Who Wants 12 Pounds Of Wenger Swiss Army Knives?

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.


  1. Bob says:

    I love reading that site just for the “package deals” they come up with.

  2. JAS says:

    2-ounces per knife (that’s probably light), 8-knives to a pound, approximately 100 knives in the auction. It is up to $420 as I write this so right now it stands at $4.20 per knife. Not a bad deal unless they are all junk. Say 50% are junk, then the price jumps to $8.40 a knife. That’s an iffy price. I will not play.

    I want to see the Spyderco auction!

    1. JAS says:

      Found the Spyderco auction. Right now its a deal:


      But it has 3-days to go….

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