It is famous for its unusual and unique tool which combines the functions of an orange peeler and a screwdriver.
This tool configuration, without a keyring, was originally named the Companion, but should not be confused with the later 58mm Companion which has the same name.
It should also not be confused with the older 58mm Executive, or the Wenger or Delémont Executive 81.
Currently available with standard red or black Cellidor scales. Other colours and scale types have been available - see below.
- The no keyring version was originally named the Companion.
- 14kt gold version
- A smooth Alox-scaled version was often used for advertising ('premium sales'), but was available without promotions as well.
- Early models were available with a shackle rather than a keyring.
- The horn-scaled version was a luxury model produced as early as the 1960s, but probably not after 1980. These models typically, if not always, have tweezers with a metal head.
- The rosewood luxury model includes toothpick and tweezers.
- A prehistoric-mammoth-tusk ivory-handled version was introduced in the United States in November 2011. This natural material has great variation, making each knife very unique, even the handle scales on either side can have quite a variation. The material was probably cut keeping in mind: preserving the natural imperfections and minimizing waste material, unlike typical mammoth ivory cuts.
A smooth Alox version of the Executive was once available. The Director is a stainless steel handled version. Neither of these models include the toothpick and tweezers.
The mammonuth tusk ivory variation was the first really new luxury pocket knife smaller than 91mm to be introduced by Victorinox in quite some time. The 74mm line in general had been stagnant for more than a decade, which led to thoughts that it might be phased out altogether in the future. This made the introduction all that more special, maybe it was a final farewell for the line. However this has proved not to be the case, as the Executive is still available and popular (2020).
The Executive is one of the few Swiss Army Knives that can be positively identified in the television show MacGyver, which aired from 1985 to 1992, thanks to the distinctive appearance of the orange peeler. For instance, episode fourteen of the first season had a scene in which the star of the show uses the orange peeler of an Executive to pry the lids off of four tubes of acid that were part of a bomb. The opening credits for each show, following the first season, included a portion of this footage. Whilst MacGyver used many Swiss Army Knife models, this was most likely, the most commonly used model.
- 0.6603: Red Cellidor scales
- 0.6603.3: Black Cellidor scales
- 0.6602.61: Horn scaled toothpick, tweezers, no keyring
- 0.6603.60: Rosewood scales with toothpick, tweezers, and keyring
- 0.6600.68: Mother of Pearl scales no toothpick, tweezers, or keyring
- 53404: Mammoth tusk ivory scales (US model number)
- Director - Same toolset but with stainless steel scales
- Prince - Loses the orange peeler; has a different style nail-file with a double groove; usually metal scales
- Ambassador - Loses the orange peeler; yet another (58mm) style nail-file
- Windsor - A stainless steel handled version of the Ambassador
- Money Clip - Same toolset as the Ambassador; adds a money clip to the scales