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Grandpa's old knife... 963

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Grandpa's old knife...
« on: February 06, 2022, 08:48:12 PM »
Howdy, all!

I was cleaning some stuff out today and found an old Swiss Army Knife that belonged to my grandpa. It's missing the tweezers and the toothpick is in sorry shape. While I was Googling replacements I ran across this site and now I've fallen down that rabbit hole of trying to find more info on his old knife.

From what I can tell it appears from the stamp that it's a VOC1 made before 1974, but that's about all I've figured out so far. Anything more I could learn would be interesting!

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Hero Member Posts: 873
Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2022, 10:05:47 PM »
Really nice knife! It's from 1952-1953 imho. It's mentioned in early 1950s catalog as Craftsman mod.136ka .
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2022, 10:13:53 PM »
Really nice knife! It's from 1952-1953 imho.

Cool! I remember him giving it to me sometime in the early to mid 80s. I was always sure to have it on me when I went to my Cub Scout meetings even though there was no need for it lol.

The last time I ran across it a few years ago I thought about trying to replace the scales but now I think it's best to just leave it as is. (It has a couple melted spots on one side from a dumb kid with a magnifying glass in the sunlight one summer. Ahem...) I might still pick up a new toothpick and  tweezers but that's all I think I'll do with it.
Full Member Posts: 212
Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2022, 10:31:25 PM »
Interesting saw blade on the old knife.

Victornox must have changed how they made the blades since then.

tools is what defines us as humans
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2022, 10:33:17 PM »
Really nice knife! It's from 1952-1953 imho. It's mentioned in early 1950s catalog as Craftsman mod.136ka .
(Image removed from quote.)

That looks like it but this one doesn't have the cork screw, instead it's got the phillips screwdriver with a (very fine) filing surface on the side.
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2022, 10:45:25 PM »
That looks like it but this one doesn't have the cork screw, instead it's got the phillips screwdriver with a (very fine) filing surface on the side.
Yes, knife on the picture is Woodsman with corkscrew, your knife is just mentioned as Craftsman.
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2022, 11:43:40 PM »
Lovely old knife! :like:

If you care about period authenticity someone here might be able to help you out with aluminium tipped tweezers & a new scissor spring.

Rambler
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2022, 11:56:20 PM »
Lovely old knife! :like:

If you care about period authenticity someone here might be able to help you out with aluminium tipped tweezers & a new scissor spring.

Ooh that would be neat. Grandpa would be proud.
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2022, 12:21:07 AM »
Welcome to the forum Greg! :cheers:

Your Grandpa's knife must bring back some great memories! :D

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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2022, 12:34:31 AM »
Very, very cool!  Congratulations on digging it out and I'm glad it holds so many memories for you.  Take good care of it and hand it down to the next generation.

Myron
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2022, 12:35:22 AM »
There's nothing better than a knife with personal family history!! Thanks for sharing!!

Jason - N4RBZ- A Harley can get you through times of no money better than money can get you through times of no Harley____O~`o__
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2022, 12:35:51 AM »
Welcome to the forum Greg! :cheers:

Your Grandpa's knife must bring back some great memories! :D

Oh it does for sure. That was my first knife. When he let me have it I was sure I'd be carving sticks from the back yard into beautiful pieces of art, filleting fish, and doing god knows what else! The good old days!
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2022, 01:26:35 AM »
Welcome and a beautiful knife with a great history!

Barry
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2022, 01:27:16 AM »
Thanks everyone!
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2022, 02:18:31 AM »
Interesting saw blade on the old knife.

Victornox must have changed how they made the blades since then.
Right, I think the older style saws were designed to really cut on the pull stroke only, whereas the current design cuts on both pull and push strokes.
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2022, 03:00:35 AM »
Right, I think the older style saws were designed to really cut on the pull stroke only, whereas the current design cuts on both pull and push strokes.

It's a nasty saw blade. I remember closing it on my young fingers a few times  :o
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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2022, 02:32:15 PM »
 :tu: Lovely old knife.  I'm sure grandpa is proud you still have it.  Give it a good clean and call it good, thats what I'd do ( not that you asked ).

Esse Quam Videri
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2022, 03:43:00 PM »
:tu: Lovely old knife.  I'm sure grandpa is proud you still have it.  Give it a good clean and call it good, thats what I'd do ( not that you asked ).

 :iagree: and welcome to best place - with the best people  :tu:

They don't like it up 'em!
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2022, 03:55:12 PM »
:iagree: and welcome to best place - with the best people  :tu:

Thanks for making me feel so welcome!
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2022, 03:58:57 PM »
I've actually got another one also.

I worked at a Radio Shack store when I was in college around 1992 or 1993 and they were selling these there. I was going to say it's not as old as the one my grandpa had but sheesh this one's about 30 years old. I guess that's not so new either. Time flies.

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Global Moderator Absolute Zombie Club Posts: 27,421
Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2022, 04:58:05 PM »
I've learned that with little care these knives will last a lifetime. 

Esse Quam Videri
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2022, 05:48:40 PM »
Quite a cool old knife.
I love the look of a well used knife.

Addicted to sharp pointy things.
Hero Member Posts: 847
Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #22 on: February 08, 2022, 01:02:01 AM »
The second knife looks like a recruit to me , as it has no backside tools

Also , welcome aboard chap and thanks for sharing cool knife stories with us   :cheers:

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are "
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2022, 02:05:03 AM »
I worked at a Radio Shack store when I was in college around 1992 or 1993 and they were selling these there.
Looks to be 1986-2005, based on the tang stamp. I'm in agreement with Storm that it looks like a Recruit, which is a model I intend to get hold of sometime. However, there were at least a couple-few models that were sold primarily, if not exclusively, at RadioShack.

Enough multi-tools? Ain't no such thing as enough multi-tools!
Hero Member Posts: 856
Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2022, 07:29:02 AM »
Excellent knife, the Recruit. Its toolset makes it very nearly a mini Pioneer. More comfortable to use than a Cadet and a small, light carry.  :tu:

Rambler
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2022, 06:25:58 PM »
Lovely old knife and it was my grandad who got me into carrying these too. I’m single but my 11 year old nephew saw me carrying one every day and wanted one too so he finds a SAK essential to have around too now. Well he kind of rummaged though my desk and begged one of the several i keep in there lol.
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #26 on: February 12, 2022, 12:53:50 PM »
Oh it does for sure. That was my first knife. When he let me have it I was sure I'd be carving sticks from the back yard into beautiful pieces of art, filleting fish, and doing god knows what else! The good old days!

What a great gift he gave you.  A knife that could unlock all the potential in life.   :tu:  Welcome to the forum!

The best men carry pocket knives, and then he gave me one.
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #27 on: February 12, 2022, 04:02:25 PM »
That's  great old Vic to own Greg, congrats.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  **Edmund Burke**

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."    **Benjamin Franklin**
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Re: Grandpa's old knife...
« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2022, 01:13:56 AM »
Great knife, great thread.  :tu:

The 136ka Craftsman is one of my favorites.

These are 3 from before yours was born, c. 1953
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