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Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery

Although Victorinox is known the world over as the creator of the Original Swiss Army Knife, we started out in 1884 as a cutlery workshop. By the time Karl Elsener delivered his first pocket knife to the Swiss Army, he’d been selling fine cutlery to professionals for years. Victorinox had been a staple in European commercial cutlery for over 50 years when we were approached by New York’s R.H. Forschner – known since 1855 as a builder of scales for butchers – to be their sole cutlery supplier.

The two companies joined forces in 1937. The seven decades since have seen R.H. Forschner become North America’s dominant professional brand – as ubiquitous in the bustling meatpacking plants of the Midwest as it is in the gleaming,four-star restaurant kitchens of Midtown Manhattan.

Now that brand is evolving. Returning to its roots.
In conjunction with our 125th anniversary, the name on the doors of our factory in Switzerland – from which beautifully balanced, perfectly weighted, razor sharp tools have begun their journey to North America for all these years – is the name that now appears on each blade.