The bonus Classic knife, meanwhile, contains six tools to put your life in order again. Measuring just 2-1/4 inches long--less than a pack of gum--and sheathed in the quintessential Swiss Army red casing, the Classic includes a knife blade, scissors, a nail file with a screwdriver tip, a removable plastic toothpick, and removable tweezers. The Classic makes a great portable toolbox and manicure kit, and is small enough to fit in just about any pocket.
As with all Victorinox items, the Trekker and Classic are made to exacting standards, with dozens of individual parts and hundreds of steps going into their 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. Outfitted with a plastic housing, the Trekker carries a lifetime warranty.
About Swiss Army Knives
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.