Everyone has heard of Swiss Army gear or the company called Victorinox. They are famous for making the absolute best pocket knives on the market. Do you know that they make far more than just knives though? YUP they sure do. Things like household goods, watches, travel gear and more.
Before I talk about all the cool stuff this company makes, I always like to provide a bit of history on the company and what makes them so unique. Especially a company with such a long history worldwide like Victorinox.
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Swiss Army is the name of the brand, but the company is actually called Victorinox. They are a Swiss company that has been around since 1884, so over 130 years. Founded by Karl Elsener who first opened a cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz.
His first creation for his company was the pocket knife. This pocket knife though is so much more than just a knife. Made of a very high quality blended steel from Germany and France. It is equipped with multiple tools along with a knife that all fold into itself for hidden use. An easy to carry and very handy multi use tool to have with you.
In 1891, Karl actually supplied the real Swiss Army with his first pocket knife. Once that happened in 1897 Karl decided to make an official Swiss Officer and Sports knife. This particular knife would become the iconic “Swiss Army knife” that still today is one of the most popular pocket knives on the market.
The creation of this knife set the company on its path to over a 130 years of greatness worldwide. This company is an independent family company that has 90% of its shares held by the Victorinox Foundation. The other 10% of the shares are owned by a non-profit charitable foundation.
Knives and cutlery
Although famous for their Swiss Army pocket knife, this isn’t the only knife that this company makes. They actually make an entire line of pocket knives in different sizes and functions as well as household knives and full sets of cutlery.
Some of the household knives they make beside the pocket knife are things like:
- Chef’s knife
- Paring knife
- Steak knives
- Break knives
- Blocks of knives
- Carving knife
- Filleting knife
Along with these household knives, you can get sets of flatware, kitchen utensils and even cutting boards.
Now if you are looking for the famous selection of pocket knives, well they make 3 different sizes : Small, Medium and Large. In each size there are tons of varying designs to choose from depending on what type of knife you are looking for. Some of those designs are :
- Work Champ
- Wine Master
- Rescue Tool
If you are looking for something to handle a bit more of a specific need, then you will happy to know that they make those too. Specific tools like:
- Bike Tools
No matter what type of pocket utility gadget you are looking for, they have you covered. Like all their knives and tools they are made with outstanding quality and all come with a locking blade. Durable and long-lasting!
The prices vary depending on the size and design of the knife. Starting as low as $30.00 CDN and as high up as $250.00 CDN, so a price point for everyone.
Swiss Army has been known the most for their pocket knife, but they also make some pretty “SWEET” watches. Just like their knife, the watches are made with the highest quality and reliability. Built with mechanical excellence, amazing accuracy and a head for adventure.
These watches are subjected to rigorous testing, 130 tests to be exact. They test for things like:
- 10 meter drop resistance,
- torsion and traction resistance
- vibration resistance
- pressure tested
- temperature shock resistance
All these tests are required before any watch officially passes the test of their very high standards. They make all sorts of watches for men and women. In designs like, sport, chronographs, diving, pilot and business watches.
With these high quality watches, comes a pretty hefty price tag, ranging from $425.00 CDN up as high as $2500.00 CDN. Like most good things, these watches don’t come cheap, but the one thing that you can be sure of is it will last forever.
One of the other major products that Swiss Army is incredibly good at, is travel gear. They make super durable, sturdy, rugged and sharp looking travel gear.
Whether you are looking for an entire new set of luggage, a carry-on bag, a backpack, briefcases, duffel or tote bag, you will find it here. Their line of hard case luggage, is super popular as it can withstand pretty much any tough situation. Super spacious, puncture resistant, recessed wheels and more. They come in various sizes to choose from.
All of their other bags, whether they are a tote, carry-on, backpack or even just a briefcase all are made high quality material and meant to handle the toughest of jobs.
All the travel gear that is made, is of the best high end quality and meant for that globe-trotting adventurer on the move. Like all things Swiss Army their products are not cheap, but it is all worth it, simply because of the quality.
We all know that when it comes to things like luggage, you only buy it maybe every decade or so. Travelling, especially flying, can be very hard on our luggage. The way it is tossed around at the airports, makes cheap luggage just not last. Spend the money on good quality, and you don’t have to worry about it being durable enough.
At the beginning of this post, I told you that Victorinox or Swiss Army as I call it, has been in business for 130 years. A company that stays in business that long and with such a following worldwide, obviously is doing everything right.
Every piece of Swiss army gear is fashioned with their very famous logo. It only takes a few seconds to spot something that is made by Victorinox. With such a huge brand following, they have managed to stay absolutely at the top of their game. Continually changing and adapting products to fit what each decade is most need of.
I myself, have an amazing soft laptop briefcase bag, that I swear I have had for more than 15 years. Although I don’t use it every day, over the years it has been used a ton. Like any good product, I may not always need it, but it is there ready whenever I do.
With websites in Canada, USA, and the UK, they are able to handle orders from almost anywhere. They offer free shipping over $75.00 and completely stand behind all of their products with a free return policy.
Next time you are in the market for new luggage, a pocket knife for you or as a gift, or anything that Swiss Army makes, make sure to make them your first stop right here.
I hope that you enjoyed my post and I would love to hear your experience with Swiss Army gear.