The model no. 287 was produced by Victorinox from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. With these structurally similar models no. 285, no. 286 and no. 287, the difference between them is very small. In addition to the bark remover and the same 1st cutting blade on the upper layer, these 3 pocket knife models each have a slightly different 2nd cutting blade. Compared to model no. 286, the second cutting blade on model no. 287 is slightly more rounded and less pointed on the back of the blade. These pocket knives were designed for everyday professional use. Accordingly, a small difference made a big difference.
All of these pocket knives of the series numbers 284 - 295 were used in particular for the grafting of trees and plants and were used for the so-called budding and copulation, 2 grafting techniques in which plants are propagated or cloned in order to preserve the positive properties. Both of these methods are still in use. The bark remover is used for budding. With this very blunt tool, the bark can be loosened and pushed apart without damaging the underlying plant structure, which is important for successful budding.
Model No. 287 had two cutting blades and a debarker.
cutting blades: 2.5 mm; Bark remover: 1.6 – 1.8 mm
Model no. 287 is a 2-layer pocket knife. The upper layer consists of a cutting blade and the bark remover, the lower layer consists of the second cutting blade. The head rivet fixed the cutting blades, the foot rivet the bark remover and the intermediate layers.
Only horn and fiber are used as scale material.
The liners were either made of brass or steel, the intermediate layers and the rivets were always made of brass.
Trade names: grafting knife, garden knife