Victorinox Surprises with a Mid-Summer Fixed Blade Knife Release
The multi-tool giant is adding to their fixed-blade line up of knives with a new series called Venture. And while it looks simple at first, the details show that they have approached this new knife with something of a mult-tool mentality:
It’s a full tang bushcraft design with Sandvik 14C28N steel, a full flat grind, a 90 degree spine for striking fire steel, thermoplastic handles, and an exposed tang at the pommel with a hex-shaped hole. That hole comes in handy for fitting with other hex tools that can come with the knife, but we’ll explain that in a moment.
There are two versions of the Venture design in three different handle colors (black, green, and red), and with three different carry options.
The intro-stage Venture knife comes with a simple plastic sheath on a removable nylon strap.
The sheath features a drain hole at the bottom, which also makes it double as a bellows for feeding oxygen to a fire. It carries on a nylon strap which has a sleeve for the sheath to seat into on one end and a metal ring that can either loop onto the bottom of the sheath for a loose belt carry, or be worked into various other carry systems.
The Venture Pro
The Venture Pro has the same plastic sheath/bellows, but it comes with a couple extra features.
The handle has a bow drill divot and the sheath comes with a modular plastic back that can carry on a belt in a more traditional way, and houses some extra tools:
- a ferro rod
- a ball point pen
- and tweezers (of course. This is Victorinox, after all)
The Venture Pro Kit
You can also add the Venture Pro Kit. It’s a polyester pouch that holds the Venture knife and opens up into a whole new set of tools:
- a 2 cm flat drill which fits into the hex hole of the exposed tang, giving you a complete, manual drill set up;
- and two sharpening stones which seat into the plastic black of the Venture Pro so they’ll stand up at preset angles for the blade’s edge.
A New Design, but Not a New Genre for Them
This is far from Victorinox’s first foray into the wilds. Among other outdoor-centric fixed blades are the Outdoor Master series (which is still available in various sizes), and the back lock folder design called the Hunter (not to be confused with the Swiss Army Knife Hunter), so they’re is still in familiar territory. This is, however, one of the few (if not the only) knives now available from them with Sandvik steel, and it definitely offers the biggest loadout in a fixed blade that we’ve seen from them so far.
The Victorinox Venture, Venture Pro, and Venture Pro Kit are all available now from the Victorinox website. They are also available at Blade HQ. We haven’t seen them hit the typical knife vendors yet, though, so keep an eye out in those places if you have a preference.
We bought this knife as soon as it was available, and we liked it enough to add it tour Best Bushcraft Knives article.