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Swiss Army History

The Victorinox “Swiss Army knife” is over 100 Years Old. This useful pocket multi tool was legally registered on June 12, 1897. Over 34,000 of these pocket tools with the distinctive Swiss cross leave the factory in central Switzerland each day. Ninety per cent are for export to over 100 different countries and serve as ambassadors for Switzerland.

Karl Elsener, the company founder, wanted to create work in sparsely industrialised central Switzerland and counter the emigration spawned by unemployment. To go from hand crafting to industrial production was at the time adventurous and required enormous determination. Today, this family business in Schwyz provides 950 jobs.

After the soldier’s knife, which every recruit receives upon entering the army, Karl Elsener developed a new, elegant and lightweight pocket knife, with six practical tools. He called this new model the “Officers and Sports knife”.

Swiss-Store is a UK authorised reseller of Victorinox and Wenger products. Part of the Outdoor365 group.

 

 

Swiss-Store has in house state-of-the-art YAG laser engraving machinery, operated by skilled and experienced staff to ensure that your product is laser engraved with a perfect, striking and everlasting finish.

Because our YAG lasers work with smaller wavelengths, shorter pulses, and much higher peak powers than CO2 lasers, they deliver a higher impact and intensity level - which is perfect for achieving fine detail marking and engraving on metals.

Purchase a new product from Swiss-Store today and we will laser engrave it without delay, creating an excellent personalised gift or personal accessory.

Swiss-Store offers a variety of fonts for laser engraving purposes allowing you to select the font that you most like the appearance of when using our specially developed ‘preview’ function during the checkout pages of this website.

 

 

All products sold by Swiss-Store carry a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Victorinox AG guarantees all knives and tools to be of first class stainless steel and also guarantees a life time against any defects in material and workmanship (save for electronic components 2 years). Damage caused by normal wear and tear, misuse or abuse are not covered by this guarantee.