In 1884, Karl Elsener opened his cutlers...
...workshop in Ibach-Schwyz, whilst at this time Switzerland was still one of the poorer countries in Europe, and so in the early years Karl Elsener worked to combat poverty and unemployment in the Schwyz basin, creating jobs and helping stem the flow of people leaving the local community in order to find work.
In 1891 he supplied the soldiers knife to the Swiss Army for the first time. He went on to develop the Swiss Officers 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.
On the death of his mother in 1909, Elsener named his company "Victoria" in her honour. The introduction of the Swiss coat of arms as company logo dates to the same year. In 1921, the company was renamed to the present "Victorinox", a portmanteau of"Victoria" and "inox", an abbreviation for acier inoxydable, the French term for stainless steel.
From then on, his spirit of solidarity, deep roots in the region and strong commitment to solid values shaped the Victorinox company philosophy.
Victorinox guarantees that its products meet the highest standards in all areas and quality is never compromised, regardless of the production site. Victorinox Swiss Army Knives are manufactured in Switzerland.
It is this level of quality that has allowed Victorinox to become a leader in Switzerland and the rest of the world.
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.