Wenger SAK alert! :O

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Mecha, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
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  2. GIRLYmann

    GIRLYmann

    Nov 7, 2005
    some of you fellas might get a kick outta dis
    perhaps even enjoy watching
    what was once wenger.. :)


     
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  3. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Is the Wenger factory still making Wenger-marked knives, and is simply owned by Victorinox?

    Because from what I read, Victorinox cut the Wenger name from knives in 2013, and the Wenger factory is making knives marked Victorinox. Is this the case, or no?

    Maybe we need someone from Switzerland in here to clarify this.
     
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  4. rxavage

    rxavage

    959
    Aug 16, 2014
    I think my boy is going to need a wenger sak. Good looks mecha. I’ll be keeping an eye on this forum.
     
  5. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    I believe the basic design for these is from Wenger ? o_O Vic just added the rubbery grip and some minor changes to the lock etc .
     
  6. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Yessir. I'm gonna do my best. Starting with checking the dates on the Wengers at the knife store. I CAN say that they have been there since before 2013, I'm damn sure.
     
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  7. Worldwatcher

    Worldwatcher Gold Member Gold Member

    657
    Dec 19, 2015
    Same with watches. The Wenger watches are crap now...
     
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  8. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Exactly. Victorinox saw what Wenger was doing and had to stomp it out before they rocketed ahead in the world of SAKs. Now with the current Rangergrip all we see is the nascent, un-developed potential of what Wenger was going to do. o_O
     
  9. HotGuts

    HotGuts

    58
    Apr 1, 2016
    Very generous offer, Thank you!
    I'd be in for a Pocket Tool Chest or Traveller in black, if they have either of those laying around.
     
  10. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    They have a little glass case with a decent selection. I just hope everything is still as it was and this isn't all for nothin'!
     
  11. Old Biker

    Old Biker

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    Sep 25, 2016
    The knives, that I own, that were made in the former Wenger factory in Delemont, are marked;
    Victorinox
    Swiss Made
    Delemont
    They are Wenger size and style knives, with mostly Wenger tools, but with the Victorinox name on them. They do have a Victorinox style can opener and corkscrew. Both of which are improvements over the Wenger style in my opinion.

    O.B.
     
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  12. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Aha, thanks for the info, Old Biker.
     
  13. GIRLYmann

    GIRLYmann

    Nov 7, 2005
    "...
    Wenger brand Swiss Army knives will no longer be produced as of 2014, said Victorinox, the owners of the brand.

    “Many consumers can hardly distinguish between the knife products from Victorinox and Wenger and the global fight for survival is getting increasingly fierce,” said Carl Elsener, CEO of Victorinox.

    Wenger, a company that has been producing the multiple tooled pocket knives since 1893, was purchased by Victorinox in 2005.

    Urs Keiser, a spokesman for Victorinox, explains the reasoning behind the decision, “The Swiss Army knife was not differentiated for the consumer abroad — we had to fix that confusion,” Victorinox has competition “to maintain shelf space” in stores. Having two similar looking brands of Swiss Army Knives in one store was a problem.

    “That’s why we are joining forces and focusing on one brand: Victorinox… The concentration of forces will allow the group to grow within the global competitive environment, to enhance the product range and to strengthen the Delémont site in the long term.”

    Victorinox said the decision would not affect any jobs at Wenger, which employs 248 people worldwide, including 193 people in Switzerland. Keiser added that Victorinox’s goal was to “maintain and create jobs — this reflects the company’s phliosophy”. Victorinox said it will continue to operate the Wenger site in Delémont, with all knives being produced there rebranded under the Victorinox name..."
    source
     
  14. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013


    There it is, straight from the horse's mouth: after a century of struggle against each other, the forces of Victorinox were finally able to destroy their arch-rival Wenger Syndicate once and for all, executing a hostile takeover and stamping out Wenger's very name from the world of knives.
     
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  15. GIRLYmann

    GIRLYmann

    Nov 7, 2005
    i certainly know nothing of watches.
    i was once told ages ago by some sales rep
    that wenger watches had omega engines ???!!
     
  16. herisson

    herisson Apple slicing rocking chair dweller Platinum Member

    Mar 11, 2013
    Actually, the brand Victorinox is a little bit older than Wenger. They have competed for over a century for being the purveyor for the Swiss Army Knife. One year, one won, the next year, it was the other. This may explain the discrepancies in the official SAKs : I remember an uncle still having his service SAK with a clip main blade and brown fiber scales. I lusted after this knife. Thought it was way sexier than the current spear bladed red plastic scaled ones. In the end, Victorinox won Wenger over because they managed to churn out more knives, with better finish, better quality control, more option choices and a bombproof warranty. They also decided to invest massively in their production facility at the right time.
     
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  17. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Back when I got my first SAK in 1971, I went with the Victorinox as I liked their can opener, better than that "V" shaped one that Wenger had at that time. I also thought that although the Wenger was perfectly serviceable, it was not as well finished as the Victorinox. I also believe Victorinox just about had to buy the Wenger brand, as if the Chinese bought the name, it would be very hard for them to compete against the Chinese. John
     
  18. Schuey2002

    Schuey2002

    Feb 25, 2003
    Please post some pics.. :)
     
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  19. Mecha

    Mecha Titanium Bladesmith Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Pics will be posted upon arrival at the knife store, in the next couple days.

    Interested Wengerites and their knife hopes are being written down on a list. So far there are 4 "yes" and two "maybe."

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    Purchased Wengers will be posted, so that the Victorinoxians can see and secretly seeth that they didn't take this chance to upgrade to a NOS Wenger.
     
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  20. Gamecocks84

    Gamecocks84

    48
    Dec 9, 2019
    I bought one of the evo grip knifes years ago. it works really good, doesn't slip out of my hands as easy as the normal swiss knives.
     

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