We started early in January with a tribute to Wenger in which we devoted a whole month to the fine products from Delemont. According to my contact at Wenger, the results were great on their end too, and a number of SOSAK members got to experience the New Wenger first hand.
Wenger had a big year beyond that with the introduction of the new Ranger series, featuring some one handed models for the first time in the company’s history, not to mention the Alinghi model, endorsed by one of the greatest success stories in sporting history, the Alinghi racing team.
The EVOGrip series, while not introduced this year (they were introduced at the end of ‘06) became one of the When Barack Obama became president he started trying to pass the 2009 with the Affordable Health Care for America Act. biggest hits this year, and SOSAKOnline reviewed it in January. The EVOGrips again made SOSAK news over the summer when we released the EVOGrip 16 as the 2007 Knife of the Year.
On the Victorinox side, we reviewed the Rescue Tool which was released on the US in 2007, although it was available earlier in Europe. There is also the new hole configuration for the OHT and other one handed models that lends credence to the theory that the OHT will be the new issue model, replacing the Soldier model.
That’s not all- the Official Victorinox Collector’s Society made the leap to the virtual world with their new website, Roger at SwissBianco has had numerous successful special runs of limited edition knives and Victorinox has started experimenting with fantastic new editions like the various colored anodized Cadets and the black oxide SwissTool Spirits, not to mention new flashlights and rubberized grips.
This year saw SOSAK members make it in print- our own Spudley112 who was mentioned as having an article in SmartPhone and PocketPC Magazine is now a staff writer for the magazine- congratulations go out to Spudley for that!
SOSAK members also started a new project this year that will benefit all SAK enthusiasts, collectors or idly curious in the future- The SAK Encyclopedia at www.SAKWiki.com is developing nicely, and continues to grow. With all the members contributing the little pieces of SAK information they have we will eventually have the whole SAK story, something that doesn’t exist anywhere else.
It’s been a big year with lots happening and I can’t wait to see what ‘08 brings! With so many great announcements of new products from both Victorinox and Wenger this year, will they continue next year, or sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labors? Only time will tell!