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Swiss Army Knife Company: Victorinox&Wenger (true and false identification)

Written in the front: Victorinox and Wenger, the Swiss Army Knife Company, like the General Atomic Energy Company we introduced earlier , Cargill of the United States and Louis Dreyfus of France , are not listed on the US stock market. Chinese netizens should know about the famous brand-name companies, that’s all.

The Swiss Army Knife, also known as the Swiss Knife or the Universal Knife, is a folding knife that contains many tools of the Swiss Army Knife on a single knife. It is named after the Swiss Army equipped soldiers with this kind of utility knife. Because of its reputation, the Chinese market is flooded with fake and shoddy Swiss Army knife products. The following introduces the Swiss Army Knife brand and the method of authenticity identification.

The basic tools in the Swiss Army Knife are often: ballpoint pen, toothpicks, scissors, flat knife, can opener, screwdriver, tweezers, etc. To use these tools, just pull it out of the fold of the blade and you can use it. Therefore, in order to distinguish the true from the false, first see if the function is correct. The false ones are generally sold as dogs, with incomplete functions or poor materials.

There are two companies that provide Swiss Army Knives to the Swiss Army. One is Victorinox and the other is Wenger. Therefore, in addition to these two brands, any other Swiss Army Knife brand is engaged in clothing, luggage, and knives in China. The manufacturers are all counterfeit products.

In 2005, Victorinox acquired Weiger Wenger and became the only company to supply Swiss army knives to the Swiss army. Before the merger, the two companies would each sell the same number of army knives to the Swiss army. On January 30, 2013, Victorinox formally merged Wenger’s knife production business and will no longer produce Wenger brand Swiss Army knives in the future.

Wenger also sells luggage, briefcases, school bags, shoes, watches, perfumes and personal products globally, and entered the Chinese market in 2011.

History of Wenger:

Wenger logo

  • 1893-Paul Boéchat founded the Paul Boéchat & Cie. Knife Factory in Courtételle.
  • 1895-A group of Delsberg entrepreneurs took over the company and changed its name to Fabrique suisse de coutellerie SA.
  • 1898-Theo Wenger is appointed as supervisor.
  • 1900-Basler Besteckfabrik was acquired, the two companies merged under the name Schweizer Besteckfabrik, and the business moved to Delsberg.
  • 1901-The Swiss army is equipped with Wenger’s small knives.
  • 1907-Theo Wenger acquired the company and changed its name to Wenger & Co. SA.
  • 1908-The Swiss Army decided to tear up the contract and hand over half of the orders to Victorinox in the German-speaking area of ​​Switzerland, and the other half to Wenger.
  • 1922-The company changed its name to Wenger SA. Kaspar Oertli bought a large amount of equity.
  • 1929-Kaspar Oertli acquires a majority stake in the company after Theo Wenger’s death.
  • 1947-Max Oertli takes over the management of the company and the production process becomes mechanized.
  • 1980-The descendants of Max Oertli run the company.
  • 1986-A fire destroyed most of the manufacturing plant, rebuilt and expanded the business, modernized equipment and revised the product line.
  • 1988-Wenger started manufacturing watches.
  • 2004-Wenger changes the shape of the Swiss Army Knife.
  • 2005-Victorinox acquired Wenger and plans to retain the brand. Wenger uses “Genuine Swiss Army Knife” as the slogan, and Victorinox is “Original Swiss Army Knife”.
  • 2007-Wenger released EvoGrip, a Swiss Army Knife with an ergonomic shape and fitted rubber to enhance the safety of the grip.
  • January 30, 2013-Victorinox announced that it has officially merged the Wenger tool production business and will no longer produce Wenger brand Swiss Army knives in the future.

Victorinox history:

Victorinox Logo

  • In 1884, Victorinox was founded by the founder Carl Eisner and began to produce knives for the Swiss military.
  • In 1909, Essen began to use the logo of a cross in the shield. His mother, Victoria Elsener-Ott, died. In memory of her mother, Elsener gave her mother’s name ” “Victoria” is the trademark of the product.
  • Stainless steel was invented in 1921, and Essen added the French abbreviation “Inox” for stainless steel to the brand name, and formally created the name “Victorinox” and continues to use it today.
  • After the 1980s, Victorinox began to expand its business scope to include markets such as watches, suitcases and bags, clothing and perfumes. The Swiss Knife itself has also added more modern tools, such as flash drives, presentation laser pointers and LED flashlights.
  • Victorinox had sales of 500 million Swiss francs (approximately US$530 million) in 2010, and it employs 900 people at its headquarters in Ibach. It can produce 28,000 Swiss knives every day.
  • January 30, 2013-Victorinox announced the formal merger of Wenger tool production business, becoming the only tool supplier in the Swiss military.

Authenticity Identification of Swiss Army Knife Products:

SwissGear, Swisswin and any other products known as Swiss Army Knives sold on the Chinese market are fakes. Currently (2015-5-22), Victorinox and Weiger Wenger are not produced in China, only authorized dealers are imported with original packaging. Don’t be fooled if you don’t know the truth.

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