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Some time ago I looked at all the new products that Wenger has produced in the last couple of years, and how I really couldn’t see what was coming next. Well, I was right about one thing- they aren’t riding on their past accomplishments one bit. They are continuing to move forward, and in a very impressive fashion.
Wenger NA Marketing Manager Dennis Piretra and Wenger SA CEO Peter Hug flanking Yours Truly!
January 19th, 2008 was a red letter day for SOSAK as the first West Coast SOSAK Member meeting was held in Sacramento! As you can see from these pictures, supplied by Tim Meeker and Tim Colling, it looks like it was a great time, and I am sorry I missed it!
L-R: Tim Colling (TColling), Mike Granborg (Mike22766), Bill Evans (Scibeer), Tom Meeker (Rotokid)
For sometime now I've thought about having a modder build me a custom SAK. It's not that I'm unhappy with the stock SAKs, but part of me always thought it would be nice to have a knife built just how I wanted it: the exact tools that I would use regularly, and none of the tools that I didn't want. So always in the back of my head I carried the idea of some day getting a customized Swiss Army Knife.
Last year some time I announced that there was a possibility we may have a group buy on Wenger SwissGrips, but little came from it after the initial announcement. SOSAK members were interested, and rightly so, but for one reason or another, we kept hitting dead ends with it. It was worth the wait though as the SwissGrip is now finally available to SOSAK members!
Continuing the look at the Creative Factory’s Urban Chameleon line, this months Collection Highlights model is the Liz Taylor model, named in honour of diamond aficionado and actress Elizabeth Taylor. The Liz Taylor model is, as are all Urban Chameleon knives, a scale mod done on a standard Victorinox Waiter model.
Last month I said I would do an article on the PocketGrip from Wenger soon enough, but since then I’ve found a better story . Just after I wrote that article, I managed to get another variant with some help from Tim at Felinevet- the Wenger IronGrip. As you can see from the pictures, I went one step farther to make this a real collectible to be proud of!
The 1893 Reissue knife wasn’t the only interesting new product that Wenger unveiled at this year’s SHOT Show. While it may have been the biggest and most exciting product for the collector, Wenger wouldn’t dare forget the larger and very important user demographic! To that end they’ve released a few new ideas to appeal to the average user, and they’ve done it in typical Wenger fashion- first class and well thought out!
As any SOSAK member can imagine, visiting the Victorinox booth was like going to Graceland for me! It was an impressive booth, with numerous displays all presented tastefully and professionally, as befitting a company of Victorinox’ reputation and standing. One could not help but admire the cleanliness and attention to detail that we all have come to expect from the knives they manufacture.