Discover how one of the biggest pocket knife manufacturers make one of the world's most popular multi tool, The Victorinox Swiss Army Knife. Every single model of the Victorinox Classic Swiss Army Knife is made in a quiet valley located in Switzerland.
" We have a simple recipe, we look at every single detail, said Carl Elsener (Victorinox, CEO), the forth generation in this century old family business.
Focusing on the quality and functionality of the products, Victorinox Swiss Knifes have users across all demographics and even American presidents own one of them too.
Today, more than 1000 workers produce more than 60,000 knifes each day. It takes 450 steps to make one single knife. The hardest part to produce is the legendary Swiss Army Knife Blade.
Here's a summary of the creation of 1 blade from beginning to end
1.Each blade starts off as raw steel
Every inch of the material is inspected before production and the metal content is analysed to ensure that all the specifications are correct. This helps to ensure durability and quality.
2. The steel heads to production
Step 1: Cutting out the shape
The factory has 50 stamping machines in which the tools are being made from.
The machine are multi tasking so the factory can change the stamp to make any part.
Step 2: The blades are cut out from the rolls of steel
Step 3: To prevent wastage, the remaining steel parts are sent back to the supplier for recycling.
Step 4: Polishing the steel
The metal are polished with ceramic stones until they become very smooth. Water are used to lubricate the stones and washing away the residues from the cutting process.
More than 10000 parts are being treated each time and the whole process takes about 5 to 8 hours.
Step 5: Once ready. blades are extracted with magnets
With a temperature of more than 1050 degrees, it changes the molecular structure of the steel.
Surface of the blades are grinded using the two dishes.
Step 9: Branding the blade
A machine helps to brands each blade.
Step 10: Randomly check parts before assembly
Step 11: Classic Red & other rainbow colour handles are made
The handles are made from PVC granules fed into an injection moulding machine.
Inside the machine, the handles are cooled down and it comes out shiny and polished.
These springs help act as a safety mechanism to prevent one from getting cut.
Step 14: Drill bits are added fixing the spring between the blades
Step 16: All the parts come together
A skilled worker can assemble a Swiss Army Knife in about 3 minutes. However, it takes lots of training and on job practice on smaller tools before one is qualified to assemble the Victorinox Classic Swiss Knife.
After being stamped, polished, hardened and assembled, the production of the Victorinox blade is finally completed.
Final inspection is made.
The rejected goods will be marked and not hit the shelves.
Here's the final product!
If you are travelling & would love to go on a tour to know more about Victorinox history, you can visit the Swiss Knife Valley Vistor Center in Brunnen.
You can even make your very own Swiss Army Knife.
You can also get your very own Victorinox Swiss Knives here: http://bit.ly/12IGUxC