The SwissChamp XLT ups the ante, however, with such tools as a pharmaceutical spatula, a fish scaler with a hook disgorger and ruler, a pruning blade, an electrician's blade with a wire scraper, a chisel/scraper, pliers with a wire cutter and wire crimper, a multipurpose hook, a magnifying lens with 5x to 8x magnification capabilities, a pressurized ballpoint pen, a straight pin, a sewing eye, and a DIP switch setter. Finally, the SwissChamp XLT includes a bit wrench and bit case. The bit wrench includes a 5mm hex socket, a 4mm hex socket, a #0 Pozidrive bit, and a #1 Pozidrive bit, while the bit case comes with a 4mm flat head, #2 Phillips head bit, a 4mm hex bit, and #8, #10, and #15 Torx bits.
As with all Victorinox items, the SwissChamp XLT is made to exacting standards, with dozens of steps going into its construction. Victorinox attends to every detail, from selecting the finest materials to performing the final inspection. In addition, each individual tool has been hardened in a different way to stand up to its designated use. The SwissChamp XLT knife weighs 3.5 ounces and carries a lifetime warranty.
The SwissChamp XLT packs more than 50 mini-tools in its 3.5-inch housing.
SwissChamp XLT Tools
- Large blade
- Small blade
- Can opener with small screwdriver
- Bottle opener with large screwdriver and wire stripper
- Multipurpose hook (parcel carrier)
- Wood saw
- Fish scaler with hook disgorger and ruler
- Nail file with nail cleaner, metal file, and metal saw
- Fine screwdriver
- Pliers with wire cutter and wire crimper
- Phillips screwdriver
- Magnifying lens with 5x to 8x magnification capabilities
- Pressurized ballpoint pen
- Straight pin
- Sewing eye
- Pharmaceutical spatula
- Pruning blade
- Electrician's blade with wire scraper
- Bit wrench with 5mm hex socket, 4mm hex socket, #0 Pozidrive bit, and #1 Pozidrive bit
- Bit case with 4mm flat head, #2 Phillips head bit, 4mm hex bit, #8 Torx bit, #10 Torx bit, #15 Torx bit
- DIP switch setter
- Key ring
In 1884, Swiss cutler Karl Elsener set up shop in Ibach-Schwyz, installing a waterwheel in Tobelbach Brook to run his grinding and polishing machines. Thus began what would become the international brand name Victorinox, a combination of Victoria, for Elsener's mother, and "inox," or stainless steel. Today, Victorinox produces watches, luggage, clothing, and, famously, Swiss Army Knives. The original product dates to 1897, when Elsener patented the Swiss Officer's and Sports Knife he supplied to the Swiss Army. Following World War II, American servicemen and women shopping in PX stores shortened the name to Swiss Army Knife, which lives on in English-speaking countries around the world and has become a metaphor for versatility.