Company

130 YEARS OF PASSION
130 YEARS OF PASSION

The company Victorinox

In 1884, Karl Elsener opened his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz. At this time Switzerland was still one of the poorer countries in Europe. In the early years Karl Elsener worked to combat poverty and unemployment in the Schwyz basin, creating jobs and helping stem the flow of emigration.

In 1891 he supplied the soldier’s knife to the Swiss Army for the first time. He went on to develop the Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife – now the iconic Swiss Army Knife – in 1897, creating the foundation for a flourishing company that would be able to hold its own on the world stage.

From then on, his spirit of solidarity, deep roots in the region and strong commitment to solid values shaped the Victorinox company philosophy. 

Today, Victorinox is a global company with five product categories: Swiss Army KnivesHousehold and Professional KnivesWatchesTravel Gear and Fragrances. The Swiss Army Knife is the core product and has a pioneering role in the development of all product categories.

Quality

Victorinox guarantees that its products meet the highest standards in all areas and quality is never compromised, regardless of the production site. The majority of Victorinox products – the Swiss Army KnivesHousehold and Professional KnivesWatches and Fragrances – are manufactured in Switzerland.

For reasons of expertise, Travel Gear items are produced abroad, where the technical, staff and material resources needed for efficient manufacture can be accessed. To ensure that these products also meet the highest standards, partners are chosen carefully and the high quality standards are stringently enforced.

It is this level of quality that has allowed Victorinox to become a leader in Switzerland and the rest of the world.

Social Responsibility

Victorinox AG is an independent family company and 90% of shares are held by the Victorinox Foundation. The company’s continued existence is therefore optimally assured as 90% of generated profits are available to the company as reserves. The remaining 10% of shares are held by a not-for-profit foundation that supports charitable projects.

Forging Bonds
The traditional skill of knifemaking
Forging Bonds
Sustainability
Part of our DNA at Victorinox
Sustainability
Iconic Design
What makes it a design icon?
Iconic Design
Our history
More than 130 Years of Passion
Our history

Have you ever wondered how we manage to produce so many Swiss Army Knives a day?

Discover the secret of our success. Every day, we make thousands of knives: high-quality products that are compact and ready for any adventure. We pack them with functionality and innovative design. Get a rare look behind the scenes at the many stages of production that go into manufacturing the legendary Swiss Army Knife.