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In 1951 The Swiss Army knife was seven millimeters shorter and was made a little slimmer. The weight fell from 125g to 90g. That was a 35 g loss. The knife blade material was rust resistant and the blade was again arched. This blade design was very similar to original Model 1890. The screwdriver blade now had a notch cut into it and could be used to strip electrical cables. The rivets holding the can opener and awl are now the hollow rivet style. The diameter of the hole is about two millimeters. This hole in the knife allowed a cord to be attached. This cord on the knife became a plumb line when you needed to estimated distance for the assault Rifle Mod 57. This greatly aided in the accuracy at longer distances for the Mod 58 rifle grenades.
See my April 2010 article.
I first saw this a while back, done by Neil Bee, aka NKB, and I finally got around to trying it myself. The recent scale swap video gave me the extra scales I needed to experiment on, so I decided to give it a shot myself and see what happens! I’m not certain if I’m doing it the way Neil did, but I do like the results!
One question I get asked an awful lot is what to do with a broken blade- send it in for warranty work, ask Victorinox to repair it, find a modder to do it or try to do it yourself. Well, here's one member's answer- Ptisuisse has put together a step by step guide to replacing a single tool, and he makes it look easy! I'm not saying it is easy, but he sure makes it look that way!
A couple of months ago I did a video on swapping scales, which according to our in-house parts dealer Rotokid was a major success. I’m glad to hear that many of you liked it, and found it helpful. Since so many people watched it, I’m going to assume you all remember the results of one of the swaps- the yellow scaled Compact, a knife that has found its way to the very top of my Every Day Carry list.