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Well, it's been about a year since Def asked me to write up an article about my trip to the Bowron Lakes. Since then I've actually done another trip there, so instead of being redundant, I guess I'll talk about my new trip.

With all the attention placed firmly on the new Issue knife from Victorinox, there has been some wonder as to what will happen to Wenger's Standard Issue knife, aka the Soldat. Well, the simple answer is that nothing is happening- or rather, it will continue, at least for the time being, with only one minor change.

The old adage of “better late than never” has been proven by Victorinx on many occasions- the SwissTool was introduced about fifteen years after the original Leatherman PST, and yet is regarded by many as the only real contender to Leatherman's success in that market. One handed opening blades were also something that Victorinox eventually created, years after almost every other knife maker was doing, and the few models it is available on tend to be very popular- look at the number of One Handed Trekker variants in a recent article to see what I mean!

As most of you know by now, I also run another organization like SOSAK, but for multitools rather than SAKs, called While it's not necessarily of direct interest to many SAK collectors, there are many crossovers, like the respectable SwissTool and Spirit lines from Victorinox and the Ranger series from Wenger.

Now that I have had the time to put the new Spirit X to work, I felt it was a good time to offer some insights on it to SOSAK members. The results I have may seem unimpressive, but bear in mind that I do think very highly of the Spirit series in general, and the X in particular.

Some time ago large online retailer, Smokey Mountain Knifeworks commissioned a couple of different models, exclusive to them. Since then our own Felinevet managed to pick up a limited number of these models to supply SOSAK members. Due to circumstances in my personal life I didn't manage to jump on these as quickly as I'd have liked and only managed to get one of the two models.

With Victorinox plans to re-release a version of the original Soldier's Knife, I decided to take a closer look at Wenger's release of a similar knife last year- the 1893 Heritage ReIssue knife.

For those of you in Canada (like me!) you are probably already familiar with Swiss Peak.  For the rest of you, Swiss Peak is the Canadian Distributor for Wenger products, and I have been proud to work with them on and off for the past few years.  When some of my contacts there heard of our Anniversary Celebration, they refused to let it sneak by without doing something, and here it is!

    Since the SOSAKOnline Anniversary Celebration comes around only once a year I contacted just about everyone I know in the various knife and related industry and many wished us well, many (as you've seen!) offered items to give away, some provided some graphics and banners for us and others are making offers to allow members to choose what they want themselves!

    For perhaps the first time in SOSAK history I am writing an article discussing knives made by all companies, not specifically SAKs or related knives.  Lately there has been a huge upheaval in the knife industry as US Congress and Customs tries to ban all assisted opening knives by re-classifying them as "switchblades."  Of course, under the new definition, the law could also be expanded to include one handed openers in the future, and that would affect SAK collectors directly since both Victorinox and Wenger produce one handed opening knives.  Of course most SAK collectors are also collectors of other types of knives, so this proposed ban is certainly worth paying attention to.  Blade Magazine has it right: