In 1884, the Swiss pioneer Karl Elsener founded his cutler’s business. A few years later, he paved the way for an unparalleled company history by developing the legendary “Original Swiss Army Knife”.
Today, Victorinox produces and sells unique, high quality products worldwide which are of practical use in differing areas of life: Swiss Army Knives, Cutlery, Watches, Travel Gear and Fragnances
About Karl Elsener
Karl Elsener opened his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz to combat poverty and unemployment in the Schwyz basin, creating jobs and helping stem the flow of emigration.
His idea of manufacturing a compact knife with an array of practical functions gave birth to the revolutionary multi-utility tool. In 1891, he supplied this tool to the Swiss Army for the first time and eventually developed the Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife, now the iconic Swiss Army Knife in 1897. From then on, his spirit of solidarity, deep roots in the region and strong commitment to solid values shaped the Victorinox company philosophy.