In 1961...

On "1961 Model" there are many changes :

The knife’s body is made of anodized aluminium and the tools in stainless steel (in the “Swiss Army Knife world” these models are nicknamed “Alox” which is a contraction of “aluminium and inox” or also “aluminium éloxé”), the knife’s length remains 93mm and the number of tools does not change.

1961 ModelThe notable evolutions are the tin opener and screwdriver that become those already used, since 1951, on the “officiers suisses” knives. The awl has a sharp, reamer edge and towards the end of the 80s all the tools are polished.

Note that the positions of the screwdriver and tin opener have been reversed from previous models. This was done to reduce injury by making it impossible to use the awl and the screwdriver simultaneously.

During its years of service there were many variants of the "1961 Model" the most important are :

  • From 1961 to 1964 red anodized sides then from 1965 they were silver.
  • In 1972 the “WK” stamp is rotated through 90°.
  • In 1977 the Swiss coat of arms appears on the knife the “WK” stamp changes shape.
  • In 1988 the “WK” stamp disappears at the same time the acceptance test.
  • In 1993 the drilled rivet is replaced by a solid one, the screwdriver is thinner and receives a notch for stripping electric cables.

Victorinox and Wenger become the official suppliers for the Swiss army. The "1961 Model" will remain the Swiss soldier’s knife for 49 years until 2008, the last year of manufacture stamped on the blade is "08". 

 

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