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Picked up this Victorinox Alox executive knife off of the eBay.
If only knives could talk. I have no idea of what happened to the scales, which look like they had been in some sort of rock crusher or something. The blades and tools are all good and have good snap. I took a nail file and smoothed out the damaged areas. I had thought about doing a restore on it but I think I'll just let it show it's battle scars.

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Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 29, 2024 at 12:08

DL, that oddity of a tool is an orange peeler (with a small screwdriver).  I've never trusted the screwdriver tip but the orange peeler does a good job.


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Comment by dead_left_knife_guy on June 28, 2024 at 23:36

Wow that little sucker's got a lot going on! 

What's that tool by the big blade?  I'm pretty sure I've seen that item before, just can't quite place it...  

I love the scissors on these, but I would buy this Executive SOLELY for the fact that it's got an even smaller blade than the main blade!  What is it, 3/4" long or so?  I love it!  

Good score, JJ!  Thanks for posting this cool little SAK!

Comment by J.J. Smith III on June 27, 2024 at 12:38

Thanks Kevin.

The scissors on this one indicate that the knife was made sometimes between 1975 and 1991.  You can still find them online but at high prices.

If you start looking into Victorinox knives, do so at your own risk.  You can easily fall down the rabbit hole like I did.

Like you said, though,  "If only they could talk".

Comment by Kevin D on June 26, 2024 at 20:19

Yep Yep!

A lot of these older knives need to let their 'story' be hinted at.  (If only they could talk!)

It is obvious to anyone that sees the knife, that a knife (bayonet, or sword) that was made 40+ years ago is most likely not going to be in a pristine, 'from the factory' condition.  Knives are designed to be USED.  You can find a knife in good condition, but it will very likely still have battle scars of some sort.

I am not very familiar with the Swiss Army Knives (love the Swiss bayonets and rifles, but completely ignorant of these multi-bladed pieces), but I do not believe I have seen a black one before.  Nice pick up!

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