The original Victorinox "Officer's Knife", may be the most important knife in the company's long history. This knife was originally registered with the patent office in 1897 as The Officer's and Sports Knife. It was only preceded by the Original Soldier's Knife, but unlike the Soldier it was never part of a military contract. Officer's and gentlemen purchased the knife at cutlery stores. The knife's popularity was critical at the time as the company was close to bankruptcy, and the knife's popularity is credited with saving the company. In a sense it also bridged a society gap and entrenched the multi-tool knives in all levels of the society. This would help to ensure the longevity of the company and establish in the society the Swiss tradition of quality. The Small-Blade and famous Corkscrew made their debut on the Officer's Knife.
- Large Blade
- Small Blade
- Large Screwdriver / Light Prying Tool
- Can-Opener - original design with no other tools
Back Layer Tools
- Shackle - often referred to as a Bail.
The soldier's knife was very robust but relatively heavy. Karl Elsener therefore developed a lighter and more elegant knife for officers, which had even more functions. He called this new model of pocket knife, which had only two springs for six tools, the "Officer's and Sports Knife". He had it legally registered on June 12, 1897.
However, unlike the soldier's knife, the "Officer's Knife" did not become part of the army's official equipment - which is why Victorinox writes the name "Officer's Knife" in quotation marks.
The 2012 Special Edition Spartan (1.3603.L12) is a numbered edition in special packaging that celebrates 115 years of the "Officer's Knife".
- Original Soldier - from the same time period, no corkscrew, and no small knife blade
- Spartan - 91mm, the current incarnation of the Officer's Knife featuring the same tools