THE CLASSY CLAS­SIC

THE VICTORINOX LIMITED EDI­TION DA­MAST SWISS ARMY KNIFE IS A HEAD TURNER

Knives Illustrated - - News - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY JOSHUA SWANAGON

The Victorinox Limited Edi­tion Da­mast Swiss Army Knife re­de­fines what it means to be pre­pared and look good do­ing it. BY JOSHUA SWANAGON

Although the de­tails may be a lit­tle fuzzy from the years that sep­a­rate then and now, I re­mem­ber my first Swiss Army Knife. I was young and it was the thing that told me that I had ar­rived. I was now re­spon­si­ble enough to be trusted with my own knife. I re­mem­ber be­ing in­trigued by all the dif­fer­ent tools and feel­ing like I could now fix the world.

Hav­ing grown up a lit­tle, I now see the Swiss Army Knife for what it re­ally is, one of the most use­ful tools in my pocket for ur­ban or wilder­ness use, and I never leave home with­out mine any­more. My late friend, Ron Hood of Hoods Woods and Sur­vival.com, used to swear by the Swiss Army Knife and even in­cluded a dis­cus­sion on them in his video “Woods­mas­ter 4 Mak­ing and Us­ing your Out­door Sur­vival Kit,” be­cause it is one of “the most use­ful tools you can have on you.” It’s hard to ar­gue with one of the world’s fore­most lead­ers in wilder­ness sur­vival.

Due to my per­sonal love for and his­tory with Swiss Army Knives it should come as no sur­prise that I was

quite thrilled to be able to be one of the first peo­ple in the United States to see, hold, pho­to­graph and write-up the 2017 Limited Edi­tion Da­mast Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox.

Limited Edi­tion

Limited Edi­tion runs are noth­ing new to Victorinox, and if you have the op­por­tu­nity to be the proud owner of one, it may be the cen­ter­piece of your col­lec­tion. With such a rich his­tory and rec­og­niz­able style, Victorinox holds a place in the hearts of most knife users to­day.

The 2017 Victorinox Limited Edi­tion Da­mast Swiss Army Knife is limited to 5,000 pieces, with only 360 to be avail­able in North Amer­ica, and the rest be­ing spread out amongst the rest of the world, hav­ing been re­leased April 10th. Each knife is num­bered on the han­dle and comes in its own gor­geous dis­play box, ready to be placed with promi­nence within your col­lec­tion or any­place in your house that needs a dé­cor up­grade.

“LIMITED EDI­TION RUNS ARE NOTH­ING NEW TO VICTORINOX, AND IF YOU HAVE THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO BE THE PROUD OWNER OF ONE, IT MAY BE THE CEN­TER­PIECE OF YOUR COL­LEC­TION.”

De­tails

As you would ex­pect, the Victorinox Limited Edi­tion Da­mast Swiss Army Knife is a fully func­tional knife with some of the tools you would come to ex­pect from any Swiss Army Knife. As I’m sure you can un­der­stand, with the model that was sent to me be­ing num­ber 0000/5,000 I was not able to put it through the se­ries of tests that you have come to ex­pect from me. How­ever, it is easy to tell just from the feel of it alone, this is as stout and trust­wor­thy as any knife you put your faith in from the Victorinox line.

COVER PHOTO: EMERSON FREE­DOM DE­FENDER FLIP­PER CQC-7 PHOTO BY: JOSHUA SWANAGON COVER DE­SIGN: ERIC KNAGG

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01: Both the blade and the screw­driver/bot­tle opener/wire strip­per uti­lize a liner style lock.

02: Each knife is num­bered, up to 5,000.

03: The Victorinox Limited Edi­tion Da­mast Swiss Army Knife has a full com­ple­ment of tools. 01

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04: The blade is stamped with “Victorinox Swiss Made Stain­less”

05: It in­cludes a stan­dard screw­driver/bot­tle opener/wire strip­per.

06: The “Odin’s Eye” Da­m­as­cus blade is truly cap­ti­vat­ing. 06

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