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New to me Explorer

us Offline Jeffjeeptj

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New to me Explorer
on: Today at 12:25:21 AM
Bought a used Explorer from the Bay toplay in the Explorer challenge.  I’m trying to figure out the year/ either pre or post 1986.  I’m still a rookie in dating.  I’ve used the dating chart and Wiki.  This SAK has the following features:
Grey magnifier: less than 2004
Scissors with screw but no groove` on moveable handle, with V spring/no cup: 1975 to 1990
No pin hole in scales: Greater than 1985?
Has Groove in corkscrew; less than 1991
No hook: less than 1991
Awl has sewing eye: greater then 1985
Tang stamp Large V and the Swiss Cross touches the cross-bow:1986 to 1992

Looks like 1985 to 1990  based on scissors and awl.
Is there a way to further refine the date?
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us Offline powernoodle

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Re: New to me Explorer
Reply #1 on: Today at 12:42:06 AM
Whenever it was made, my view is that you have the "best" SAK model that Victorinox makes.   :cheers:


us Offline Jeffjeeptj

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Re: New to me Explorer
Reply #2 on: Today at 01:20:21 AM
Thanks, PN
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00 Offline Grand_Banana

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Re: New to me Explorer
Reply #3 on: Today at 03:07:25 AM
Very nice.  :iagree: gee I may end up getting an older Explorer model during this challenge. That style mag lens is better, the Philips is longer, and I like the screw scissors better for maintenance.


us Offline marlowe221

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Re: New to me Explorer
Reply #4 on: Today at 04:48:42 AM
I have both the old style mag glass on my late 90s Explorer, as well as the latest version on the new Explorer I bought last year.

Personally, I like the newer version better! Sure, the magnifying power is lower but the larger lens makes it easier to actually bring things into focus versus the older model.


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Re: New to me Explorer
Reply #5 on: Today at 05:01:46 AM
I can’t help with dating but congrats. 

I know the SAK magnifying glass seems to be a tool that many find useless but I love.


us Offline AzteCypher

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Re: New to me Explorer
Reply #6 on: Today at 05:56:36 AM
I can't tell too well but it looks like you might have the latest awl so that would put it at 1987 and older.  If it is indeed the newest awl, you can narrow down your SAK to between 1987 and 1990.

This is where you can read about that info - https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,51872.msg1632543.html#msg1632543

Also, did you post a pic of the tang stamp and I missed it?
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