Swiss Army Knife – Swiss Army Knives


The well renowned Swiss Army knife (manufactured by Victorinox AG) is more than just a multi tool or a pocket knife.


The term “Swiss Army Knife” comes from the US, where the soldiers, after World War II, adapted the name Swiss Army as they had a difficult time pronouncing the German name.

Swiss Army knives normally have very sharp blades and various tools like a can opener, screwdriver and many others. There is a pivot point mechanism in the handle of the knife through which all of these fancy gadgets are kept safely inside of the knife. These knives are iconic for its red handle and Victorinox or Wenger cross logo. The Military issue of these Knives has the coat of arms of Switzerland as a logo on it.

The very first knife was produced in 1891 in Ibach, Switzerland. The company Karl Elsener, later known as Victorinox, won a contract to produce these knifes. Model 1890 knifes were produced by a company called Paul Boechat & Cie, later known as Wenger. These two companies split the contract up until the point where Victorinox then acquired the company in 2005 and started producing both knifes in one company.

The Swiss Army knife has a worldwide recognition for being such a superior knife due to its versatility and unique design.


The following are the tools that you would find on these knives. Not all the knives have all the different tools.

Main tools:

  • Large blade, imprinted with VICTORINOX SWISS MADE to verify its authenticity.
  • Small blad
  • Nail file / nail cleaner / metal file / metal saw
  • Fish scaler/hook disgorger / ruler in cm and inches
  • Scissors
  • Electrician’s blade
  • Pruning blade
  • Wood saw
  • Combination tool with a large screwdriver/wire stripper and a bottle opener
  • Cyber Tool (bit driver)
  • Pliers
  • LED light
  • Magnifying lens
  • Shackle opener
  • Can opener
  • Small screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Belt cutter

Smaller tools:

  • Corkscrew
  • Small flat-blade screwdriver
  • Mini screwdriver
  • Reamer
  • Glass – window breaker
  • Keyring
  • Multipurpose hook

Scale tools:

  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick
  • Pressurized ballpoint pen
  • Stainless pin
  • Digital clock
  • Money clip


In 2006 the company created a knife they called “The Giant” which had every implement the company has ever made included into the design. It has an amazing 87 tools with a staggering  141 different functions. It received a Guinness World Record as the world’s most multifunctional penknife. It sells for about $1000, not a knife for every one but true die hard Swiss Knife fans and collectors.




Even with all the extras that are built into these knives you might be looking for a knife with more specific tools such as a pare of pliers or screw driver fittings. If that is the case then a Multi Tool will more likely be the knife that you are looking for. Learn more about these great tools by reading this article. Or maybe you just want a good old fashioned pocket knife with no fancy bells and whistles, read here. But if all this is a little too confusing and you don’t have a clue where to start then I suggest you read the article called Knives – Pocket Knives – Folding Knives to get a better idea of the different knives on the market.