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Hello, my name is Grant, and I EDC a Wenger. In fact, I have several Wenger models in my EDC rotation, as you well know if you check out the day's SAKtivities. While I tend to gravitate towards newer Wenger models like the S557 or New Ranger models, there was another model that started it all- the Wenger Adventurer.
Members of the Official Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Collector's Society will spot a familiar name in the latest newsletter- VSAKCS president Dan Jacquart has published a quick review of the 2010 SHOT Show that I submitted to him recently.
It's hard to believe that it's been five whole years since I started this website. In those days I had no idea what I was doing, and even less idea of what I wanted to accomplish. To be honest, these days I still have no idea where the idea is going to end up, but at least I have a direction now, and I'm enjoying the ride!
This knife is the Soldatenmesser Model 51 with red Grilon scales (Grilonschalen). According to records, Wenger started making knives with Grilon scales in about 1951. These red scaled knives were made from 1951 to 1972 or later. These knives are not manufactured by Elsener. In 1961, Wenger also brought in the new red-anodized aluminum scaled knives, but as with most model changes, there was a transitional period. In this transition period, the remaining model 51’s were dismantled, but you can still find brown fiber grips made until 1964 or later.