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First Look: Victorinox Huntsman Navy Camouflage

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Thehunt, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. Thehunt

    Thehunt Loaded Pockets

    Dec 16, 2007
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    I have to confess, in some cases, I have more than one specimen of a given model. The way I see it, they are pre-needed replacements, more or less.
    Four to five Spartans, some Climbers, you know the drill.

    If you hit two digits… thats another story. So, as my newest addition from Ibach was inspected, I counted its cousins and it turned out it was the eleventh of its kind. Bummer.
    So, what´s so special about this model? And which is it?

    In my case, it´s the Huntsman.

    Yeah, well, wait a minute!
    First, that´s just ten pieces in the picture and second, one of those is an old Wenger, does that even count?

    Exactly, there are ten. Bear with me, a little suspense has never hurt anybody.
    The Wenger has been with me for more than 25 years, hell yes, that count´s! :)
    By the way, that model is still in production today, it´s called Evolution S17.

    Righty, what about number 11?
    This one completes the soccer team:

    As you can see, as with the Skipper Navy Camouflage, the Huntsman hat a maritime ring to it. Navy Camouflage, me likey!

    Very nice, don´t you think?

    Depending on lighting, the camouflage does work like a charme:

    Wether camouflaging a knife is a good thing or not, that´s up to you, I really dig it.
    Just like the Skipper, the model itself isn´t new per se, the scale pattern is. Navy Camouflage, as its called. Based on, you guessed it, the current Navy patterns. As far as I know, its a regular from now on. Iwouldn´t mind a Climber or a Handyman in this colour pattern...

    Fitting for a formal dinner as well:

    Let´s cut to the chase, the tools, what do we get with a Huntsman?
    Main blade, that´s a nobrainer. Pen knife, that´s easy as well, what else? Can opener, bottle opener, each with its own included driver. Woodsaw and scissors! With those you´re set for day´s most common tasks. At the same time you´re equipped with the most widely used and best known tools Victorinox has ever fielded. All that in a more than handy little package. Fit for any pants pocket. Maybe a little on the heavy side for suit pants, but any other than that, you´re good to go, like jeans or our beloved tactical pants. Add the awl, corkscrew and the multipurpose hook to the mix and you got yourself a Huntsman.

    The Huntsman is in production for a long time now, easily 30 years plus. Being a mainstay in Victorinox´s lineup for so long, there have been some upgrades over the years. Take a look at the backtools, in prior years there was no multi purpose hook. And the corkscrew was fluted. The bottleopener aka large flathead driver got a 90 degree stop, the awl got a facelift as well. Even the scales got modernized:

    The shield, it can be printed, inlayed, lasered, faded, hardly readable, you name it. The scales, made from celidor, wood, nylon… Each charming in it´s own right.

    Here we have an early version, without the „Mehrzweckhaken“, or multi purpose hook and the old school corkscrew:




    Without any doubt, the Huntsman is one of the most iconic classics Victorinox has ever build. Even if, regrettably, most things today aren´t build to be repaired, scissors will always be needed. Same thing with a saw or a knife. In a world where tools aren´t needed anymore, I´m redundant as well. Anybody feeling the same?
    So, the circle closes, a new Huntsman for Thehunt. That´s the way it is, that´s the way I´m used to it. And I like it that way.

    Cut a tree, cut some gift wrapping, cut some gingerbread.
    Merry christmas to each and everyone of you!
    God bless you!
  2. Safety1st

    Safety1st Loaded Pockets

    Oct 24, 2006
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    Fantastic review and some great photos.

    Your reviews are always my favourite.

    Keep them coming.

    You’ve inspired me to buy some more knives ...!
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  3. LivingUpNorth

    LivingUpNorth Loaded Pockets

    Sep 8, 2009
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    The Huntsman is darn near the perfect SAK, and was my favorite for a long time... until I forgot to check it in luggage and donated it to the TSA :oops:. When I went to replace it, I discovered the Fieldmaster, which is basically a Huntsman where the corkscrew is replaced with a Philips driver. Can't go wrong with either. Cool camo choice, too!
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  4. SOS24
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    SOS24 Loaded Pockets

    Feb 12, 2016
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    I prefer the fieldmaster over the huntsman, but very cool knife. In the Navy, most call it aqua-flage.
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  5. flux

    flux Loaded Pockets

    May 26, 2014
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    While I feel no need to have more than one huntsman and rather have a few different SAKs to choose from (but still cannot really justify a fieldmaster), I understand everyone who loves it. For me it is the absolute best red cellidor SAK. My other favourite is its cousin, the Alox Farmer.

    That being said, nowadays I just carry a Cadet day to day in my pocket. But Farmer and Huntsman always take its place when I go outdoors or on vacation.

    For me there's no need to have backups of these because you can buy them just anywhere. And I am not a collector that needs all possible scale colors. But still, if you want to buy only one SAK and be done, buy the huntsman. If I would lose it, I'd immediately get another one.

    Nice review and cool photos!
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