Victorinox: Affordable Knives from the Swiss Army Folks

Victorinox: Affordable Knives from the Swiss Army Folks

Sarah Coffey
Mar 21, 2011

Store History

  • Founded: 1897
  • Founded by: Carl Elsener
  • Headquarters: Ibach, Switzerland

The Kitchn has reviewed a few Victorinox products — including their ceramic fibrox-handled chef's knives, their 8-inch chef's knife, and picnic knives — and they generally come out with high ratings, especially for the price points (although not everything Victorinox sells is cheap).

Their forged, carbon steel knives can run upwards of $100, but their stainless steel, plastic or fibrox-handled versions clock in around $30 for a chef's knife.

Victorinox is best known as the creator of the original Swiss Army knife. Designed in Ibach, Switzerland in 1897, it's a lightweight pocket knife meant to be used by soldiers and outdoorsmen. Today, Victornix produces over 100 versions of the Swiss Army knife, and they've expanded into kitchen cutlery, timepieces, and travel gear.

In 2001, Victorinox launched its first flagship store in Soho, New York, followed by a European flagship in New Bond Street, London. While the flagship shops carry the entire brand range, most retail dealers carry a specific part of the line. For knives, you can order online from or, or shop in person at stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Sur La Table.

Any first-hand reviews of Victorinox knives? Let us know in the comments below.

Pocket Knives, starting at $15
Ceramic Knives, starting at $80
Slicing Knives, starting at $36
Paring/Utility Knives, starting at $5.80
Steak Sets, starting at $48

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