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One Man Army - Show your Soldiers 37520

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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #630 on: July 09, 2021, 03:41:42 AM »
My entry: my collection has shifted its focus (almost) entirely on soldiers. And within that category, mostly model 1961s. The collection, after so long, is near complete in my eyes, so I feel like I can finally contribute something of value to this thread which already has so many awesome collections. I'm still working on it and new acquisitions are on the horizon but I think even if I would never be able to purchase another knife, I'm quite satisfied.

For some of you, this collection might look woefully incomplete and that's probably due to a lack of any soldiers variants past the 1989 iteration. Well, one parameter I've set for myself is to collect only those Swiss soldier knives that possess a hollow rivet and thicker tool stock. I've owned several post-hollow rivet knives but they never really gave me any enjoyment in owning them for some reason (I think it's cause they make me feel like I've just bought a contemporary Pioneer) so I sold them all to buy some older knives, and I'm glad I did. I'm still looking for a few models. For example, I'm on the hunt for a good elsener mod. 61 var. 1 (I've only got a Delemont from '65), a couple of good 1980s examples, and a DAK with a bail. I'm also getting into older soldiers so I'm looking to get a dated 1908 as well. If I manage to get some I'll post an update here.

So here's the rundown, left to right.

65 Wenger
65 Elsener
66 W (very weak date stamp)
67 E
70 E
73 E
76 E
79 E
92 E
Pre '70(?) Elinox Pioneer
Old Cross Pioneer
91 DAK

And the two older soldiers are an Elsener 1908-1915 Mod. 1908 with what are presumably the Soldier's initials (CS) on the front scale and a 1959 Grilon scale Mod. 1951 made only by Wenger.
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One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #631 on: July 09, 2021, 03:53:24 AM »
My entry: my collection has shifted its focus (almost) entirely on soldiers. And within that category, mostly model 1961s. The collection, after so long, is near complete in my eyes, so I feel like I can finally contribute something of value to this thread which already has so many awesome collections. I'm still working on it and new acquisitions are on the horizon but I think even if I would never be able to purchase another knife, I'm quite satisfied.

For some of you, this collection might look woefully incomplete and that's probably due to a lack of any soldiers variants past the 1989 iteration. Well, one parameter I've set for myself is to collect only those Swiss soldier knives that possess a hollow rivet and thicker tool stock. I've owned several post-hollow rivet knives but they never really gave me any enjoyment in owning them for some reason (I think it's cause they make me feel like I've just bought a contemporary Pioneer) so I sold them all to buy some older knives, and I'm glad I did. I'm still looking for a few models. For example, I'm on the hunt for a good elsener mod. 61 var. 1 (I've only got a Delemont from '65), a couple of good 1980s examples, and a DAK with a bail. I'm also getting into older soldiers so I'm looking to get a dated 1908 as well. If I manage to get some I'll post an update here.

So here's the rundown, left to right.

65 Wenger
65 Elsener
66 W (very weak date stamp)
67 E
70 E
73 E
76 E
79 E
92 E
Pre '70(?) Elinox Pioneer
Old Cross Pioneer
91 DAK

And the two older soldiers are an Elsener 1908-1915 Mod. 1908 with what are presumably the Soldier's initials (CS) on the front scale and a 1959 Grilon scale Mod. 1951 made only by Wenger.
Superb collection Ritornello :hatsoff:
Sounds like you know exactly what to collect and why, a perfect formula :like:

That Grilon looks to be in excellent condition, I know how hard they are to come by, was lucky enough to get a 62, my BYSAK (and have a 1962 Mod 61 as well), but it’s not as in good shape as yours :tu:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #632 on: July 09, 2021, 04:29:38 AM »
Superb collection Ritornello :hatsoff:
Sounds like you know exactly what to collect and why, a perfect formula :like:

That Grilon looks to be in excellent condition, I know how hard they are to come by, was lucky enough to get a 62, my BYSAK (and have a 1962 Mod 61 as well), but it’s not as in good shape as yours :tu:

Thank you Echo! Collecting is tedious but that challenge is part of the fun. The Grilon scale knife is in stellar shape, even nicer than I was expecting it to be when I bought it. I do want a late date mod. 51 (overlapping with the mod. 61s) but I haven't been able to nab one just yet. Congrats on yours, and it's a BYSAK as well! Definitely one of the coolest BYSAKS I've heard of.

I've bought a wide range of knives and it's allowed me to figure out what really scratches my itch, so to speak. I've sold about as much as I've bought in the process but it's freed me up to pursue exactly those knives I really want to own and pass down. Looking forward to more entries and updating you all as my collection develops!
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #633 on: July 09, 2021, 08:33:59 AM »
Nice collection, Ritornello, and a great pic too! :like: :like: :like:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #634 on: July 09, 2021, 10:33:15 AM »
Nice collection, Ritornello, and a great pic too! :like: :like: :like:

Thanks! I just realized I went Elsener down the whole column in my rough and fast list. Most of you probably are aware of this but everything 76 and onwards is VSSR stamped, not Elsener stamped.  :facepalm:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #635 on: July 11, 2021, 05:03:17 AM »
Not SAK’s but BAK’s and AAK’s (Australian and one American)

Maintenance day. Removed any rust I could find, do this when I get them but there’s always more, particularly on the ones from the 1940’s. “Oil the joints” with Vic oil and then a thin coating of mineral oil

The springs on some of these are Herculean, my thumb nail’s a bit worse for wear after opening and closing these over and over, overall very pleased with the results

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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #636 on: July 11, 2021, 05:09:04 AM »
Not SAK’s but BAK’s and AAK’s (Australian and one American)

Maintenance day. Removed any rust I could find, do this when I get them but there’s always more, particularly on the ones from the 1940’s. “Oil the joints” with Vic oil and then a thin coating of mineral oil

The springs on some of these are Herculean, my thumb nail’s a bit worse for wear after opening and closing these over and over, overall very pleased with the results

(Image removed from quote.)

I'm given to understand that most BAKs are sheepfoot blades.  Is that so?
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #637 on: July 11, 2021, 05:16:31 AM »
I'm given to understand that most BAKs are sheepfoot blades.  Is that so?
That’s right EB :tu:

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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #638 on: July 11, 2021, 05:20:18 AM »
That’s right EB :tu:

(Image removed from quote.)

 :cheers:

Much appreciated. I do apologise for putting your thumbnail through that.
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #639 on: July 11, 2021, 05:24:33 AM »
:cheers:

Much appreciated. I do apologise for putting your thumbnail through that.
:D my pleasure :cheers:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #640 on: July 11, 2021, 05:54:37 AM »
So that prompts the question... Why? Is there a particular advantage to the blade shape, and an intended use?  Something about the use on ships or in rescue scenarios? Cutting through things without stabbing into them?
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #641 on: July 11, 2021, 06:15:19 AM »
So that prompts the question... Why? Is there a particular advantage to the blade shape, and an intended use?  Something about the use on ships or in rescue scenarios? Cutting through things without stabbing into them?
Tbh I don’t know exactly but have some idea

Riggers knives as they’re also known were for cutting rigging, (unsurprisingly :think: ) so the sheepsfoot would make sense in that scenario.

And I believe they’re sheepsfoot because of working in close proximity of each other while a ship is rocking about is to avoid accidents

Traditionally sailors in the 16-18th centuries would carry short swords/cutlasses due to working (and fighting) in tight spaces (thank you Forged in Fire :) ) too, makes sense when you think about it, so maybe some tradition in there too
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #642 on: July 27, 2021, 06:12:26 PM »
My Mod 1908’s

Wenger Delemont 32 (Variant 2)
Elsener Schwyz 41 (Variant 2)
Wenger Delemont 43 (Variant 2 with arsenal repair stamps)
Elsener Schwyz 43 (Variant 3)

And what I assume is a civilian model, Wengerinox “Wenger Delemont Swiss Made” with brass liner

Would like a Variant 1 (nickel plated liner) and a “P” model to round it out

:cheers:

Nice Soldiers.... Congrats!! :salute:

I wonder how to identify the variant 1 (nickel plated liner).

I have a 1908 (and I know it's not the variant 3). How do I know which one I have (to look for the other one)?

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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #643 on: July 31, 2021, 08:11:57 AM »
Nice Soldiers.... Congrats!! :salute:

I wonder how to identify the variant 1 (nickel plated liner).

I have a 1908 (and I know it's not the variant 3). How do I know which one I have (to look for the other one)?
Thanks vericio :tu:

Tbh I’ve had trouble trying to find a v1 and am going by the pictures at

https://www.couteaux-du-soldat-suisse.ch/J01/index.php/en/les-couteaux-du-soldat/les-modeles-1908

The best resource I’ve found for 1908’s

They show a distinct nickel layer as opposed to the normal steel. Good luck with your collection

:cheers:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #644 on: August 01, 2021, 01:55:12 AM »
Thanks vericio :tu:

Tbh I’ve had trouble trying to find a v1 and am going by the pictures at

https://www.couteaux-du-soldat-suisse.ch/J01/index.php/en/les-couteaux-du-soldat/les-modeles-1908

The best resource I’ve found for 1908’s

They show a distinct nickel layer as opposed to the normal steel. Good luck with your collection

:cheers:

Thanks!  :salute:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #647 on: August 04, 2021, 04:41:23 PM »
Thanks vericio :tu:

Tbh I’ve had trouble trying to find a v1 and am going by the pictures at

https://www.couteaux-du-soldat-suisse.ch/J01/index.php/en/les-couteaux-du-soldat/les-modeles-1908

The best resource I’ve found for 1908’s

They show a distinct nickel layer as opposed to the normal steel. Good luck with your collection

:cheers:

Sent you a PM on this. Thanks!
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #648 on: August 05, 2021, 12:51:05 AM »
Sent you a PM on this. Thanks!
Just replied mate :tu:
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #649 on: August 05, 2021, 01:47:46 AM »
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #650 on: August 07, 2021, 06:03:33 PM »
Mail call today: Wenger red Soldier, 1965…

It’s already enjoying the new companies at my Sodlier’s box…

 :climber:
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One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #651 on: August 08, 2021, 02:07:59 AM »
Great addition vericio and with bail :like:

Be good to have you join us in the challenge mate:

Delemont 30 Day Challenge - October

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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #652 on: September 01, 2021, 08:45:40 PM »
So, the Swiss Platoon has grown by one...



I also didn't think to include non-SAK 'Soldiers' in here, so the British contingent rolled out of hiding to give them some backup as well.




We have the tools, we have the talent!
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Re: One Man Army - Show your Soldiers
« Reply #653 on: September 01, 2021, 10:37:06 PM »
Good one Michael :like: :tu:

 

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