| This tool is a solid-state Flash memory device with a USB computer connector used for transferring and carrying computer files. |
When the tool in connected to a computer it looks like an additional disc drive has been added, files are opened, copied, and deleted from the device as if it was a regular disc storage device. The device is USB 2.0 compatible.
Originally this tool was only available on the SwissMemory series of knives, but coinciding with the second generation of the tool in 2008, a new SwissFlash series of knives was introduced. The memory sizes have increased over the years.
The tool itself is removable from the knife simply by snapping it in or out. The Flash Drives retain the same physical housing between the two generations so they can be interchanged between the different knife models. This is very convenient if you own both models, as it allows you to switch the flash drive from a knife with blades into a Flight version for travel for example.
In 2010 Victorinox Introduced a Flash Storage Device known as the Secure that offers data encryption and biometric authentication using an integrated finger-print scanner. External software is required to utilize all the features of this advanced device.
In 2011 Victorinox introduced the Slim Flash device that is 1/2 the width of the previous devices, offers greater storage capacities, and is packaged with password based data encryption software.
Original (Swissbit) Version
The original version of the tool was manufactured by Swissbit. It is compatible with SecureLock software that provides password protection to secure the contents of the device. A small green LED in the housing of the device is on when it is connected to the computer and idle. The light briefly turns off when the device is being accessed. It also turns off when the device can be safely removed from the USB port.
Available Sizes: (Original Swissbit version)
- 64 Megabytes
- 128 Megabytes
- 256 Megabytes
- 512 Megabytes
- 1 Gigabyte
- 2 Gigabytes
Boot Support: Legacy Bios (USB-ZIP, USB-FDD, or USB-HDD)R/W Performance: Read max. 8 MB/sec | Write max. 7 MB/sec
The second generation of the tool was introduced in 2008. Starting with increased memory sizes, it also has a new Write-Protect switch to prevent accidental altering of the contents. The drive also offers faster USB 2.0 read/write speeds. A small Red/Green LED inside the drive housing normally glows red when the device is connected to the computer and USB power is enabled. However; when the drive is switched to write-protected mode, the LED glows green. The light blinks off/on during read/write operations.
The manufacture of this device is not known, but it no longer carries the Swissbit logo and is no longer compatible with SecureLock software.
Available Sizes: (2nd Generation)
- 1 Gigabyte
- 2 Gigabytes
- 4 Gigabytes
- 8 Gigabytes
- 16 Gigabytes
Boot Support: Legacy Bios and Ready Boost (Windows Vista)R/W Performance: Hi-Speed (USB2) Read max. 30 MB/sec | Write max. 23 MB/sec
The new memory devices appear to be made (or packaged) by MKI USA, a US private company, located in New York and California.