Victorinox manufactured the model 08 soldier's knife from 1908 to 1950. At the beginning there were other co-manufacturers, from 1921 at the latest it was limited to the 2 manufacturers Victorinox and Wenger. This soldier's knife remained unchanged for more than 40 years. Compared to the previous 1890 model, many processes have been automated and simplified in the 08 model. Accableingly, there were hardly any deviations in production. The soldier's knife was always a mass product. The aim was to produce these soldiers' knives as chealayer and simlayer as possible in the required quality. The Swiss Army found it difficult to change anything about this model, for example to switch to tools made of stainless steel.
Since the soldier's knife was also popular with the civilian population, Victorinox also manufactured soldiers' knives for the retail trade, complete with the federal control stamp.
Pocket knife no. 200 model 08 had a large cutting blade, an awl, a screwdriver and a can opener. There was the retail model with the bail/key ring option. For the soldiers' knives ordered by the Swiss Army, all tools were made of carbon steel. Victorinox also made soldier's knives from rust-resistant steel for the retail trade.
Big cutting blade: 3.7 mm; Screwdriver: 3.0mm; Can opener: 3.0 mm; Awl: 2.0 mm. There was a tolerance, which was accepted by the war material administration.
The soldier's knife weighed about 125 grams.
The Soldier's Knife No. 200 Model 08 was a 2-layer pocket knife. Large cutting blades and screwdrivers revolved around the head rivet, and the awl and can opener around the foot rivet. A center rivet fixed the back springs.
Victorinox used red vulcanized fiber as the scale material for this soldier's knife.
For the soldier's knife ordered by the Swiss Army, the center plate and the rivets were made of steel, and the intermediate layer was made of brass. Brass rivets were also used for soldier's knives made of stainless steel for the retail trade.
Trade names: Soldier, soldier knife 08