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Status of the 74mm line outside the US? 961

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Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« on: October 11, 2021, 06:47:21 PM »
Can anyone confirm the worldwide status of the 74mm knives? I've seen several posts saying they're discontinued, but not an actual press release from Vic. They've disappeared from the US site (minus the Money Clip, which I assume is just clearing old inventory) but the full line appears to be available in Europe. Is this just a case of there being more inventory of them sitting around across the pond, or are they still in limited production for some markets?
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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2021, 07:31:30 PM »
A good question. I picked up a Black Executive on the off chance (I'm in the UK) but I hope others known more. The rumour of discontinuance is certainly there and a great shame if true.

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2021, 10:59:09 PM »
I was reliably told some time ago that production had ended, so what you see is remaining inventory.

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2021, 11:59:41 PM »
Thanks Max  :salute:

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2021, 12:46:18 AM »
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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2021, 01:08:57 AM »
The Victorinox US site doesn't even list any of the 74mm knives. 

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2021, 05:32:23 PM »
The 74mm line is an answer to a question no one asked.

You can go a little smaller (58mm) and get the same tools for half the weight, or you can go bigger (84-91mm) and have more options.   

I'm fine with seeing them go.

 
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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2021, 08:46:41 PM »
The 74mm line is an answer to a question no one asked.

You can go a little smaller (58mm) and get the same tools for half the weight, or you can go bigger (84-91mm) and have more options.   

I'm fine with seeing them go.

 
Indeed. I didn't eve know they existed until I joined BladeForums.

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Current Leatherman tools: PST, Original Wave, Wave, Wave+, Blast, Bond, Curl
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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2021, 09:20:19 PM »
The 74mm line is an answer to a question no one asked.

You can go a little smaller (58mm) and get the same tools for half the weight, or you can go bigger (84-91mm) and have more options.   

I'm fine with seeing them go.


I'd never had a 74mm until I signed up for the December Chuck Yeager challenge.
I kinda like the 74mm size and would have loved to see a midi-champ.  I'd love to see a proper combo tool on the Executive.

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2021, 01:27:34 AM »
The 74mm line is an answer to a question no one asked.

You can go a little smaller (58mm) and get the same tools for half the weight, or you can go bigger (84-91mm) and have more options.   

I'm fine with seeing them go.

Gotta disagree, I didn't know they existed until I joined MTO, I didn't even get one until preparation for the challenge this year, but having had 58mms since I was a kid it really is a difference. The size and weight makes them a more competent cutting tool for some tasks (longer blade makes some things easier, but that's not what I mean), I used the Executive to cut the plug off of an old tumble dryer, I'd never have used a 58mm for that and would have expected a decent chance of frame damage from doing such a thing. The Executive was unharmed and made it through all but the last bit of insulation in the first cut.

The tools are also not the same, the file on both the Executive and Ambassador are better than the one on the Classic for actually using on your nails, whilst the Executive is still better than the Minichamp's.

And then there's the mighty orange peeler!

But I do think they serve a niche as a more serviceable tool, without having to go all the way up to an 84 or larger.

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2021, 01:23:23 PM »
 :iagree:

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2021, 10:34:41 PM »
Personally, I like the 74mm size, but the tool selection is a weak spot. 90% of the line (even when there were more than 3 of them) were basically bigger/shinier Classics. The main exception is the Executive, which ups the ante with the orange peeler. It's not a bad tool, but given the choice between it and the 58mm combo tool, it feels lacking. That mini-Phillips is just the right side for battery doors, and I get a fair amount of use out of the bottle opener.

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2021, 06:55:24 AM »
I agree, the small number of 74mm tools that are availabe is a problem. I really like the 74mm models though and I am not the only one: https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,40930.0.html

You should seriously visit vicfan.com. All the hoopy froods are doing it.
No Life Club Posts: 1,415
Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2021, 05:29:06 PM »
I always thought it odd that they were the only size SAK without the option of a bottle opener (cap lifter).

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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2021, 05:33:45 PM »
Personally, I like the 74mm size, but the tool selection is a weak spot. 90% of the line (even when there were more than 3 of them) were basically bigger/shinier Classics. The main exception is the Executive, which ups the ante with the orange peeler. It's not a bad tool, but given the choice between it and the 58mm combo tool, it feels lacking. That mini-Phillips is just the right side for battery doors, and I get a fair amount of use out of the bottle opener.



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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2021, 10:59:20 PM »
 :iagree:

That's why the rambler is in my pocket more often than the executive. :dunno:
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Re: Status of the 74mm line outside the US?
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2021, 11:20:52 PM »
The 74mm line is an answer to a question no one asked.

You can go a little smaller (58mm) and get the same tools for half the weight, or you can go bigger (84-91mm) and have more options.

The next size up with scissors is the 91mm Compact, which is bigger, heavier, and twice the price. Otherwise you're into 3 layers, and no scissors on any current 84mm.

The 58mm is handy but 74mm improves all the tools considerably, which feels nicer in hand and to use, can do a bit more, and IMO looks better. It's a great alternative to the cellidor Classic SD, especially if you intend to use it rather than have it just-in-case... Always nice to have options.  :D

I was late to discover the Executive and am glad I got one while they were available. But then I'm also a SAK addict  :whistle:

 

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