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First Look: Victorinox Forester Wood

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by TheHunt, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. TheHunt


    Dec 26, 2006
    Sounds familiar?
    The fairs are done, the catalogs are out and the „I gotta get this“-feeling hits hard.
    ...more or less.
    In my case, as for 2017, less.

    Actually, the new arrivals for 2017 from „the big names“ didn´t do it for me.

    I´m I getting old?
    Did I lost my taste?

    Worst case scenario, don´t I like tools anymore????
    ...panic settles in....

    No, far from it!
    Imature as ever, irresponsible and basically a big boy.
    Says my wife.

    Who´s to argue with SWMBO (She who must be obeyed)?

    Nothing realy interesting, that´s just it.
    Till now.

    Victorinox announced, as usual, some nice additions to their lineup.

    And if you get this far, bear with me, it will get interesting!

    Let´s hear it for the Forester Wood:

    What´s that, a Forester with wooden scales?
    Exactly that!

    Very nicely done walnut-scales!

    With it´s sibblings:

    It´s getting warmer, the days are longer, so off into the woods, doing some carving.
    With the ecellent saw the Forester comes with:

    Don´t forget the awl:

    So, done:

    This piece of art wasn´t done by me, a shame actually...

    As with all big 111mm-models the blade locks in place, using the proven, easy to use and reliable Liner-Lock.
    A heavens send for a clumsy creature loke me...

    As usual with Victorinox the Liner-Lock is leftyfriendly, meaning one has to push to the right side to unlock.

    A half-stop adds security:

    The same is true for the bottleopener, it locks as well (keep in mind, the heavenly, world known german beer still has bottle caps, not twist caps, and the Swiss know that!)

    If you need more torque the bottle opener comes with a half-stop as well.

    This handy feature is a legacy from the current Swiss/German Army knives and I realy like it.
    But keep in mind:
    The right tool for the job, folks.
    That is a sturdy bottle opener, for sure, capable to double as a light to medium prybar, but this is not a Marine-proof crowbar!

    Speaking of opening a bottle...
    If the bottle opener was used by this lovely couple, or the corkscrew unfortunately isn´t handen down to us...

    ...Bottle opener, how about that :)

    If this goes on for much longer, the canopener will come in handy, who drinks will get hungry for sure.

    With its bigger brother and little sister:

    Has anybody ever gotten a dull blade from Victorinox?
    Na, me neither.
    Sharp as a razor is more like it. What´s not to like?
    If you managed to get a Vic dull it´s a breaze to resharpen, thanks to the timeproven stainless steel used.

    Going into the woods, one could choose worse company than the Forester.
    Actually its a pretty good choice!

    Right now I prefer natural materials, taking a step away from Zytel, Kydex, G10, FRN & Co.

    Steel, wood, leather (I´m talking about the boots!)
    A little fire and a hot coffe in the forest...

    ...I do get old. The simple things, you know?

    It you managed to get to this point, thanks for bearing with me.

    As usual, if you got any questions, shoot!
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2017
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  2. billsch8

    billsch8 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    Wow, beautiful Forester! Also nice pics. Looks like a fine addition to your collection and a great piece for the kit.
  3. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Beautiful knife! I haven't been that attracted to Vic's longer models but this I find very appealing!
  4. numberthree


    Dec 14, 2000
    basically fills the void of the now discontinued Rucksack... nice!
  5. mnblade


    Feb 7, 2000
    No toothpick and tweezers? :-(
  6. drail


    Feb 23, 2008
    They shoulda started making that 50 years ago. Very very handsome. And cool. Knives with wood scales have a soul.
  7. ArchVV

    ArchVV Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 8, 2015
    Great post!
  8. NelsonIII

    NelsonIII Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Love the stump skulls!
  9. bozhidar47


    Aug 15, 2016
    Thanks very much for your comments on wood and "the simple things." Yes, agreed.

    Excellent post and knife description --- all highlighting those beautiful wood handles.
    I ordered my Forester Wood (111mm) just last evening. It will come alongside my Victorinox Hunter Pro Wood....looking forward to it!

  10. bozhidar47


    Aug 15, 2016
    Bummer one more time.

    I got my new Forester Wood in hand, took some nice photos, but cannot get photobucket to copy the photos into the Forum. It's got to be one of the worst photo service sites out there.:thumbsdown: Have been trying all weekend and today, but no go. The Victorinox knife is quality, as usual, has a great assortment of tools, and I think the wood scales are exceptionally beautiful.

    Been thinking about trying out Flickr, but also haven't figured how I can copy my pb photos into that second photo web site. You might all guess that I'm not a big fan of cyberspace stuff.:(

    If anyone is considering getting the Forester Wood after seeing the great photos and interesting comments in this thread, I'd say it would be an excellent addition to your knife collection!!:)
  11. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Sorry to do a slight necro from June, but have just ordered one. Anybody else got one of these in the past few months? Rather looking forward to this one. :cool:
  12. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    Love the look of the wood, but never been into these particular models and don't see why they can't accept the toothpick and tweezers.
  13. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I hear you . Perhaps it was a decision based on aesthetics? The dual medium grip version is also lacking, however, so it is something of a conundrum. I have tweezers in my first aid kit, so barring the inconvenience it isn’t a deal breaker for me.

    The Champ will still be on hand for knife disassembly, though, those SAK tweezers are bloody useful. :)
  14. Wardo46


    Jun 26, 2015
    Beautiful knife but it looks like the liner lock would be pretty uncomfortable if you need to grip the knife firmly. I'd be interested in your thoughts on that when you get it.
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  15. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I will be sure to report back, with pictures. :thumbsup:

    At the same time, given that Christmas/Channukah [don’t ask] is approaching, I got a great deal on three black Foresters for my three kids. Each of them engraved with initials for a good price, and complete with toothpick and tweezers. Looking forward to mine arriving :cool:
  16. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Well, it arrived from Germany, interestingly, a couple of days ago. Here is a quick glimpse, sorry for the sub-optimal quality:



    I will need to test this knife thoroughly, but your concern regarding the liner lock is reasonable. I’d say there are two natural positions, both of which avoid making a hot spot of the liner. The ‘choked up’ forward position is very good, the backward, hammer grip is further back than is totally ideal, due to the liner.

    That being said, I love it. I’m going to do some proper, real world testing, which surely must involve woodland, if only due to the name of this tool. I’ll return in a month or two, with better pictures.
  17. allenC


    Jun 18, 2000
    Very nice!
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  18. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    I thought this thread would not be so old to give it a little bump!
    I had been eyeing on this knife for many times until I could no longer wait! :)
    It's really strange how impressed you can be with Victorinox - every time you pull it out of the box! They always make their knives just flawlessly. I might be biased because I love Victorinox but still!

    The wood on this one is gorgeous! It's not treated in any way so it will probably live a little with dirty hands but that's fine for me.

    According to pictures I've browsed through internet these come in varying shades. The opposite side is slightly lighter, but shades to darker at the bottom. Beautiful!

    Someone asked if the liner is issue- for me it's certainly not. I love the full grip handle and the warmth of the wood in hand.

    This will be my summer knife for sure, popping beers and opening wines, whittling sausage roasting sticks! :D

    Absolutely stunned!
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  19. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    Yay! Great post, and nice to think ahead to Summer - it's pissing down with rain where I am right now..! :)
    A.L. likes this.
  20. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    Still snow(ing) here, but I live in hope and look ahead! :D
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