The 'Swiss Officer's Knife' - A symbol of Quality and Diversity
Worldwide presence is the distinguishing characteristic of the pocket tools from Victorinox.
To stay ahead as market leader the Swiss knife maker surprises the market every year with new innovations.
Since its establishment in 1884 by Karl Elsener, the company has produced top quality equipment which has been steadily improved as new materials and methods became available.
For instance, the separating strips were originally made from nickel silver, but since 1951 have been made from aluminium alloy making the knives lighter and easier to carry.
The original soldiers knife, which incidentally is still supplied to the Swiss Army, was improved upon to produce a lighter and more versatile 'Officer's and Sport Knife' which was registered in 1897.
Over the years further useful features were built into the practical multi-tool.
Today the 'officer's knife' is available from stock in more than 100 different variations and combinations.
The flagship of the series is the 'Swiss Champ' with 33 features.
It consists of 64 individual parts but weighs only 185 grams. More than 450 steps are required in its manufacture.
So successful is it that both the New York Museum of Modern Art and the State Museum of Applied Art in Munich have selected it to form part of their collections of excellence in design.
Many other items have been added to the product range, including
watches, multi-tools and a wide range of household, kitchen and professional knives
resulting in Victorinox having the largest cutlery factory in Europe.
Often copied, but never bettered, 'Swiss Officer's Knives' have been used throughout the world
and even outside it - in space.
Innovation and superb product design has kept Victorinox at the leading edge of the industry for many years - you could say the 'cutting-edge'
Check out the full range at www.victorinox.ch,
and for the UK at www.burton-mccall.co.uk.
Victorinox.