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Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #120 on: April 14, 2017, 05:31:06 AM
I purchased a Champion Plus before I had a Swiss Champ.  I wasn't concerned about pliers since I had multiple LM Juice & Charge models with pliers.  Since then, I have become partial to Swiss Champs with 7 and counting and the Champion Plus is still new in box.  I'm glad to have it but I think that one is enough.

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #121 on: April 14, 2017, 06:33:47 AM
I purchased a Champion Plus before I had a Swiss Champ.  I wasn't concerned about pliers since I had multiple LM Juice & Charge models with pliers.  Since then, I have become partial to Swiss Champs with 7 and counting and the Champion Plus is still new in box.  I'm glad to have it but I think that one is enough.

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #122 on: May 12, 2017, 04:01:25 PM
Hi All,
New to the Forum but finding it really useful.  I purchased a bundle of SAK from Western Australia. When they turned up it was 2 Huntsman, a Spartan and a Champion Plus. Looking at the SAK wiki, it appears to be the early version with no plus scales. All in good condition, once I have given it a clean and polish it will be a regular accessory for me.
I really like the logo on the back, it is not the usual company advertising as it is Victorinox branding. Can anyone shed light on when this was released and for which market.
Cheers
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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #123 on: May 12, 2017, 06:43:24 PM
Hi All,
New to the Forum but finding it really useful.  I purchased a bundle of SAK from Western Australia. When they turned up it was 2 Huntsman, a Spartan and a Champion Plus. Looking at the SAK wiki, it appears to be the early version with no plus scales. All in good condition, once I have given it a clean and polish it will be a regular accessory for me.
I really like the logo on the back, it is not the usual company advertising as it is Victorinox branding. Can anyone shed light on when this was released and for which market.
Cheers

Welcome to the forum!

Cool logo on the Champion.  You will find the Champion to be a very handy knife to carry. :like: :tu: :tu:


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #124 on: May 12, 2017, 08:53:51 PM
Hi All,
New to the Forum but finding it really useful.  I purchased a bundle of SAK from Western Australia. When they turned up it was 2 Huntsman, a Spartan and a Champion Plus. Looking at the SAK wiki, it appears to be the early version with no plus scales. All in good condition, once I have given it a clean and polish it will be a regular accessory for me.
I really like the logo on the back, it is not the usual company advertising as it is Victorinox branding. Can anyone shed light on when this was released and for which market.
Cheers

Welcome to the forum!

Cool logo on the Champion.  You will find the Champion to be a very handy knife to carry. :like: :tu: :tu:

I removed the fish scaler and added an inline awl to a mod I have and now it is my EDC :tu: The Champion is one SAK that is close to the top of my list as a fav :like: :like:


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #125 on: May 12, 2017, 08:55:43 PM
Comparison with my Champion, Master Ranger and Ranger for size reference :tu:

20170428_205253 by Poncho 65, on Flickr


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #126 on: October 26, 2017, 12:04:25 PM
It's been about half a year since someone posted here.
It seems the Champion has lost it's former glory. It has been surpassed by the SwissChamp.


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Recently I picked up a Champion 'just because'. It had a fluted corkscrew which was reason enough for me to get it.
Knowing that the Champion was the former flagship I kind of expected it to be like a SwissChamp. And to be something to have on display.
However, when I cut it out of it's packaging it felt somewhat familiar. Almost like my Handyman. So it's definitely something I can carry.

My dad has a SwissChamp and I compared the two. My Dad's Champ is from around 1990-2000. So there are bound to be some differences.
To name a few:

- Both have an old style grey magnifier, but the 1990 has a beveled edge on the inside of the lens mount. Also, the lens on the SwissChamp is larger in diameter.
     
Magnifiers front and back; Champion on the left, SwissChamp on the right

- The Champion has the old style fine screwdriver. Which is to be expected because it's much older.

Fine screwdriver; Chamion top, SwissChamp bottom

- The numerals on the ruler of the Champion are different from the SwissChamp's. They are larger and a notable difference can be seen in the 4. The Champion 4 is closed whereas the 4 on the SwissChamp is open. The Champion has a magnetized tip, I didn't test the SwissChamp on this.
     
Fishscaler front and back; Champion bottom, SwissChamp top


Fishscaler close up; Champion on the bottom, SwissChamp on the top

I'm inclined to say that I like the Champion more than the SwissChamp. It has quite possibly to do with the thickness and the weight. Sure, the SwissChamp has the pliers which I really like. And perhaps the SwissChamp has more back layer tools and the outstanding plus scales. But the Champion feels more comfortable in my hand. The fact that I am used to the Handyman may play a role in that.

So, former glory? Perhaps. But this SAK isn't called Champion for nothing. Because it is, a Champion.
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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #127 on: December 24, 2017, 09:24:00 PM
Comparison with my Champion, Master Ranger and Ranger for size reference :tu:

20170428_205253 by Poncho 65, on Flickr

I missed this post.  Poncho, what's a Master Ranger?

It's been about half a year since someone posted here.
That was good information you posted about the differences, thank you!
Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #128 on: December 24, 2017, 11:30:12 PM
Comparison with my Champion, Master Ranger and Ranger for size reference :tu:


I missed this post.  Poncho, what's a Master Ranger?


That was good information you posted about the differences, thank you!
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FB, I believe the Master Ranger is one of Poncho's mods.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #129 on: December 25, 2017, 12:50:29 AM
Good thing I had mine with me today since it was Christmas at the in-laws with lots of kids with lots of toys and of course which needed lots of batteries so my small blade and philips got alot of use this afternoon.

I was gonna just throw a Compact in my pocket but glad I didn't cause I needed the inline philips to reach into the toys where the battery compartment was and the combo tool or any opening layer setup would NOT have worked!

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #130 on: December 25, 2017, 04:28:48 PM
Good thing I had mine with me today since it was Christmas at the in-laws with lots of kids with lots of toys and of course which needed lots of batteries so my small blade and philips got alot of use this afternoon.

I was gonna just throw a Compact in my pocket but glad I didn't cause I needed the inline philips to reach into the toys where the battery compartment was and the combo tool or any opening layer setup would NOT have worked!

me too...it is the perfect SAK for Christmas gettogethers



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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #131 on: December 25, 2017, 08:15:21 PM
Comparison with my Champion, Master Ranger and Ranger for size reference :tu:


I missed this post.  Poncho, what's a Master Ranger?


That was good information you posted about the differences, thank you!

FB, I believe the Master Ranger is one of Poncho's mods.
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Yup it is.  :tu:
Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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us Offline Barry Rowland

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #132 on: December 25, 2017, 10:52:32 PM
I have to find a Champ now  :facepalm:. Mactires write-up really has me interested!
Barry


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #133 on: December 25, 2017, 11:13:24 PM
A Vic Champion was my first SAK (still have it) many, many years ago. I used it mainly when backpacking and hiking. Now I carry a Tinker in my pocket.

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #134 on: December 25, 2017, 11:41:31 PM
Comparison with my Champion, Master Ranger and Ranger for size reference :tu:


I missed this post.  Poncho, what's a Master Ranger?


That was good information you posted about the differences, thank you!

FB, I believe the Master Ranger is one of Poncho's mods.
Yup it is.  :tu:
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Ahhh, okay, that explains why I can't find it in the SakWiki.
Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #135 on: March 16, 2018, 12:31:16 AM
I was thrilled to find this NOS Champion with Brookstone inlay recently.  I've had the Brookstone Hamilton field watch for a long time, so now it has a friend. 

Myron







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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #136 on: March 16, 2018, 01:36:04 AM
Nice!!!!
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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #137 on: March 16, 2018, 11:11:53 AM
I love the Champion. Its the first SAK my dad used to have and its my first exposure to a SAK. Here is my Champion together with my other EDC.
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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #138 on: March 16, 2018, 01:22:52 PM
I love the Champion. Its the first SAK my dad used to have and its my first exposure to a SAK. Here is my Champion together with my other EDC.

everything in that pic is cool   8)  :like: :like:
My toys:

MTs: Surge (2x), Skeletool CX, Rebar, Blast, Fuse, Micra, Squirt (3x), Wave, Crunch, Mini, Spirit (2x), Pro Scout, MP700 (2x), Diesel, Powerlock, PowerPlier (2x), PocketPowerPlier, Blacktip , ST6 (2x), 5WR, A100

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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #139 on: March 17, 2018, 12:03:12 AM
+1!!
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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #140 on: March 17, 2018, 12:22:02 AM
I love the Champion. Its the first SAK my dad used to have and its my first exposure to a SAK. Here is my Champion together with my other EDC.

everything in that pic is cool   8)  :like: :like:

Thanks. Got the papier mache doll from Burma. Its called Pyit Taing Htaung or some form of "tumbling kelly". They fill my office table--no, I am not EDCing them.  :D

I have tried holding the SwissChamp and like others here, I pretty much like the Champion having the right thickness for comfortable grip. I really dont use SAK pliers, I have the Swisstool for that or a LM.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #141 on: April 01, 2018, 04:17:30 PM
As a big fan of the Woodsman, the file with hacksaw would be the only thing I'd add to it. The Champion has that without becoming nearly as thick as the Swiss Champ with its pliers. It's my #2 favorite.

Champion circa 1990 (several additional back layer + original version magnifier) . . .




Champion Plus - AFAIK the last version made . . .



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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #142 on: April 01, 2018, 05:20:41 PM
I was thrilled to find this NOS Champion with Brookstone inlay recently.  I've had the Brookstone Hamilton field watch for a long time, so now it has a friend. 

Myron

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Thats a great find, and great pictures.  :like:


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #143 on: April 01, 2018, 08:07:32 PM
It's my #2 favorite.
Just curious, what is your #1 favorite?  :cheers:
Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #144 on: April 01, 2018, 08:50:00 PM

Champion circa 1990 (several additional back layer + original version magnifier) . .

Champion Plus - AFAIK the last version made . . .
John

Nice pics John! :like: :tu: :tu:


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #145 on: April 01, 2018, 09:28:02 PM
It's my #2 favorite.
Just curious, what is your #1 favorite?  :cheers:


The long discontinued Woodsman. Remove the fish scaler and file, and you have a Woodsman.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #146 on: April 01, 2018, 09:35:13 PM
It's my #2 favorite.
Just curious, what is your #1 favorite?  :cheers:


The long discontinued Woodsman. Remove the fish scaler and file, and you have a Woodsman.


John
Thank you.  I too love the Woodsman, the custom knife I had made for me has a lot of the Woodsman elements.  :tu:

This is the one I had made for me:
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Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #147 on: April 02, 2018, 03:11:30 AM
I was thrilled to find this NOS Champion with Brookstone inlay recently.  I've had the Brookstone Hamilton field watch for a long time, so now it has a friend. 

Myron

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Excellent find . . . looks beautiful. Nice Hammy too. I've got several, a couple pushing toward 35 years old before the Swatch Group acquired them. Never saw one under private label like that though.

John


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #148 on: April 02, 2018, 03:12:47 AM
It's my #2 favorite.
Just curious, what is your #1 favorite?  :cheers:

The long discontinued Woodsman. Remove the fish scaler and file, and you have a Woodsman.

John
Thank you.  I too love the Woodsman, the custom knife I had made for me has a lot of the Woodsman elements.  :tu:

This is the one I had made for me:
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 :tu:  - a minimalist version!

John


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Re: Any love left for the Victorinox Champion?
Reply #149 on: April 02, 2018, 03:16:22 AM
It's my #2 favorite.
Just curious, what is your #1 favorite?  :cheers:

The long discontinued Woodsman. Remove the fish scaler and file, and you have a Woodsman.

John
Thank you.  I too love the Woodsman, the custom knife I had made for me has a lot of the Woodsman elements.  :tu:

This is the one I had made for me:
(Image removed from quote.)

 :tu:  - a minimalist version!

John
I carry it most every day, when I don't carry it, I carry a Compact.
Rest in peace ColoSwiss, you will always be remembered.


 

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