing any other tool. Although the alox ones look better and have slightly better blades, I like having the Philips head and the tweezers in the standard versions.

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    Originally posted by markd1
    the solo alox has the sides the size of the soldier. nice. the alox bantam is 84mm and is very thin (too thin for me) I wonder which one the 2 bladed apprentice is like. does anyone know?
    I have the Solo, Settler, Apprentice, and Harvester. I also have the Electrician that has been sold in the U.S. for quite a few years. I'm not sure how it differs from the Electrician Plus. They are all 91mm long. I don't notice any differences in the width of the scales. Here are the dimensions, by my measure:

    Solo, Settler, Apprentice - 8mm (scales + one backspring)

    Electrician - 11mm (scales + two equal width backsprings + one spacer)

    Harvester - 13mm (scales + three varying width backsprings + two spacers)

    Several U.S. retailers have the Alox models in stock now. If anyone notices when the 84mm Tinker becomes available, I would appreciate finding out. I have the 91mm Tinker, and it is a favorite for weekend carry. Great knife.

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    Originally posted by tarsier
    If anyone notices when the 84mm Tinker becomes available, I would appreciate finding out. I have the 91mm Tinker, and it is a favorite for weekend carry. Great knife.
    Since the 84mm Tinker is the one Victorinox shows as current on their (new) web site.

    You might want to contact Paul Elsener (the son of the current owner of Victorinox) to see if he has any, or can get you one -
    use the Swiss/international model # 0.4603

    Victorinox Stores Inc
    (914) 428-8473
    125 Westchester Ave
    White Plains, NY

    Victorinox Stores Inc
    (860) 521-1806
    Westfarms Mall
    Farmington, CT

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    Thanks for the info Tarsier. I'm looking for a 2 bladed, single layer vik to carry with my LM juice. The apprentice or the settler should fit the bill.

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    I've never dealt with this seller (davemack@aol.com) but he has a good selection on ebay. http://www.stores.ebay.com/davemacks...pt9/index.html

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    Back in 1977 a friend gave me a Vic Tinker (if that's what it was called then) because I was always looking for a toothpick. It took me nine years to lose the toothpick plus one more year to lose the knife.
    The rounded edges of the Vic's screw drivers drove me crazy which my friend knew about so he gave me a Leatherman plus a Vic Classic when I lost the Tinker. I still carry the Leatherman and the Vic Classic even though I've had to replace the Classic twice.

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    Tango Sierra,
    Those rounded screwdrivers drive me crazy too. It's easy to square them off - you only need about 5 minutes and a sharpening stone. Whenever I get a new SAK, the first (and only) things that I do to it is to square off the screwdrivers and file the tweezers down to a smaller point.

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    Thumbs up

    Originally posted by Frank
    I've never dealt with this seller (davemack@aol.com) but he has a good selection on ebay. http://www.stores.ebay.com/davemacks...pt9/index.html
    I ordered a Victorinox Compact from him last Tuesday morning, paid with PayPal, and received my knife on Friday. I think his prices are fair, and shipping is very reasonable ($1.75). The knife was brand new, factory packaged, and shipped in a padded envelope.


    Dave

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    Arrow

    Just received e-mail from Paul Elsener -
    he has the 84mm Tinker model # 0.4603 for $18.75
    - contact him for more info:

    Victorinox Stores Inc
    (914) 428-8473
    125 Westchester Ave
    White Plains, NY

    Victorinox Stores Inc
    (860) 521-1806
    Westfarms Mall
    Farmington, CT

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    >>EDIT (6/3/03 12:35AM)<<
    Paul said it was OK to post his E-mail address
    (which should make inquiries so much easier) -

    CHPAULUSA@aol.com

    Please tell him you got the address from BladeForums.
    Last edited by UnknownVT; 06-02-2003 at 11:25 PM.

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    I've bought about 10 Tinkers over the years to give to my kids. I wondered why the ones I ordered from the Aafes (Army & Air Force Exchange System) were always the 84mm version. Know I know it is because they buy them directly from the Swiss (in Switzerland) distributor and ship them to the service member in the US. They even make us pay duty on them if the Gov'nmt requires. When I've bought one in the US it has been the 91 mm version.

    I have an 84 mm version NIB awaiting my grandson to reach 8 yrs old and join the Cub Scouts. If it is valuable to someone who has an equally new 91 mm that wants to trade, I could, or not, no biggie to me.

    Bruce Woodbury

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    Question

    Originally posted by bruce
    I have an 84 mm version NIB awaiting
    Bruce,

    would you mind please checking your 84mm Tinker - to see if the reamer/punch has a sewing eye?

    I have heard that perhaps the photo and information on the Victorinox web site is out of date and the 84mm models now have the newer reamer/punch tool WITH sewing eye.

    Thanks,

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    Vincent
    Both my newer 84mm tinker and tourist do have a sewing eye in the reamer/punch.

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    Originally posted by markd1
    Both my newer 84mm tinker and tourist do have a sewing eye in the reamer/punch.
    Thanks markd1 -

    When did you buy these 84mm models with the sewing eye in the reamer, please?

    Thanks,

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    Both purchased this year (last month)in the US via the new distribution.

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    Yes, the 84mm Tinker I got from Switzerland, through the Army PX system does have an eye in the punch (or is it a punch in the eye!).

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    Talking

    Originally posted by bruce
    (or is it a punch in the eye!).
    Hurts to think about it

    Was the purchase fairly recent? when?

    thanks,

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