Alinghi

alinghi.jpg The Alinghi is the flagship of the Wenger NewRanger series. This knife is named after the Swiss America's Cup winner, and is made for boating. The main blade on the Alinghi 176 features one-hand-opening — particularly useful on pitching deck where you need your other hand to hold on to the rail! The Alinghi was the first knife from to appear with Wenger's new full-size folding pliers, which put this knife into the multitool category. There is a marlinspike/shackle-opener/ruler, as befits a nautical knife. There also is Wenger's auto-locking screwdriver/bottle-opener, along with a long, 3.5mm screwdriver, an awl, and either a Phillips (Alinghi 176) or a corkscrew (Alinghi 177).



Handles/Frame

The Alinghis are equipped with nylon scales, contoured in the Evo style to fit the hand. Deep checkering is molded into the thumb area on both sides. It is only available in black. One side carries the Wenger cross logo, along with "alinghi" and the Wenger name molded in. The cross logo icon itself is actually a push button, which when depressed releases the liner lock on the knife blade.

Pliers

The pliers and plier handle are a clever three-piece assembly that folds completely away when not needed. Despite this complex function they are quite strong and rugged.

The pliers themselves are spring loaded, powered by the backspring.

The jaws have fine serrations out near the tips and a coarse gripping area in the center. The wire cutter is of the anvil type.

Blades

The Alinghi knives have a partly-serrated main blade with drop point profile. There is a wave pattern on the blade. WENGER is stamped near the base. Overall length is 3-3/4" (95mm). It is one-hand-opening on the Alinghi 176.
  • Combination cap lifter/medium flathead screwdriver. Note that screwdriver uses Wenger's patented pressure-locking feature.
  • Long 3.5mm screwdriver
On the backspring:
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Sewing awl with hole

Locking Mechanism

Wenger's NewRanger series of knives employ a standard liner lock to lock the main blade open. Release of this lock is accomplished by depressing the white and red Wenger cross button on the side of the handle.

The flathead screwdriver locks open automatically when pressure is applied to it. This is the same patented Wenger mechanism that has been used on their Swiss Army Knife for decades.

Other Features

A split key ring is firmly attached to a mounting hole in the frame.

Sheath

Black nylon sheath included.

Dimensions

  • Folded length = 5" (130mm)
  • Total length, blade unfolded = 9" (225mm)
  • Total length, pliers unfolded = 7" (178mm)
  • Thickness = 1-5/16" (33mm)
  • Weight = 8.8 oz (249g)

Variations

  • Alinghi 176 - One-hand-opening, Phillips, no corkscrew.
  • Alinghi 176 - Two-hand-opening, no Phillips, corkscrew.

Background

The NewRanger series was introduced in 2007. They are produced in Switzerland. Of the variations listed above, at this time only the Model 176 is being imported to North America.
The Alinghi knives are part of the the Wenger NewRanger plier knives series.

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