Victorinox was founded by Karl Elsener in the town of Ibach, Switzerland in 1884. In memory of his mother, the company was named ‘Victoria’ in her honor. Later, Karl Elsener began using stainless steel in the production of the pocket knives. The internationally-recognized name for stainless steel ‘Inox’ was incorporated into the company’s name and becoming the present ‘Victorinox’.
Today, four generations later, great-grandson Mr Carl Elsener IV is at the helm of the company and Victorinox Swiss Army knives are standard issue for more than a dozen armies around the world.
In addition to the knives, which have been showcased in New York’s Museum of Modern Art since the 1970s, Victorinox also features cutlery, watches, travel gear, and fragrances. Each line has its own identity and style yet they all share the core values — highest quality Swiss design, durability and craftsmanship at a sensible price — for which Victorinox is legendary.