In 1891, Karl Elsener, the founder of Victorinox, began to supply the Swiss Army knives manufactured in Switzerland, and in Germany as they did before. The original had a wooden handle (compared to the compounds in metal / plastic used today), and was equipped with a blade, screwdriver, bottle opener and a punch. Later, in 1897, Elsener developed a version which used a special spring mechanism that allowed multiple tools to be contained in a handle of equal size.
The range of models is vast, ranging from basic models with two blades up to boxcutters Swiss have fifty tools. The type of tools that you can find in a Swiss boxcutter is limited only by the size of the object and the imagination of the designers. For example, you can find various types of screwdrivers, allen, blades, altimeters, magnifying glasses, cutlery, nail files. In recent models have even appeared instruments such as laser pointers for overhead projectors and USB storage devices.
In recent years, in addition to production of the classic boxcutter, Victorinox produces and sells the so-called SwissTool: a multifunctional tool (pliers with folding blades and accessories concealed in the handles) similar to the American Leatherman Tool.
Wenger is also specialized in the production of watches, and owns the brand "Swiss Army".
It seems that the traditional red color of the handle has been chosen because it is easily visible if the knife falls in the snow (in addition to call, along with the white cross, the Swiss flag).