When I was a Boy Scout, we were never allowed to carry an actual Swiss Army Knife for “safety” reasons. I ended up with this cheap, dual blade Trails’ End knife that I won from selling popcorn. Man oh man, do I wish that Wenger had been offering this Scout’s knife back then.
Wenger, one of the two companies long known for manufacturing some of the best knives in the world under the Swiss Army Knife brand, has manufactured three knives to the exact specifications of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts are to use the knives both as a practical tool and as a way to learn knife safety and operation.
The Scout Junior S10 is designed with the younger Cub Scouts in mind. This knife is smaller than the other two and sports a basic array of features including a can opener, flat and Phillips screwdrivers, junior blade with round tip for safety, reamer, toothpick, and tweezers. Wenger specifically puts a good quality rounded blade on this knife so that it is effective for cutting or slicing, but not for poking when in the hands of a junior knife user.
The Scout S18 includes all the features of the junior model but replaces the rounded blade for a flat pointed one and adds on a nail file, serrated-edge scissors, and wood saw for a little more versatility. The Scout NewRanger 55 cuts down on the functions but includes a couple of heavier-duty tools like a corkscrew and larger blade.
All in all, Wenger is able to put a quality knife into the hands of our Boy Scouts while still keeping an eye on saftey and the ability to teach the proper use and respect of these amazing tools. Man, I really wish I had one of these 15 years ago.
Scout Knives [Wenger]