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KnifeKnut
09-08-2016, 02:36
Been after one of these for a while, now I have TWO!

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/Knife_Knut/military/20160808_152516696_iOS_zps87uckn4i.jpg (http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/Knife_Knut/media/military/20160808_152516696_iOS_zps87uckn4i.jpg.html)
http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/Knife_Knut/military/20160808_152455283_iOS_zpsf8e8etow.jpg (http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/Knife_Knut/media/military/20160808_152455283_iOS_zpsf8e8etow.jpg.html)

Outstanding quality! These have fantastic snap and everything feels better built than any other multi-tool I own. And that black coating looks tough as!

http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/Knife_Knut/military/20160808_152850427_iOS_zpszksddle4.jpg (http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/Knife_Knut/media/military/20160808_152850427_iOS_zpszksddle4.jpg.html)

Interesting to note, slight variation between these two examples. One has the normal side-cutters that you'd expect to see, but the other has wire strippers at the base of the pliers:


http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/Knife_Knut/military/20160808_153021086_iOS_zpsgymfqccm.jpg (http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/Knife_Knut/media/military/20160808_153021086_iOS_zpsgymfqccm.jpg.html)
http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n566/Knife_Knut/military/20160808_152956836_iOS_zpsnlpr8vit.jpg (http://s1140.photobucket.com/user/Knife_Knut/media/military/20160808_152956836_iOS_zpsnlpr8vit.jpg.html)

JimP
09-08-2016, 04:44
Good score, they really are a nice multi. You might need to try the Vic Spirit now, same quality, slightly better tools (except the scissors.....:() that are easier to access, a more comfortable handle, all in a lighter, easier to carry package :thup:.


Been after one of these for a while, now I have TWO!

Interesting to note, slight variation between these two examples. One has the normal side-cutters that you'd expect to see, but the other has wire strippers at the base of the pliers:



What might be even more interesting is they also swapped what side the pliers sat on the hinge. The thinner plier head of the two is their earlier head design, the chunkier is the current design. Swapping sides was meant to improve its performance with removing stuck bolts.

Here's a really interesting post on the evolution of the head design with comments regarding the mechanics of it from Robert Elsener- Different Swisstool plier heads , the truth - page 1 - Swiss Army Knights Forum - Multitool.org (http://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,2463.0.html)

ausimik
09-08-2016, 17:35
Those Norwegians certainly were issued quality kit.

KnifeKnut
09-08-2016, 18:12
Those Norwegians certainly were issued quality kit.

Actually issued to our defence forces from around 2000


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ausimik
09-08-2016, 18:29
Sorry my bad, not used to seeing an NCB number other than 66 on anything I was issued, however I was long gone by 2000.

Stewart Townsend
09-08-2016, 18:40
Those Norwegians certainly were issued quality kit.

They certainly were.

Mike,

NATO (NSN) Stock Numbers (http://www.military-watches.net/NATO__NSN__Stock_Numbers.html)

Doug Hurstfield
09-08-2016, 19:16
Good post KK. They have a good durable sheath/pouch also, except the little victorinox shield on the front which this one is missing.
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u457/dwhurst77/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_5357_zps6elnwkar.jpg (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/dwhurst77/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_5357_zps6elnwkar.jpg.html)
http://i1068.photobucket.com/albums/u457/dwhurst77/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_7608_zpsglgswppe.jpg (http://s1068.photobucket.com/user/dwhurst77/media/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_7608_zpsglgswppe.jpg.html)

KnifeKnut
09-08-2016, 21:25
Thanks Doug. One actually came with the pouch, but I didn't think it was original because it looks so cheap compared to the tool. But looking at yours - mine is identical. Thank you!


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Lightswitch
09-08-2016, 21:44
My pouch is also the same. No shield.

matt009au
09-08-2016, 22:28
Out of interest, what did they get before 2000? Looks like an awesome multi tool!
Actually issued to our defence forces from around 2000


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Doug Hurstfield
09-08-2016, 22:55
Out of interest, what did they get before 2000? Looks like an awesome multi tool!

It's my understanding that these multitools were issued mostly during pre-deployment training for operations in the MEAO(Middle east area operations). I don't think they were ever available for issue to Land command units other than that.
S.O command units are a different story though.
The general issue clasp knife continued to be issued to soldiers at Kapooka throughout this time and obviously before.

KnifeKnut
09-08-2016, 22:56
Not sure, but I can tell you what came after - the crappiest Chinese Schrade that you are ever likely to see! Not just ugly or made of tin foil (which it was). But actually dangerous to use - I ACTUALLY had to find the Chingrish manual in order to work out how to close the damned blade!!!


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matt009au
09-08-2016, 23:05
Sigh, every time I hear the words Taylor Schrade or China Schrade I die a bit more inside. My favourite knife company, I kind of wish they just died instead of being butchered like they are
Not sure, but I can tell you what came after - the crappiest Chinese Schrade that you are ever likely to see! Not just ugly or made of tin foil (which it was). But actually dangerous to use - I ACTUALLY had to find the Chingrish manual in order to work out how to close the damned blade!!!


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julius
12-08-2016, 17:00
ive see some schrades before 2000 issued to troopssaw the wearing them in the northern territory. generally these multitools were supplied during deployment and then taken back :P

Chris in Melbourne
12-08-2016, 19:31
ive see some schrades before 2000 issued to troopssaw the wearing them in the northern territory. generally these multitools were supplied during deployment and then taken back :P

Location Musoria? Are you ex Aust Int Corps Julius?

Regards

Chris

Dutchy357
05-09-2016, 22:44
Thanks @JimP

Its nice to learn something new.

Although I have had several of these Multitoolds I was unaware if the differences.

This caused me to fossick mine out and have a look. I have an early one from 1998 and two are the model from 2005.

The sheath on the issue Multitools does not have the Victorinox Shield. As you can see in the pic none of them have the shield. One of them is MIB so there can be no doubt.

These are indeed a quality item. I understand they were issued pre deployment as a rule.

The early one of mine has seen service in East Timor.

31046

Thanks for the Heads Up!

Dutchy