Victorinox is a knife manufacturer based in Switzerland best known for its Swiss Army knives. Victorinox is the biggest manufacturer of pocket knives in the world, and acquired their rival Swiss army knife manufacturer, Wegner, in 2005.
Founded in 1884 as a cutlery company, today Victorinox makes all kinds of stuff including watches, clothing, multi-tools, and even luggage. Of course they are best known for their iconic folding knives, and our focus at BladeReviews is on their practical every day carry pieces. To date we have a reviewed a handful of Victorinox’s iconic folders.
Victorinox Knife Reviews:
- Victorinox Pioneer X
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- Victorinox Alox Pioneer and Electrician Review
There are few companies which possess the brand recognition that Victorinox does. At one time, they were one of the co-producers of the Swiss Army Knife. In 2005, they purchased their ailing rival, Wenger, and have ... continue reading
- Victorinox Alox Cadet Review
Think back to your first experiences with a pocket knife. If you are anything like me, it probably came in the course of exploring your father or grandfather's desk drawers or perhaps rifling through that treasure box ... continue reading
Best Victorinox Knives
What I like the most about Victorinox’s Swiss Army knives are their simplicity and effectiveness. That’s why I think their best knives are their most simple designs. You probably won’t see a review here on the SwissChamp for a while (although never say never).
While I like the simplicity of Victorinox’s alox handled models, their regular red cellulose handled knives are great and usually come with the tweezers and tooth pick. I have a number of their red models and keep a couple at my office at all times to open mail and attend to any daily tasks that would typically require a penknife like opening packages, trimming tape, and cutting up the occasional apple for lunch.
I think all things equal I would be perfectly fine EDCing a an Alox Cadet for the rest of my life, and I have done so for many years. It’s everything you need and little to nothing that you don’t, in a handsome and slim package that can be had for well under $30. When you pair it with a larger locking folding knife you have an EDC combination that is appropriate for any situation. It should be no surprise that the Cadet easily makes it to my best EDC knives page.
The Cadet would be my top pick, as it is smaller, thinner, and lighter than the Pioneer. It is an incredibly useful and easy to carry knife.