As always, great article Myron. Thanks for sharing!
Nice collections Myron and philodemus
Great article Myron!
Philodemus, your collection is just so superb. That South African NSN has been on my list forever. And I have never seen the Canadian collector edition. Must be super rare. Very nice.Myron
Fellow Knights and Soldier SAK collectors, I just published an article on my blog highlighting my experience collecting the Model 1961. If you'd like to read it, it can be found here: http://www.roverhaven.com/the-rover-haven-blogEnjoy!MyronTeaser pic:(Image removed from quote.)
In 20 years from now, people will be searching for these modern Soldiers as a BYSAK. It's all about perspective.
I lack three SAKs to have every year of issue from 1962 to 2019, and all of them are harder-to-find Model 2008's. If they are scarce now, imagine 20 years from now. And speaking of the Model 2008, I can't wait to see what supersedes it. I wonder if the venerable can opener will finally sunset.
When does a SAK become not-a-SAK?
I think that’s an excellent question. Some days ago I was “sorting” (my euphemism for “fondling”) my knives, and I came across my sole 111mm knife, a Hunter I purchased in the late 80s. While it’s a good knife that always did whatever was required of it, and there is no doubt that it is indeed a SAK, there is something intangible that just doesn’t sit right with me. And I don’t know why. I’ve given this question much more thought than it deserves, yet I remain both firm in my conviction and completely mystified as to why I feel this way. I have no significant issue with the 108mm models, so I don’t think the size alone is the problem. Maybe it’s the asymmetry?I suppose it’s a very good thing we don’t all like the same things; otherwise finding those special SAKs from bygone days would be even harder than it already is. Edited to add: I think I might have had an epiphany. I got “into” SAKs around 1985. I think perhaps if it doesn’t look like a SAK that was around at that time it isn’t a “real” SAK to me. Maybe.
That just looks
I apologize in advance, but my MTO search skills are lacking. I seem to recall somebody mentioning a supply of NIB Soldiers from 1993 and 1996 (I think) appearing in the Victorinox factory store. In any case, I recently purchased what I believe to be one of these (from 93), and I’m quite pleased. I normally try to purchase Soldiers that appear to have been issued, but as this is impossible to ascertain in knives from this era, I’m pleased to have a shiny new one to complete my little collection of what I consider to be the major variations in the model. My question is: does anyone have any additional information on this particular group of NOS knives?
Ok, I'm a crappy photographer, but here is my complete set of M2008's thru 2019. If you're interested in collecting the M2008's, it's been my experience that the years 2008 and 2012 are very difficult to find. I had to pay the going rate for my 2008, but then got lucky and found an under-described 2012 on the 'bay and got it for a very good price. I'll pick up a 2020 when they become available, which should be soon. Anybody in the US have one of those yet?First, 2008 thru 2013:(Image removed from quote.)And then 2014 thru 2019:(Image removed from quote.)And then I tried to get them all in one shot (in one layer):(Image removed from quote.)