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Patrouille des Glaciers

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Patrouille des Glaciers
on: April 21, 2015, 03:51:14 AM
Nikola,

Here’s info on the Patrouille des Glaciers knives. Since most of them are Wengers they should probably be included in the wiki under Wenger Special Series.

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The Patrouille des Glaciers is a Swiss cross-country ski race. It was originally started in 1943 by the Swiss Army. It continued off-and-on until 1949, when it was stopped after three skiers were killed. The event was revived in 1984 and is held every two years, with both military and civilian teams.

Wenger became a major sponsor of the race in 1996. They provided a new knife for each biennial race. Early knives are marked with the year. Dates for later knives are of varying reliability, and should be treated with caution. Wenger also offered a watch in conjunction with the event – Commando Patrouille des Glaciers # 70892.

More recently Victorinox has followed Wenger’s lead and produced a knife for the race.

1996 – Not known if Wenger produced a knife for this year.

1998 – Commander / Classic 10; # 1.510.02.  A red-handled knife with a brass plate inserted in the front handle. The plate contains the date and a view of the Matterhorn. The main blade is marked ‘Patrouille Des Glaciers’. The rear handle is unmarked.

2000 - Commander / Classic 10; # 1.511.02.  A red-handled knife with a brass plate inserted in the front handle. The plate contains the date and a horizontal mountain scene. The main blade is marked ‘Patrouille Des Glaciers’. The rear handle has the blue-and-white PdG mountain logo.

2002 - Commander / Classic 10; # 1.512.02.  A red-handled knife with a brass plate inserted in the front handle. The plate contains the date and a vertical mountain scene. The main blade is marked ‘Patrouille Des Glaciers’. The rear handle has the blue-and-white PdG mountain logo.

2004 – No information.

2006 – Commander / Classic 10; # ?. The knife does not have the brass plate. Instead ‘Patrouille Des Glaciers’ is printed horizontally on the front handle, with the PdG mountain outline above it. (need photo & additional information)

2008 – Ranger 174; # 1.077.174.00.02. The knife was sold commercially as the Ranger 174 Touring, with the PdG mountain outline on the front handle and no other markings. It is not know if this was also the official version, or if that model had more extensive markings.

2010 – Evo 14; 1.14.09.302PDG. The knife has black Evo handles, with ‘Patrouille des Glaciers’ and the PdG logo printed on the front. No markings on the blade.

2012 – EvoGrip S17; # ?. The knive has blue EvoGrips with black neoprene inserts. ‘Patrouille Des Glaciers’ and the PdG mountain outline are imprinted in the black insert on the front grip. No markings on the blade.

2014 – Victorinox Hunter XT; # ?. The knife has orange handles with black inserts. ‘Patrouille Des Glaciers’ and the PdG logo printed on the front handle.
( need photo & additional information)
« Last Edit: April 21, 2015, 05:33:17 AM by ColoSwiss »


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #1 on: April 21, 2015, 03:53:07 AM
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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #2 on: April 21, 2015, 03:54:32 AM
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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #3 on: April 21, 2015, 03:56:00 AM
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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #4 on: April 21, 2015, 08:42:45 AM
Thank you for the photo. How many knives I still need to buy . I didn't know knife about 2002.


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #5 on: April 21, 2015, 10:16:28 AM
Nice informations Karl!
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I have two notes to add:
1) I don't think that the Ranger 174 had any connection with the competition, despite the similar logo. This is because it first appears in the 2009 catalog, and then it is still shown on later catalogs (2010). So it was for sure not a "one year" logo. My guess is that they just "borrowed" the mountain skyline logo, but I'm just speculating on this. For sure a change happened in 2012, as the knife is shown without the logo, but with a different name "Handyman", while the previous model (with the logo) was named "Touring" and the "Handyman" was the Ranger 74 (with the main blade not partially serrated);

2) the Evolution 14.PDG is shown in the european 2012 catalog, marked as a "new" model, so I think that that year is probably the correct one.
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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #6 on: April 21, 2015, 01:32:05 PM
Hi Carlo,

1. - SAKwiki says the Ranger 174 was the official PdG knife in 2008. It may have continued to be offered for some years later, possibly with simplified logo.

2. - I bought the Evo 14 some years back, but don't have an exact date. The S17 is recent, but used. If you have a catalog that says the Evo 14 is the 2012 knife then that is pretty definitive. So switch the dates for the two models.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2015, 01:33:14 PM by ColoSwiss »


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #7 on: April 21, 2015, 04:49:38 PM
Added to the to do list when I'll have a bit more spare time. :salute:

Thanks for the write up and pics. :cheers:
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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #8 on: April 22, 2015, 12:05:50 AM
Hi Nikola,

Since the Ranger 174 has the official PdG logo on it, and the wiki says its the 2008 knife, keep it in.

Reverse the dates for the other two knives. Evo 14 is 2012 ; EvoGrip S17 is 2010.

Maybe hold up a bit on posting, and see if anyone else has any more photos or data.

Karl


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #9 on: April 22, 2015, 10:58:42 AM
I will investigate further on the topic, and report here.
I agree with Karl about keeping, for the moment, the Ranger 174 information.
However, please consider that there is the very possibility that the wiki entry could be not correct.
It would also be the only knife in the series not showing the words ‘Patrouille des Glaciers’, which is a little be too strange in my opinion.
There is also the possibility that the original (and official) PdG Ranger, had a different inscription, than the one shown by Karl and in the 2009 and 2010 european catalogs
Will reserach further.
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Attached is a picture I found about the Victorinox mentioned by Karl.
The knife is available here
http://www.pdgshop.ch/shop/product_info.php?cPath=6&products_id=113&product=couteau-suisse-hunter-xt
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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #10 on: April 23, 2015, 12:24:35 AM
Was aware of the picture on the PdG website, but wasn't sure of the legality of using it on the wiki website. Was hoping a member here would have a photo.

Carlo,
If you get the chance could you contact PdG to find out about their knives? Maybe fill in some gaps and get some more photos. I would, but when I found out how much shipping was on the Vic ($58 for a $65 knife) I rather bluntly told them to delete all of my personal info.


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #11 on: April 23, 2015, 12:27:40 PM
I will try to contact them, but I don't have much hope.


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #12 on: April 23, 2015, 03:18:17 PM
I will try to contact them, but I don't have much hope.
Try both, communication in English or Italian, one of them might be more successful.
It wouldn't be the internet without people complaining.


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #13 on: April 25, 2015, 10:18:58 PM


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Re: Patrouille des Glaciers
Reply #14 on: August 15, 2022, 02:04:48 AM
Just following up on Enki's post in the Wiki thread

Looks like there is a lot of work to do on that page.

And here are two fabulous latest models (I assume, as on the website) from the PDG and Victorinox
A Huntsman and, very interestingly, a Skipper  ..... Sailing --> Skiiing  ...... hmmm ....  But it's a great toolset
Never knew these even existed   :o

https://www.pdgshop.ch/fr/61-souvenirs-

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