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Back in the “good old days,” in the early 1970’s, I purchased a Victorinox Fisherman (SABI, 53541, Vic, 1.4733.72) at a Hoffritz store in Grand Central Station in Mid-Town Manhattan at 42nd Street. In those days, Hoffritz sold knives, scissors, various cutlery utensils, shaving accoutrements, and the like in various shops around the city, especially at train depots and airports for travelers, tourists, and road warriors. I recently returned to the location of the shop on the ground level of the Station near the Lexington Avenue exit, but it was no longer there. I guess the changed economy and security concerns put a serious crimp in their business. The Hoffritz’s Victorinox knives were especially made for sale by Hoffritz and do not carry the Victorinox name anywhere on the tool.
Welcome to the Red Shield years for the model 1961. This is my third article in a series of three on the issued Swiss Army knives. The first two were about the red years and the non red shield years. This article will take us from 1977 until the end of the “marked” soldier knives in 1988 and beyond.
At this year’s SHOT Show I was once again able to build another SAK. It seems that I am developing quite a collection of factory authorized SAKs, made by me- with a little help from this SAK building machine from Victorinox!