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First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“

de Offline Thehunt

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First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
on: May 20, 2017, 12:36:05 PM
A collector´s life can be hard  sometimes...

As the Outrider has just arrived, the next package from Ibach is on its way, so...
By the way, my wife´s nerves are made from steel, just like the new arrival´s blade.


The Spartan PS, the Spartan´s PS, to be precise, as they come in black and white.

By the way, it way way more difficult to capture these beautys in pictures.

PS?
Right, the plain jane Spartan should be widely known by now, its a steadfast in the Victorinox line up, for years a bestseller.

But PS?
What schould that be?

PS stands for „polyspectral“, which is a special surface treatment, which I don´t even try to understand :-) It´s also called Inox-Spectral.

Never seen something like this before...

I´m no chemist, but as far as I understand it, its a chromeoxide layer on the steel´s surface.
The colour depends on the thickness and lighting.

And in the case of the Spartan PS its, you guys guessed it, black.
And what a wonderfull one that is!




A real attention getter is the fact, that not only the blade, but alle the hardware is treated, so you have an „all blacked out“ tool. And it looks amazing!




The tool selection on the Spartans should be mentioned briefliy:
large blade, penblade, caplifter, small screwdriver, large screwdriver, bottle opener, awl, corkscrew, tweezers, toothpick.

So, everything is black?
Exactly!!
Well, nearly.


Toothpick and tweezers are standard, wouldn´t it be cool to have them in black too?

If thta´s to „goth“ for your liking, theres also a version with white scales!
(got both, couldn´t resist...)



The small clothepin hole is present as well.

For comparison:


With polyspectral treatment and „standard“.
And thats the tricky part, catching this with the camera wasn´t as easy as I thought it would be...
Depending on th e lihting, the camera „sees“ it quite different from the human eye. Both blades are treated, one slightly canted:


Amazing...

Being „Black&White“, what comes to mind?


I´m realy stunned by this new treatment, how it will put up with long term use, we will see...


For your viewing pleasure:


I´m realy stunned by the two new Spartans and hope to see more models come with this treatment in the future!
 
If you have any questions, shoot!
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 02:38:22 PM
That's yummy.  :drool:
Great pics too. :salute:

+1!  :like: :hatsoff:
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 02:53:51 PM
Lovely with some (non-commercial) photos of that one here, I was curious about those.  :tu:


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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 08:34:23 PM
Crazy how different they look in some of the pics  :o If I hadn't known better I would have thought some of them were plain SS :ahhh Great pics and captions :tu: :like: :like:


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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #5 on: May 23, 2017, 09:00:43 PM
Crazy how different they look in some of the pics  :o If I hadn't known better I would have thought some of them were plain SS :ahhh Great pics and captions :tu: :like: :like:

Catch them at the right angle and you can't tell the difference
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #6 on: May 23, 2017, 09:02:14 PM
A collector´s life can be hard  sometimes...

As the Outrider has just arrived, the next package from Ibach is on its way, so...
By the way, my wife´s nerves are made from steel, just like the new arrival´s blade.


The Spartan PS, the Spartan´s PS, to be precise, as they come in black and white.

By the way, it way way more difficult to capture these beautys in pictures.

PS?
Right, the plain jane Spartan should be widely known by now, its a steadfast in the Victorinox line up, for years a bestseller.

But PS?
What schould that be?

PS stands for „polyspectral“, which is a special surface treatment, which I don´t even try to understand :-) It´s also called Inox-Spectral.

Never seen something like this before...

I´m no chemist, but as far as I understand it, its a chromeoxide layer on the steel´s surface.
The colour depends on the thickness and lighting.

And in the case of the Spartan PS its, you guys guessed it, black.
And what a wonderfull one that is!

(Image removed from quote.)
(Image removed from quote.)

A real attention getter is the fact, that not only the blade, but alle the hardware is treated, so you have an „all blacked out“ tool. And it looks amazing!
(Image removed from quote.)
(Image removed from quote.)
(Image removed from quote.)

The tool selection on the Spartans should be mentioned briefliy:
large blade, penblade, caplifter, small screwdriver, large screwdriver, bottle opener, awl, corkscrew, tweezers, toothpick.

So, everything is black?
Exactly!!
Well, nearly.
(Image removed from quote.)

Toothpick and tweezers are standard, wouldn´t it be cool to have them in black too?

If thta´s to „goth“ for your liking, theres also a version with white scales!
(got both, couldn´t resist...)

(Image removed from quote.)

The small clothepin hole is present as well.

For comparison:
(Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.)

With polyspectral treatment and „standard“.
And thats the tricky part, catching this with the camera wasn´t as easy as I thought it would be...
Depending on th e lihting, the camera „sees“ it quite different from the human eye. Both blades are treated, one slightly canted:
(Image removed from quote.)

Amazing...

Being „Black&White“, what comes to mind?
(Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.)

I´m realy stunned by this new treatment, how it will put up with long term use, we will see...


For your viewing pleasure:
(Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.) (Image removed from quote.)

I´m realy stunned by the two new Spartans and hope to see more models come with this treatment in the future!
 
If you have any questions, shoot!

Nice write up and I like the PRS-68 as well  :tu:
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #7 on: May 23, 2017, 09:46:38 PM
Nice write up,and some great photos :tu:
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #8 on: May 25, 2017, 02:28:42 AM
Thanks for sharing!  Wondering if either of yours will be users?  I'm curious to know how that finish will hold up to some use.


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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #9 on: June 10, 2017, 01:48:26 AM
Looks great!


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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #10 on: June 10, 2017, 05:36:43 AM
Great looking knives and the BO looks top notch. Should wear nicely.
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #11 on: June 10, 2017, 05:33:37 PM
I think we probably should call it PS, not BO, since it real life looks a little different and chemically is pretty different too:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_oxide

vs

https://www.poligrat.co.uk/home/index.php?sectionID=74

Yes, it is oxidization, yes, it is black, but with PS on stainless steel it's a chromium oxide, not an iron oxide. (Yes, I double checked the spelling from https://www.victorinox.com/global/en/Products/Swiss-Army-Knives/Medium-Pocket-Knives/Spartan-PS/p/1.3603.3P )

There. Nit-picking done for today. (I have a job where being detail oriented and nit-picky is a strength. I know it doesn't carry over well to other areas. :) )


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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #12 on: September 11, 2017, 10:37:46 AM
wow, have to put this on my wish list, price is kinda steep, but  :drool: :drool:


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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #13 on: September 11, 2017, 04:15:36 PM
Great pictures and wonderful SAK.  Can't believe I missed this thread. 
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Re: First Look: Spartan PS „Black and White“
Reply #14 on: October 25, 2017, 07:35:48 AM
If you can afford it, which I can't, the black spartan is at an all time low price on amazon right now


 

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