Victorinox and the Swiss Army Knife
Having a rich history beginning in 1884, the Swiss Army Knife was originally designed by Karl Elsener and was commissioned by the Swiss Army as a folding pocketknife for their soldiers. It was to be used in opening canned food and dismantling the Schmidt-rubin (the Swiss Service rifle). The original knife was called the Model 1890 and included a blade, reamer, can opener and screwdriver. In 1909 Karl Elsener’s mother passed away—he named the company Victoria after her. In 1921, when they started using stainless steel in the construction of the Swiss Army Knife, they added “inox”—a shortened version of the French word for stainless steel, making the full name Victorinox. The rest, as they say, is history.