Aitor was founded in 1939. It is based in Spain and makes a wide range of multipurpose razors and knives, including cutlery and hunting knives. Aitor supplies knives to the Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and Estonian armies. It also supplies knives for the Spanish and French police.
Though Aitor does produce a relatively good quality product, perhaps the biggest example of the difference in quality between Aitor and Victorinox or Wenger can be found ot Aitor's website:
AITOR fully guarantees its products for life against any defect in material or manufacture. Naturally, this guarantee does not cover natural wear and tear. Nor does it cover the results of impact, negligence or misuse.
For most collectors, identifying a particular tool as something other than a Victorinox or Wenger is pretty easy. But knowing for sure which company made the item is question isn't necessarily as easy. Here a few things to look for that identify a item as an Aitor:
- Most obvious is the symbol is NOT any version of a swiss cross. The traditional Aitor symbol is shield with an X in the middle, and a cross above. Sometimes the name Aitor will be seen under it, sometimes not. More recently Aitor has a new symbol that looks like it might be wheat or some other plant in the center, again with the name under it.
- The pliers on an Aitor seem to be a very different, and innovative design.
- The reamer looks dramatically different shaped than either a Victorinox or Wenger model. The sewing eye is much higher on the tool, close to the tip.
- The corkscrew appears to have a tighter twist and to be fluted.
- Finally, the main blade should have Aitor stamped on it.
At one time Aitor knives were very similar to Victorinox. Most of their current production of pocket knives appears to be larger 105mm models.
AITOR - Grupo Pielcu,
Pol. Ind. Campollano, Avda. 0, NÂº28 - P.O.Box: 5273
02007 Albacete - España
Phone:+34 967 523 568
Fax: +34 967 523 569