Officers Knife

Victorinox Officer's and Sports Knife from 1897 The original Victorinox Officer's Knife, is probably the most important knife in Victorinox's long history, and is the predecessor of what most people regard as a Swiss Army Knife.

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. Officers and gentlemen purchased the knife at cutlery stores.

The knife's popularity was critical at the time, as the company (which would later be known as Victorinox) was close to bankruptcy, and its success is credited with saving the company. In a sense it also bridged a society gap and entrenched multi-tool pocket knives in all levels of society. This would help to ensure the longevity of Victorinox, and also establish the great Swiss tradition of quality.

The Small-Blade and famous Corkscrew made their debut in the Officer's Knife.

Layer Tools

Back Layer Tools

Scale Tools

  • Shackle - often referred to as a Bail.


Wood, later fiber



From Victorinox:
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.

Related Knives

  • Original Soldier - The military issue knife from the same time period. No backspring tools, and no corkscrew or small knife blade
  • Spartan {91mm} - The current incarnation of the Officer's Knife, featuring the modern equivalent toolset
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