The first model we’ll look at is the new Wenger EVOGrip 18, which may not seem all that new, but is quite interesting as it has a new face- yellow EVOGrip scales! Given the popularity of yellow scales on Victorinox models Wenger may have a runaway success on their hands! Adding in the contour of the Evolution style scales and the textured rubber grip panels makes this perhaps the most interesting new woods oriented SAKs in some time!
Speaking of grips, the other new and exciting Wenger is known as the Soft Touch series. So far there are four models in the series, the ST10, ST14, ST17 and ST58. There’s a good variety of options here, and the models are as follows:
Bottle Opener (w/integrated screwdriver and wire stripper)
Adds scissors to the above configuration
Adds wood saw to the ST14
Same as SwissClipper
All of the Soft Touch models are available in black only at this time. The Soft Touch models are called that because of the rubberized coating covering the entire scale, and are a joy to use and hold. The durable coating seems impervious to scratches or other usual wear and provide a very comfortable grip. One other thing that differentiates the Soft Touch models from more standard models is the main blade, which is clip pointed like the old SwissBuck models.
I’ll have more in depth reviews of each of these in the coming months, but for now it was important to get an introduction of them to SOSAK members as fast as possible!