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Victorinox Swiss Army Past and Present


Poggi Bonsi is proud to carry a wide selection of Victorinox Knives in our retail stores in Burien and in Renton, Washington.
Victorinox knives are made from high carbon stainless-steel blade which provides maximum sharpness and edge retention, they are also ice tempered to sustain sharpness longer. The blades are stamped from cold-rolled steel with a bolsterless edge for use of entire blade and ease of sharpening. The patented Fibrox handles are textured, slip resistant, and ergonomically designed for balance and comfort. All Victorinox knives are NSF approved. expertly made in Switzerland, Victorinox Swiss Army offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

The Victorinox Swiss Army legacy traces its origins to 1884, when Karl Elsener and his mother Victoria opened a cutlery workshop in a small town in Switzerland.Today, the Elsener family still owns Victorinox.  The company celebrated both the 125th Anniversary of Victorinox and the 20th year of the Swiss Army Watch in 2009, with a number of events, including a road trip, and limited editions of both Swiss Army watches and Swiss Army Knives.

There is sometimes confusion about the term “Swiss Army” as it applies to knives and watches. The Swiss Army in Switzerland (meaning the actual country of Switzerland’s army) licenses and procures their “Swiss Army” knives from two companies, Victorinox and Wenger (now both under the same ownership) and has for over a century, so they are both legally and commonly called “Swiss Army” knives.

  • 1884 Karl Elsender and his mother Victoria open the cutlery shop in Ibach-Schwyz, a small town in Switzerland
  • 1891, the company creates it’s first knife for the Swiss Military
  • 1897, the company legally registers the name Swiss “Officer’s and Sport Knife”
  • 1921, Karl Elsener coined the name Victorinox, combining his mother’s name, Victoria, with “inox” an abbreviation for the french name of the new “stainless” steel, which is “inoxydable”
  • 1945, The “Original Swiss Army Knife” makes it’s way around the world as GIs become familiar with it in WWII, and is sold at PXs around the world.
  • 2007, Victorinox decides to star designating all watches worldwide with “Victorinox Swiss Army” on the dial, a transition that will take a few years
  • 2009, the company celebrates its 125th anniversary with the new slogan “125 Years – Your Partner for Life”, many new product introductions, limited editions and other events

About Keli Sim DeRitis

Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, designer, passionate cook, teacher, and tour guide. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi in 2001 to share her love of European travel, food, wine, and culture. Connect with me on Google+

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Keli Sim DeRitis is an artist, designer, passionate cook, teacher, and tour guide. Keli founded Poggi Bonsi in 2001 to share her love of European travel, food, wine, and culture.
Connect with me on Google+

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