2008 Models

To date the "2008 Models" do not have any significant mechanical differences to allow a classification into different categories.

However, some differences in the inscription on the blade currently allow us to distinguish three variants.  

Since 1921 all soldiers’ knives have had a vintage marking on the main blade, the last two digits of the year (e.g. 08 for 2008).

 

Modèles 2008

 

The “2008 Models” not only contain the four main tools present since the “1961 Models” :

  • A large blade.
  • A screwdriver / bottle opener / electric cable stripper.
  • A can opener.
  • An awl / reamer.

But there are two new tools :

  • A Philips screwdriver.
  • A wood saw.

Furthermore, the shape and / or size of the old tools have changed when compared to the ultimate variant of the “1961 Models” :

  • The large blade is longer and wider, it is serrated for 60% of its length, it has a hole and is not closed by a spring to facilitate the opening with one hand and finally it can be locked in the open position.
  • The screwdriver / bottle opener / electric cable stripper retains its initial shape but it is larger and can be locked in the open position.
  • The can opener retains its initial shape but is also larger.
  • The awl / reamer, whilst retaining its initial length has changed shape.

Finally the handle is made of green-khaki and black anti-slip “bi-material”.

 

2008 Models blade markings

Manufacturer’s stamp :

Since 2008, Victorinox is the only official supplier of soldier’s knives to the Swiss Army...

At the same time a new blade stamp was created :

 

Victorinox

Victorinox Swiss Made

 

Victorinox Swiss Made

since 2008

 

Other markings on the blade :

To date there three possible inscriptions on the blade, in addition to the manufacturer’s stamp :

  • "Type A" : No inscription.
  • "Type B" : "SWISSCOY".
  • "Type C" : Laser engraving of the Swiss Coat Of Arms followed by three lines containing the words “Swiss Army” in German, French and Italian.

 

Type A

 

 

"Type A"

Since 2008

Type B

 

 

"Type B"  

2010

Type C

 

 

"Type C"

2010

 

 

Variants of the 2008 Models

Variant 1 does not have an inscription on the blade ("Type A").

 

Variant 2 has the inscription “SWISSCOY” on the blade ("Type B").

 

Variant 3 has the laser engraved inscription ("Type C") of the Swiss Coat Of Arms followed by :

- "Schweizer Armee"

- "Armée suisse"

- "Esercito svizzero"

 

2008 Models and its Variants

See the following topics :

Variant 1 Variant 2 Variant 3

Ranking of 2008 Models

See the topic "Ranking of 2008 Models

 

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