Victorinox advertised their knives as “The Original Swiss Army Knife,” and Wenger “The Genuine Swiss Army Knife.” That is, until Victorinox acquired Wenger in 2005, retaining sole control over the Swiss Army Knife market, and kicking Theodore Wenger’s ghost in the balls.4. The Swiss Army Knife has been selected for inclusion in exhibits for excellence in design at both The New York Museum of Modern Art and the State Museum for Applied Art in Munich.5. Each and every knife, product, and tool undergoes a rigorous quality inspection at all of the seven phases of production.
Every inch of raw steel is inspected, as well as the content of the metal digitally analyzed for tensile strength.
The big handle enables excellent grip and the reliable locking blade stays true so you can always get the job done.
In its more than 125 years of history, the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife has become a model of durability and dependability.
The blades are cut, polished, forged and then ground down and sharpened, and then stamped—where again, they are inspected by real eyes and real hands and real micrometers after every single step of production. Today, you can buy everything from Swiss Army forks to Swiss Army perfume… Victorinox dabbles in other Swiss-made products like household cutlery, watches, general tools, and even cosmetics, perfumes, and clothing.
The trick is in the spring mechanism and the telltale Swiss Army Knife “snap” of the tools.
The knives have had only a handful of makeovers throughout the company's history, possibly because aesthetics weren't a top priority.
Still, during its over-100-year run, the knife has made a few noteworthy changes.
The Swiss Army Knife is a modern marvel that was made out of necessity (the first models included only a blade, a can opener and reamer for consuming canned food, and a screw driver needed to assemble the Swiss Army’s rifles), but its staying power proves its unbeatable utility. There were actually two official Swiss Army Knives. The Swiss Champ XAVT is the largest production Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, and includes over 44 tools that serve over 80 functions. Quality control at the Victorinox factories is a big deal.
In order to provide a level of competition and ensure the quality of goods and goals of production, the Swiss government awarded 50 percent of their order contract to Victorinox, and 50 percent to another Swiss cutlery company, Wenger. Fifteen to 20 million parts pass through the assembly line at the Victorinox factory every month.
Those who need to be ready for anything take one of these with them everywhere.