Victorinox was founded in 1884 when Karl Elsener began building versatile knives for soldiers in the Swiss army. He had the brilliant idea to build a multi-purpose knife that could house various blade and tool features within a single, compact housing. With that single invention, the original "Swiss Army Knife" was born. Over time, Victorinox has evolved with their customers to offer many different knife configurations for a variety of uses; safety and rescue, hiking, camping, fishing, climbing, or as a scout's first pocket knife. Victorinox knives are trusted, durable and versatile knives that can last a lifetime.