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Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword... 11792

Jr. Member Posts: 93
Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« on: October 20, 2014, 09:39:40 PM »

Its been a little while, since I did the last review.
For good reasons :-)

Today I have the honor to present to you the RangerWood55, and what a excellent SAK it is...


SAK means „Swiss Army Knife“, if you didnt knew that allready...

One of the youngest offsprings of the newly announced „Delémont Collection“ the RW55 is basically a 130mm Forrester, with a button-activated linerlock, nice walnut-scales and a whole lot of charme. And a big 9.3mm blade, hence the „sword“ in the title.

A little comparison-shot with the wellknown Spyderco Military and a Bastinelli R.E.D., just to give you a little perspective...


The MiniChamp looks really tiny in comparison:



There has been some controversy about the wooden scales, but theese are expertly done.
But see for yourselves:



The blade has a linerlock, with a twist.
Where the onehanded Victorinox-models have basically a reversed linerlock, meaning you have to press to the right side to unlock the blade, the RW55 has a pushbutton on the right side, which disengages the liner:
 
Man, I just love those .gifs... :-)

Just press the shield, and presto, the Blade unlocks and you can fold it into the handle.
The action is really smooth. Silkysmooth, if you ask me. The shield is evenly inserted into the handle, no misalignments that I can spot:


The bladestamping, crisp and clear:



The old „Wenger“ and new „Delémont“stamping and shield-design:


And the spings allaround seem to be a little stronger, than the older Wenger-made ones. I have no way of meassuring that, but its an impression I got. Call it a hunch...

So, your name is Forrester?
How abaout a saw then?
Ask and ya shall receive...

This is clearly the mother of all swiss-mades pocketable saws...
Look at this:


111mm, close, but...


91mm, nice try...


Even the SwissTool has to fold its cards:


Ok, its big, but can it cut?
You bet it can!
The saw is bi-directional, and makes quick word of any chores ahead:





Theres no longer saw anywhere in the whole lineup, so if you´re going to cut some wood, bring a RangerWood55...
...or a much bigger Sawvivor....
Not to open that can of worms...

Speaking of opening, of course there is a canopener on board ;-)
With the Delémont Collection you get the Victorinox-design in the canopener:



Tried and tru, and as I mentioned in previous reviews, one ingenious little tool, with a myriad of unintended uses...Scraper, impromptu hook, emergency-philips-screwdriver...you name it.

With the large screwdriver you still get some Old School-Wenger design, clever and unobtrusive in its own right.

The Screwdriver automatically locks in place, if downward pressure is applied.

I marked the nose and notch facitilating the lock:


If I´d build a locking screwdriver into a pocketknife, I would advertise the hell out of it...
Call it swiss understatement. They don´t :-)

The awl is an real awl now and no blunt instrument anymore:


Poking, scraping, drilling, just to name a few intended uses. Go creative!


Last but not least, the allmighty corkscrew:


Besides opening the occasional bottle of nice Merlot, you can use it to untie knots, hold the mini-screwdriver, pull some rope, you get the picture.

With the RangerWood Victorinox introduces a classy tool, with enough real estate to fill even larger hands, but comfortable enough to be used by us smaller guys as well.
A real large blade, grat for food-prep, woodswork, bushcraft and as a usefull EDC.

Do I really have to mention that it came wickedly sharp out of box?
Its a Victorinox, what else do you expect?

So, if you get the chance, add it to your short list!



And for the fun of it, some more pics:









Thanks for your time, I hope you liked the review!
Any feedback is highly appreciatetd!









« Last Edit: October 20, 2014, 09:52:49 PM by Thehunt »

M
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,673
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2014, 09:53:09 PM »
Nice review! :tu:
That knife is a real looker! :drool:


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-Knívleysur maður er lívleysur maður.
 "A Knifeless man is a lifeless man" old Faroese proverb.
OCD Squad Leader Admin Team Zombie Apprentice Posts: 11,711
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2014, 09:54:22 PM »
Thanks for those beautiful shots and nice review.

I recently fondled one, they are nicely done. Anything you dislike or would like to change?

Emergency Kit: Ovo Sport, chocolate, cheese, crispbread and a coin
Chief of the Absolutely No Life Club! Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here... Posts: 42,959 Why haven't you got a Farmer yet!
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 10:10:11 PM »
Fantastic review and pictures mate :)

Sent from the astropathic choir.


Give in, buy several Farmer's!!!!!!
Global Moderator Point Of No Return Posts: 36,553
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 10:17:48 PM »
Most excellent pics!  :tu:
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 5,626 Τετραφάρμακος
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 11:27:52 PM »
Awful! Now you made me wanting one.
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 8,550
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2014, 01:42:45 AM »
Has the wood been treated for water resistance in anyway or natural? If latter I wonder if there might be issues like warping down the road.
Global Moderator Zombie Apprentice Posts: 10,459 Join us! Embrace the Flicky Faith!
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2014, 01:45:37 AM »
Very nice review!  :tu:  I just got one of these as a surprise last week, and I think it's a thing of beauty.

There's no such thing as "Too pretty to carry".  There's only "Too pretty NOT to carry"...... >:D
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 22,769
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2014, 02:35:48 AM »
How is this wood affixed to the knife? Glued?  :think:

Terrific review and lovely pictures. 

Esse Quam Videri
Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 20,319 I may get older but I refuse to grow up.
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2014, 08:15:42 PM »
Excellent write up. :hatsoff:

And I'm glad the awesomeness that is the Ranger 55 transferred so well to the new Vic line. :tu:
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 16,637 Little to the right...
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2014, 03:10:07 AM »
Great write up and pics!!!!!!!

No Life Club Posts: 4,463 Don't judge a tool by it's brand
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2014, 05:03:29 PM »
Good review!


And I'm not the only one that thinks that, Victorinox themselves just shared it on Facebook ;)


https://www.facebook.com/VictorinoxAG/posts/10152731929287510

A knife-carrying guide for the international traveller. : http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,47532.0.html

I feel more awesome than an awesome possum 8)
Sr. Member Posts: 387 Follow your dreams they would lead you to happines
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2014, 06:19:10 PM »
Really good review and pics.

Usually I'm not into wooden scales, but you just made me desire one of this rangerwoods :drool:

Jr. Member Posts: 93
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2014, 06:46:49 PM »
Thanks guys,
you make me blush  :climber:

So the old saying "Everthing worth doing is worth overdoing" is true after all...

Somehow a few pics didnt make it, so here they are:





And something sharp and shiny:


By the way, the scales are glued on the liners and the wood is sealed with wood-oil, so water shouldn´t be an imminent problem. Just a wipe with some wood-balm once in a while and you should be good to go...

And Thanks Victorinox for posting on FB!
No pressure, just a few thousand people reading it :-)

M
Absolutely No Life Club Posts: 7,673
Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2014, 07:10:45 PM »
I just had to get one. It looks so :drool:

Our own Felinevet still has one left for sale on EDC source if you want to get one at a decent price:
http://www.edcsource.com/auction_details.php?auction_search=1&auction_id=118207&option=basic_search&src_auction_id=&keywords_search=&buyout_price=&reserve_price=&quantity=&enable_swap=&list_in=&results_view=&country=&zip_code=&username=&basic_search=Victorinox%20rangerwood%2055


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« Last Edit: October 22, 2014, 07:12:39 PM by Grathr »

-Knívleysur maður er lívleysur maður.
 "A Knifeless man is a lifeless man" old Faroese proverb.
No Life Club Posts: 4,463 Don't judge a tool by it's brand
Re: Ranger Wood 55, the Gentleman sword...
« Reply #15 on: October 22, 2014, 08:58:09 PM »



This picture shows quite well what I dislike about the Rangers, though, and actually pretty much all Wenger's bottle openers. The ones on Vics don't taper down as much as the Wengers, which makes them look a lot stronger, don't know if they actually are, of course. That's also why I love the liner-locking Vic 111mm knives, the huge fat bottleopener  :drool:

A knife-carrying guide for the international traveller. : http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,47532.0.html

I feel more awesome than an awesome possum 8)

 

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