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In the 19th century, the cutlery industry in Switzerland was well established though it did not have the same means for mass production as did Solingen. The country relied heavily on the steel magnate for its imports for years until Swiss Cutler Karl Elsener founded the Swiss Cutlery Guild and began manufacture of the Offiziersmesser (officer knife) for the Swiss army. It was particularly handy for dismantling rifles with its built-in screwdriver and for opening canned food. The recent version of the solider knife released in 2008 (Soldatenmesser 08) includes a serrated lockable blade, wood saw, can opener with small 3mm screwdriver, lockable bottle opener with 7 mm screwdriver, wire bender, Phillips screwdriver, reamer and key ring.
In its evolution, Victorinox has become synonymous with reliability and enduring craftsmanship and maintains its lifetime warranty. Across the board, all the blades are made of stainless steel and are geared to all sorts of vocations from the Huntsman and Skipper to the Waiter, Tourist and Executive. Whatever your adventure streak from mountain climbing to space shuttle missions or 80s MacGyver revivals, the cross and shield emblem is your undying sidekick. With flagship expansions into London, Geneva, Düsseldorf, Tokyo, Basel and more, the company’s product line-up has also followed suit with the introduction of kitchen cutlery, signature timepieces, travel gear and fragrances.
Product innovations to meet the changing of the times has been in full force especially with the Victorinox Cyber tools equipped with USBs, LED light and lasers. As a purveyor of good industrial design, the Swiss Army knife is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst in Munich. The SwissCard has also won the prestigious red dot design prize in the Best of the Best category. The design legacy continues with Victorinox’s latest collaboration with designer Kazuma Yamaguchi who also heads up Abitax. TOMO, the special edition capsule collection, features an array of colourful pocket knives designed with a purist, effeminate aesthetic, the reductionism of wabi sabi and Yamaguchi’s Zen Buddhist influence. All packaging is made of 100% recycled and reusable pulp and can be stored away in a genuine leather pouch.