Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Victorinox Grand Prix

Don't you love the Victorinox knives with metal inlayed-scales? This gives the knife a certain value that painted scales just don't have. About a week ago I noticed this rather unusual knife with a strange tool combination and beautiful Ford T-model in metal on the front scale.  It was in near mint condition and I was able to buy it for a very good price. The Grand Prix consists of 4 layers filled with the usual (main Spartan tools) ,metal file, scissors,  small flathead screwdriver and the very nice looking phillips head screwdriver with can opener shaft. One more thing I noticed was that it doesn't have the usual key chain ring. My first taught was that this knife must've been made around the early 70's but after some closer inspection I noticed that some tools weren't made before 1975 and after 1980. This is one lovely knife and after a good polishing it looked like new! The Grand Prix was made till 1995, but this specific one with small flathead screwdriver instead of the parcel hook till1980. 

Age - marks :

* Cellidor scales : These scales were introduced in 1937. Before 1937 the scales were made from fibre, and had no mirror polish. This knife has cellidor scales!
* Can opener : This type can opener is the more recent one. This one was produced from 1972 on till today...
* REAMER : This older type reamer without the sewing eye was used from 1961 to 1985.
* Small blade : The small blade has a spear point. These blades are still used from 1973 on.
* Cap lifter : The cap lifter, here used, without the sharpened curve, without the 90 degree lock, was manufactured from 1970 till 1985.
* Philips head screwdriver : The square back-layer screwdriver was used from 1952 till 1980.
* Scissors : The scissors with screw joint were used between 1975 and 1992.

Conclusion :

This knife was made between 1975 and 1980.


  1. I carried one of these thru much of the 80s, until I tragically lost it. I was shattered, and have been looking for another one ever since. I was an avid motorcyclist back then, and thought this knife had the best selection of tools.

  2. I had one that I lost as well. Received it as a gift from a girlfriend of mine back in '87-88.