In an age of outsourcing, it’s amazing (and truly commendable) that Swiss Army knives have been made in Switzerland for more than 100 years.

On his 2011 Road Trip, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman was given the opportunity to visit the Victorinox factory in a small town in Switzerland.

His article features a thorough history of the Swiss Army knife, but what’s most impressive are the stunning pictures taken at the factory.

The following picture taken by Kathleen Craig is one of the original models from the late 1800s. Aside from the colors, you can see the general design of the knife hasn’t changed much.

One of the things reporter Daniel Terdiman noted was the bins and bins of specific tools. Those are thousands of corkscrews in separate bins. With all the tools featured in Swiss Army knives, there must be hundreds of these bins with thousands and thousands of tools.

Here’s another example of a bin full of tools. These are the plastic toothpicks.

This is a machine that violently shakes the blades to remove any excess particles that might remain after being stamped.

There are plenty more amazing pictures at CNET, which I highly recommend checking out.

All photos credited to Kathleen Craig, courtesy of CNET.


Timothy Martinez Jr. is the community director for Knife Depot and the editor of The Cutting Edge. If you have any questions or ideas for The Cutting Edge, you can contact him at
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