Model No. 236 was created around or shortly after 1897. At the beginning there were variants No. 236 BA (a saddle awl instead of the small cutting blade; a drill instead of the awl) and variant No. 236 T (instead of the small cutting blade a buttonhole crochet ). The last two variants were only produced in very small numbers and for a short period of time.
Very early on, model no. 236 was available in very different versions, with the option of tools made of stainless steel, with scale material made of horn, mother-of-pearl, tortoise scale or staghorn, with or without bows or toothpicks/tweezers. As a result, the range was very large, which speaks for the enormous popularity of this model, which is still available.
Compared to other army knives, the design and structure have changed significantly over the course of hihistory. It was originally a 3-layer pocket knife, with the large cutting blade/saw and scissors/small cutting blade each forming a layer, later scissors/saw forming a layer, until around 1940 the 4-layer pocket knife came about, which is still the case today consists.
The Model No.236 had the 6 basic tools of the Model No.234 (small and large cutting blade, can opener, screwdriver, awl and corkscrew) with the addition of a pair of scissors and a saw. The pocket knife was available either with a bracket/ring or with a toothpick/tweezers.
Big cutting blade: 3.0 mm (later 2.5 – 2.7 mm); small cutting blade: 2.0 mm (later 1.7 mm); Screwdriver: 2.8 mm (later 2.2 mm; even later: 2.0 mm); Can opener: 2.5 mm (later 2.2 mm; even later: 2.0 mm); Awl: 3.0 mm (later 2.3 mm; even later: 2.0 mm); Corkscrew: 3.2 mm (later 2.8 mm; even later: 2.5 mm); saw: 2.0 mm; Scissors: 2.5mm - 3.0mm
The structure of model no. 236 differs somewhat from other models. At the beginning of production, the classic division of layers was not carried out here (small and large cutting blade = 1 layer; scissors = 1 layer; saw = 1 layer; screwdriver and can opener = 1 layer). See the next page for more information on the structure.
Victorinox produced model no. 236 with scales made of fiber, celluloid/ cellidor, horn, staghorn, tortoisescale, mother-of-pearl and aluminum.
Victorinox used aluminium, nickel silver and brass as the liner material for model no. 237, nickel silver, brass or steel for the rivets and brass, nickel silver or aluminum for the intermediate layers.
Trade names: Woodsman, Huntsman