Friday, November 29, 2013

Victorinox 1940's Secretary / Nr.70

Another find on Ebay, both quite unique as beautiful... This 84mm "frame" with two blades is fairly common and is called the Secretary these days. These knives come in cellidor and smooth Alox (Secretary), but mine has carbon steel scales and that's just incredible! This was used to darken or paint, since they otherwise use stainless steel (see Guilloche design). When I bought it, it showed some use on the handles and the blueing was gone on some spots. Blueing is a method of chemical darkening carbon steel. It's mainly used on guns and rifles, since it protects from rust. I had a small tube of Birchwood casey gun blueing paste lying around and after sanding the scales I applied a few layers on the knife. It still has the scratches, but the scales are evenly darkened and I love it! The blade stamping shows INOXYD which makes it from around 1943. If I'm not mistaking it even pops up in the 1943 catalog as the nr.70...

Above : You can clearly see the small spots and even some rust...

Above : After the blueing you get an even surface and a beautiful deep finish...

1 comment:

  1. I have a Victorinox 84mm Secretary style knife that has Stainless Steel handles, but it's not nearly as old as this knife.
    The Rivet heads are Flatened down perfectly flush with the Steel Handles, and the handles have a "Fish Scale" pattern pressed in the metal (including the Rivet Heads). The Steel scales aren't as thick as the Aluminium scales, because obviously steel is stronger than aluminium.

    Any Idea What Model Knife I have?