Wengers weren’t my favorite Swiss Army Knife; I was always a Victorinox guy, mostly because a Victorinox Tinker was my first knife ever. For the next few days, www.govdeals.com is auctioning off a 12-pound lot of TSA-seized Wenger Swiss Army Knives.
And that’s a hell of a lot of Wengers. Wenger made Swiss Army Knives since 1893, but they started losing money after 9/11 when air travelers could no longer carry even the tiniest models in their carry-on bags. Wenger was eventually bought out by Victorinox in 2005, but they continued making SAKs under both brand names for several years.
That all ended earlier this year, when the Wenger knife brand was retired. There may be millions and millions of them out there, but they’re only bound to increase in price now that the brand is dead. If you’re a die-hard collector (or a flea-market vendor) the auction ends May 6th, and the minimum bid is currently $341.
Wengers aren’t the only knives the TSA confiscates: the auction site is also hawking boxes of Kershaws, Gerbers (ho-hum…) and Spyderco’s as well.