The Victorinox company was founded in 1897 in Ibach, Switzerland by entrepreneur Karl Eisener. The first product offered by the company was the flagship multi-tool pocketknife. While multi-tool Swiss army knives are still the most popular item sold by Victorinox, with 34,000 knives being shipped out from the factory every day, the company has expanded over the last century-plus to offer a much wider variety of goods. All prices quoted in this article are accurate as of May 2011.
The well liked and sought after multi-tool knives designed and manufactured by Victorinox come in a wide variety of configurations, each meant for specific types of work and recreation. The "Everyday" line of knives, with prices falling between $14 for the most basic model to $250 for the most complex model, carry accoutrements meant for common tasks such as cutting, bottle opening and turning screws. Other lines of multi-tool knives, such as the "Do-It-Yourself" line, the "Sports & Leisure" line and the "Executive," are geared towards light carpentry, hiking/camping and grooming, respectively. Prices for knives in these lines range from $20-$270.
The "Home Kitchen" line of Victorinox cutlery includes paring/utility knives, chef's knives, Japanese santoku knives, bread knives, slicing/carving knives, boning fillet knives, steak knives, and block sets of multiple knives. There is also an "Oyster Knife Collection," which features four different types of oyster knife named after different American cities. Kitchen shears, carving forks and honing tools are also part of the Victorinox cutlery collection. Prices for these products range from $25 for an individual knife to well over $600 for one of the more elaborate block sets.
There are multiple lines in the Victorinox timepiece collection, from outdoorsman-oriented watches under the "Active" label to the stately timepieces of the "Classic" line to the "Professional" line of watches for pilots and divers. There is also a line of dedicated chronograph timepieces, though many of the Victorinox timepieces already possess a chronograph feature, and some of the models also have a tachometer. Most of the Victorinox timepieces are waterproof to a depth of 330 feet, though the DiveMaster timepieces are waterproof to a depth of up to 500 m. Prices for the timepieces range from $100-$700.
Victorinox manufactures carry-on bags, suitcases, laptop bags, briefcases and backpacks for frequent travelers. Prices range from $70 for the fabric "Day packer" tote to $575 for the "Karl" leather executive laptop briefcase. The company also designs a line of clothing with the outdoors in mind. Garments range from waterproof jackets to zip sweaters to cargo pants and shorts. Garment prices range from $50 to $265. Lastly, Victorinox also offers a line of men's and women's fragrances, ranging in price from $30-$55.
All Swiss Army Knives are covered under a lifetime warranty against any material or workmanship defects. All Victorinox timepieces purchased at an authorized Victorinox Swiss Army retailer are covered under a three-year warranty for any material or workmanship defects affecting the hands and/or timepiece faceplate. Victorinox products are available for purchase online through the Victorinox Swiss Army online store, as well as through many other popular online retailers such as Amazon.