The Swiss knife is a pocketknife or multi-tool manufactured by Victorinox (and up to 2005 also by Wenger SA). The term “Swiss knife” was coined by American soldiers after World War II due to the difficulty they had in pronouncing “Offiziersmesser”. The Swiss knife generally has a main spearpoint blade, as well as various tools, such as screwdrivers, a can opener, and many others. These attachments are stowed inside the handle of the knife through a pivot point mechanism. The handle is usually in its stereotypical red color.
There are various models of the Swiss Knife with different tool combinations. Though Victorinox doesn’t provide custom knives, they have produced many variations to suit individual users.
Large blade, imprinted on the blade shank of Victorinox models with “VICTORINOX SWISS MADE” to verify the knife’s authenticity.
Nail file / nail cleaner
Nail file / nail cleaner / metal file / metal saw
Fish scaler / hook disgorger / ruler in cm and inches
Electrician’s blade / wire scraper
Pharmaceutical spatula (cuticle pusher)
Cyber Tool (bit driver)
Pliers / wire cutter / wire crimper
Shackle opener / marlinspike
Can opener / 3 mm slotted screwdriver
Cap opener / 6 mm slotted screwdriver / wire stripper
Combination tool containing cap opener / can opener / 5 mm slotted screwdriver / wire stripper
2mm slotted screwdriver
Corkscrew or Phillips driver
Mini screwdriver (designed to fit within the corkscrew)
Pressurized ballpoint pen (with a retractable version on smaller models, and can be used to set DIP switches)
Digital clock / alarm / timer / altimeter /thermometer / barometer