It's been a good week. A green Pioneer X and a Northfield #43 folder.
This little blue never number arrived this morning (Image removed from quote.)
Arrived from Austria - replaces the one I lost when I was a kid - worth every penny
I added a Mountaineer to my collection it is in route.Seller said, never used. Sure seems like it's been carried though since it has a chain on it. I'm now thinking there are distinctions between:Never UsedNever Used but CarriedThe ad:https://www.ebay.com/itm/...ksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649Photo from the ad:(Image removed from quote.)
So I got home yesterday and I was welcomed by a nice hefty package on the doormat (and my dog, and my girlfriend).Inside was the Wenger I bought on an impulse. It turned out to be very interesting.But let's start with the sellers photo, advertised as: Victorinox 13 functions.(Image removed from quote.)It's hard to tell a lot form this photo alone. (This one I dug up out of my cache, resized it and cleaned it up). But it has a compas and a magnifier so that was reason enough to pull the trigger on this one.What arrived was a bone dry SAK. Movement was very gritty, there were little stones and sand in the SAK. And I don't like sand. It's coarse and irritating and it get's everywhere.There was no snap in any of the tools and opening them nearly cost me some nails.So today I tried to clean it. It took five cycles in the sonic bath to get clean water. And there is still muck in there. So I'll have some more cleaning to do.(Image removed from quote.)Wenger Bacta TreatmentAfter a dry and a quick oil treatment the snap was back and opening was so much easier.This is what I got: (Image removed from quote.)Mystery Wenger(Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.)Mystery Wenger: front scale, back tool layer and back scale with engravingI like used SAKs. I like to patch them up, sharpen them and give them a second life either on display or in use. With this one it's even more evident it has had a previous owner because the back scale has an engraving. Makes me wonder where this SAK has been because I did not buy it from Gerald.So, what model is it and how old it it? It's got me puzzled. I'm not used to dating Wenger so I look for the obvious. The tang stamp is used from 1966-2008. That's just accurate enough to know it is made at some point in time. The logo on the front scale perhaps? 1975-2008? Then let's take a closer look at the tools, the orienteering tool got me to buy it because I've never seen a metal one before. That hunch was correct. It's a 1st generation orienteering tool which was introduced (according to SakWiki) in 1985-86 and succeed by a 2nd generation in 1986. So now we have a date. One other thing that springs to mind is the absence of the chain. There is no (and has not been) an attachment point.(Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.)Wenger 1st generation orienteering tool and aluminium compassAnd then there is the fishscaler. This one does not have a line guide. So it's an older model.(Image removed from quote.)Wenger fish scaler(Image removed from quote.)Wenger metal file and woodsaw (Image removed from quote.)Wenger scissors(Image removed from quote.)Wenger universal wrenchThe complete toolset:Front layer: Large blade, Nail file, Philips screwdriver, Universal wrench, Scissors, Woodsaw, Metal file/saw, Fishscaler, Magnifier /w Small screwdriver, Orienteering tool, Bottle opener, Can opener.Back layer:Awl (no sewing eye), Corkscrew.Scale tools:Toothpick, TweezersNow we have a date we can look up some catalogs. Sadly, No 1985 and 1986 catalogs are available to me. I do know it does not show up in the 1982 catalog.The Matterhorn (16927) resembles it most. Except it has a keychain and no Orienteering Tool.And then, in the 1990 catalog, I find the answer. It's a Matterhorn Plus. However, in 1990 the orienteering tool has changed to the 2nd gen and there is a keychain. Perhaps they could be ordered without a keychain?So the mystery is solved. The Mystery Wenger is a Matterhorn Plus from around 1985.
Seller said, never used. Sure seems like it's been carried though since it has a chain on it. I'm now thinking there are distinctions between:Never UsedNever Used but Carried
This gorgeous EvoWood S557 was waiting for me at my office this morning.
Jumping ahead of myself maybe.But at least we have a price! 259 euros.