Knowing that his country's army knives mattered, Karl Elsener, owner of a surgical equipment company in the Swiss town of Ibach Schwyz, invented the Knife Officers which would become the first Swiss Army knife in 1897.
Lightweight, easy to carry and sturdy, the piece had blades on both sides of the frame, an innovation for its time, and its functions: a large and a small blade, puncher, can opener, screwdriver and corkscrew.
Who invented the Swiss Army knife?
To expand the business and attract more users the knife was refined perfected by Elsener and thus the model with tools was born. It had can opener, screwdriver, punch and corkscrew, saw, pliers, bottle opener attached to screwdriver , toothpick, tweezers, fishing hook, magnifying glass and even a small compass.
The product became popular after the Second World War among the American military units. Today the company has 100 different combinations. There are models with pliers, fishing hook, magnifying glass, compass, pen-drive, etc..
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