Collectible Pocket Knife
The Swiss Army Knife can be traced back to the 1880s when the Swiss Army decided to purchase a pocketknife for its soldiers. Originally designed with implements that allowed soldiers to open their food and service their Swiss rifle, the knife consisted of a sharp blade, a screwdriver, and a can opener. In 1908, two companies, Wenger and Victorinox, were granted the rights to produce the knives, though the Victorinox name was not officially adopted until 1921. The company's founder, Karl Elsener, named the company Victoria in 1909, and in 1921, when the brand began using stainless steel, Victorinox was adopted. The name is a combination of Victoria, Elsener's mother's name, and "inox, " the French word for stainless steel.
The multi-function knives quickly caught on amongst the armed forces, and at the end of World War II, the knife became known as the Swiss Army Knife by American soldiers. In 2005, Victorinox purchased Wenger, and today's shoppers who are looking for an authentic Swiss Army Knife usually search for Victorinox products. Consumers who are looking for a collectible Swiss Army Knife have plenty of options, and rare knives are often considered historical memorabilia.
Wooden, Cellidor, or Alox Handles
While some of the very first Swiss Army Knives feature a wooden handle that was crafted from dark oak or ebony wood, the products may feature a handle made from a range of different materials. Collectors who are searching for a Swiss Army Knife should understand that the type of handle used in the construction of their knife can influence the value of a particular model. Red cellidor handles are a common choice, but many shoppers who are looking for rare Swiss Army Knives prefer the metal Alox handles.
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