The 58mm Collector’s Guide was released a couple of years ago, and I was lucky enough to receive an evaluation copy from Dan himself. From the moment you see it, you know this is no fancy, frilly smoke and mirrors cash grab- this is a serious reference tome for the serious collector. The first thing you notice is that rather than a pretty bound volume, this is a three ring binder affair, meant to be added to as more information becomes available. Anyone who specialized in 58mm models will appreciate this as it means you won’t have to buy a new one every year to get the updates- you can just add new pages as you need them.
Dan has spent a lot of time gathering all the info on as many different 58mm knives as possible, and as the head of the Official Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Collector’s Society for almost a decade, it’s not hard to imagine that the man has some amazing resources to draw on!
Each knife is described in detail, with a photo and listing of the first year it was issued, when it was discontinued (where applicable), what tools it features, what colors it was available in, the original Victorinox Model Number, as well as the Swiss Army Brands number… in short, everything you could ever want to know about each model.
As an added bonus, Dan has included a bonus page for each knife for the reader to include notes and listings for the knives they have in their collections. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also an index and master listing for everything that’s included in the book.
All in all, the Collector’s Guide to 58mm knives is a handy resource for anyone, particularly those interested in 58mm Victorinox models. For those who aren’t specifically interested in 58mm models it’s an interesting resource as well, as the variety of knives in this range is quite impressive- and it’s hard to picture how impressive it is until you see how thick this book is!
Just like any book of this nature, it’s a work in progress as new information is unearthed, so if you should have any information to add, please contact Dan to make sure that everyone benefits. All of this information is given freely to benefit all SAK collectors, and it’s only fair to give something back.