Founded in 1884 by Karl and Nicolas Elsener, Victorinox is the biggest manufacturer of pocket knives in the world, mostly known for its Swiss Army knives. Since 1891, the company has been supplying knifes to the Swiss army. In 1909, they introduced their famous cross in a shield logo and in 1921 the company changed its name to ‘Victorinox’, named after the founders mother ‘Victoria’ and stainless steel ‘inox’.
Made of highest quality Swedish steel, the Swiss Army knife is the most iconic product by Victorinox. Since the acquisition of rival Wenger in 2005, Victorinox is the sole supplier of multi-purpose knives to the Swiss army. Also, NASA astronauts carry a Victorinox knife as standard equipment. Victorinox’s flagship model is the ‘Champion’ (as pictured above), which is part of the New York Museum of Modern Art’s permanent design collection. In 1986, it was replaced by the ‘Swiss Champ’ model.
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