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Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine 751

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Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« on: November 22, 2021, 11:19:19 PM »
Found this ad in the SoF magazine 2/1981.
Look at the price!
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2021, 12:02:21 AM »
Wow, $8.95 was a steal! Today, I'm lucky if I can find a surplus dealer who wants less than $20, and it's not guaranteed that it will be in halfway decent condition; and it's highly unlikely you'll have the saw cover. I recall many finding them for $5 or so in the early 2000s.

However, wouldn't these technically be a Pathfinder? And, I'm wondering about the scale color. These don't appear to have the cross like the Pathfinder, and they appear to possibly be black or OD green.

https://www.sakwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Pathfinder

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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2021, 12:26:00 AM »
Cool
I used to get SoF quite a lot back in those days too, dunno why as not like I was a SoF or even close but always fascinated me
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2021, 04:30:43 AM »
Three for $24? I'd be on that in a heartbeat!

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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2021, 08:45:09 AM »
Nice find EMZ  :tu:

I'm pretty sure the Wehrmacht used something else though. :facepalm:

The Bundeswehr had this issued !


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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2021, 06:45:57 PM »
I love stuff like this.  The price of fine mechanical watches from this era is also breathtaking.

However, i did look up the value of a 1981 dollar (USD) and it's worth $3.02 today.  So, I guess this would be sort of like finding a brand new surplus 108 mm GAK for $27 today.  If I did, I'd buy a couple!
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2021, 10:13:11 PM »
 :iagree: on both counts! I loved the magazine.  It's still available in digital format only.  I was just thinking about putting my 108 GAK to work.
Cool
I used to get SoF quite a lot back in those days too, dunno why as not like I was a SoF or even close but always fascinated me
Thinking of using a GAK in the 90 day soldier challenge

Barry
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2021, 05:40:56 AM »
:like: :tu:
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2021, 05:23:13 PM »
What do they mean by a "failsafe" folding mechanism?  :think:

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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2021, 05:35:13 PM »
Since it doesn´t have a lock, it cannot fail  :D
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2021, 05:44:18 PM »
And what is double-strength stainless steel?
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2021, 02:47:23 PM »
And surely you would use the blade to cut rope not the saw!  :think:
Still would have been all over this though. I just shoehorned a mil-etc GAK combo tool into a pioneer and it’s a great thing but my victorinox one is staying in one piece even though it’s clearly seen quite a lot of action!
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2021, 06:47:43 PM »
And surely you would use the blade to cut rope not the saw!  :think:
Still would have been all over this though. I just shoehorned a mil-etc GAK combo tool into a pioneer and it’s a great thing but my victorinox one is staying in one piece even though it’s clearly seen quite a lot of action!

For many years, SAK saws were, in fact, marketed as a type of serrated blade  capable of cutting rope from what I've seen in catalogs. They may work pretty well on thick, old-fashioned rope made from stiffer (and especially natural) braided materials, but on most modern cordage that has an outer sheath with many internal strands, it sucks.
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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2021, 11:55:22 AM »

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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2021, 01:43:43 PM »
Myron did on the 23rd already (see above)  :salute:

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Re: Victorinox GAK advertisement in 1981 Soldier of Fortune magazine
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2021, 11:39:44 PM »
$28 for a brand new GAK would be well worth it. I still find that the 108mm SAK’s are the most underrated models. Love them “Safari’s”.

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