Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! All good things come in pairs, this time is no exception. So, after the Huntsman Wood I have the honor to give you: The Spartan Wood! Like the Huntsman the Spartan Wood come with well fitted walnut scales and bautiful grain: That´s a great pic: With his slightly thicker brother: I think it´s save to say, that the Spartan is the most be known Vxtorinox. Like ever It comes with all the standard tools, which is no surprise, as the Spartan itself is the successor of the older Standard model, which came without tweezers and toothpick and lacks the key ring. In turn the Standard is the modernized version of the original Soldatenmesser, which was introduced in 1897. Same tools, but a different design. The old Standard´s on the far left and far right (truth be told, I replaced the original scales sans T&T with newer versions , as the old ones were just worn...): As you can see, the black Spartans have seen a thing or two, the scales are scuffed… Maybe time for some new oes as well? On top we have a Spartan PS with blacked out hardware, its realy hard to get a hold of this in pictures... The Spartan´s tool selection is the quitessential base for all thicker SAK´s. What do we have? Large blade, snmall blade, can opener, bottle opener (including the small and large flathead drivers), wire bender, awl, corkscrew, tweezers, toothpick and (added by me) the micro flathead driver, and clothespin, hidden in a smal slot behind the corkscrew. These tools are a solid EDC base, all good here. If it works since 1897, it can´t be too bad, right? Wether in the woods or in the kitchen, those blades are wicked sharp. Build for effortless cutting. We are in agreement here, right? Sure, there are many steels which are harder, stay sharp longer, all those supersteels... But. But if you have to sharpen them eventually, four, five swipes with the ceramic rod and our beloved SAK´s are back in business. Try that with ZDP-189. If that stuff is dull, well, that takes a lot more effort, lets keep it at that. As you might have guessed, I have some Spartans in my collection as well (one is none, two is one, and too many is never enough…) They are so damned usefull!A But why a Spartan? It´s sheeplefriendly, office-approved and light enough for dress pants. Not that I wear any, of course Socially acceptable as hell and a sheer bauty with wood scales: ...woooood… me likey! As you have guessed, I love the Spartan. A classic, with a very interessting heritage! Great wood, first class fit and finish, topped with the best quality control in the whole business. Anybody out there who bought a (new) Victorinox, which hab flwas? Na, me neither. And that say´s something, as our friends in Ibach turn out a whopping 120.000 knives a day. Everyday. Chapeau Victorinox! Have a great week folks and thanks for stopping by! As always, if you have any questions, shoot!