Victorinox developed model no. 8 at the beginning of the 20th century. It was one of the first peasant knives ever. With the large cutting blade, the saw and the pocket awl, it combined 3 essential and defining tools of a farmer's knife.
Model No. 8 was always produced in all possible sizes and in all variants. At the beginning of production, the saw and awl were attached to the base rivet, later the saw was attached to the head rivet together with the large cutting blade.
Pocket knife No. 8 had a large cutting blade, a saw and a pocket awl. There was an optional hanger for this model. Model No. 8 was a 2-layer pocket knife.
Big cutting blade: 2.5 mm – 2.8 mm; Awl: 2.0 mm; Saw: 2.0mm
On model No.8, the head rivet held the large cutting blade and saw in place, and the foot rivet held the pocket awl. On early No. 8 models, both the pocket awl and the saw are attached to the foot rivet. A center rivet attached the back spring. The top layer was that of the large cutting blade and blind awl, the bottom layer for the saw.
Victorinox originally used black fiber scales as the material for this pocket knife, later also class I and II horn and red fiber instead of black fiber.
The rivets and liners were made of steel or brass, the jaws of steel or nickel silver, depending on the version. In the case of the high-quality, so-called "fine version", rivets and liners made of brass and jaws made of nickel silver were used, and rust-resistant steel was used for the tools, if this was already available. Model No.8 had a steel or brass liner.