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Bantam

White Bantam with toothpick, tweezers and keyring. The Bantam and Bantam Alox are slim 84mm Swiss Army Knives with just a single tool layer and no backside tools.


The Bantam has Cellidor scales and the Bantam Alox has Alox scales. They are available with or without the keyring. The Alox model is extremely slim at just 6mm.


Name Disambiguation:  An older Alox model featuring a regular cap-lifter tool rather than a combo-tool was known at the time as the 'Waiter ', however the name was later reused for the current Waiter - This older knife more closely resembling the current Alox Bantam.
Logo on Danish Bantam
Logo on Danish Bantam

Layer Tools

Economy/Ecoline Bantam with no Toothpick or Tweezers
Economy/Ecoline Bantam with no Toothpick or Tweezers

Scale Tools

Scales

Red Cellidor, or silver textured Alox - No toothpick or tweezers)
Black or other Cellidor colors are uncommon but available, or have been previously available, at different times.

Variations

  1. The Bantam is available in both Cellidor and Alox scaled versions, the early Alox versions had horizontally ribbed scales.
  2. Cellidor versions of knife with the regular cap-lifter instead of modern combo-tool are also known.
  3. As part of the Victorinox Ecoline, Cellidor versions were produced with a hot-stamped shield logo, as well as without toothpick, tweezers, or keyring. Current Ecoline models have Nylon scales.
  4. The Zebra is an Ecoline variation of 2.2303.07[.R??] that has white nylon scales with a zebra print on the top scale, and a red shield printed on the bottom. This model was available in the South African market.
  5. The South Africa Tribe Series are Ecoline models with white nylon scales with a colorful print on the top scale of a member of the tribe or racial group, and a red Victorinox shield printed on the bottom. This model was available in the South African market. Note: The use of the term tribe for the groups of people in South Africa is considered by some to be very incorrect, because ithe groups don't fit the standard definition of tribe.
  6. in 2013 Victorinox Denmark made a special order of colored Alox models in black and green, both featuring a red background shield. These are the first known colored checker-textured Alox Bantams. The inclusion of the red-background shield with colored Alox handles is also special, since this had only previously been done in 2012 for small special collector runs of other models. These versions do not include a keyring.
    From Hanne of Victorinox Denmark....
    The story behind this range of coloured alox models is one of frustration.
    In Denmark we have a very strict weapon laws. The maximum size of knife that one is allowed to carry is a 91mm SAK without a locking blade. Many of the Victorinox new or special knives have one-hand opening knives and/or locking blades, both of which are forbidden in Denmark. So they are directed towards the big countries/markets.
    We got fed up watching products that could never reach the Danish users, so we decided to have Victorinox produce a small range for us in Denmark. Being just around 5,5 mill people here, we are painfully aware that Victorinox themselves are never going to develop anything especially for Denmark. These models will stay in our Denmark range, but the packaging will change to that of the 'normal' silver boxing. ...

History

An early Alox scaled knife (2230r+ red Alox; 2230s+ silver Alox) featured a regular cap-lifter'rather than the combo-tool opener, this version was known as the Waiter at the time, but more closely resembles the current Alox Bantam.
Early Cellidor Bantams were also equipped with the cap-lifter instead of the combo-tool.
The original Bantams were constructed with only three rivets, two containing scale attachment 'bushings'. This characteristic is due to the fact that there are no backside tools, making the extra rivet superfluous. The fourth rivet, when present, gives the knife more stability and provides a third attachment point for the scales. However recent Bantams are now made with four rivets, with three scale attachment bushings - in line with most other Swiss Army Knives.
Based on availability it appears that the Alox Bantam was discontinued on 2009 or 2010, with inventory levels being extremely low and availability sparse in the first quarter of 2011.

This model is also currently known as the Beer Waiter!!

Physical Specifications

Early Ribbed Alox Bantam
Original Ribbed Alox Bantam
  • Length: 84mm

Cellidor Model:

  • Width: 11.3mm
  • Weight: 32.7g

Alox Model:

  • Width: 6mm
  • Weight: 29g

Identifiers

  • 53941 US Model: Red Cellidor includes keyring
  • 53949 US Model: Silver Alox no keyring
  • 2230r+ Victorinox AN: early identifier, red Alox Waiter w/cap-lifter
  • 2230s+ Victorinox AN: early identifier, silver Alox Waiter w/cap-lifter
  • 0.2303 Victorinox AN: Standard Red Cellidor version includes keyring
  • 0.2300.26 Victorinox AN: Silver Alox, no toothpick, tweezers or keyring
  • 0.2301.26 Victorinox AN: Silver Alox, includes keyring
  • 2.0500 Victorinox AN: Early Economy version, Silvered hot-stamped Elinox style shield, no toothpick, tweezers or keyring
  • 2.2300 Victorinox AN: Red Cellidor, Vintage, Ecoline no toothpick, tweezers or keyring
  • 2.2300.23G Victorinox AN: Back Alox with Red Shield, Denmark special run - no keyring
  • 2.2300.24G Victorinox AN: Green Alox with Red Shield, Denmark special run - no keyring
  • 2.2302 Victorinox AN: Red Nylon, Ecoline no-keyring
  • 2.2303 Victorinox AN: Red Nylon, Ecoline
  • 2.2303.07 Victorinox AN: White Nylon, Ecoline, red screen print shield
  • 2.2303.103 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Xhosa
  • 2.2303.104 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Swazi
  • 2.2303.105 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Bushmen/KhoiSan
  • 2.2303.106 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Venda
  • 2.2303.108 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Basotho
  • 2.2303.109 South African Tribe Series - White Nylon with colorful print on top scale - Ndebele

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  • Premier - A unique Wenger branded model, but manufactured by Victorinox, with the equivalent (Victorinox) toolset to the Bantam

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