125 years ago, Victorinox didn’t just invent the first Swiss Army Knife as we know it today but spearheaded a new era of the philosophy of being prepared with tangibility and realizing the idea that fixing something was better than tossing it in the trash. Compared to the twelve functions implemented in today’s Spartan multitool from Victorinox, the first patented model had six tools: a long blade, short blade, screwdriver, awl, can opener, and corkscrew. To honor the anniversary of the 1897 original, the company is releasing an accurate replica.
The process began by delving into old documents for answers in regards to materials and dimensions. However, certain specs have been updated for safety and longevity. Although stainless steel was too expensive to utilize in 1897 and carbon steel was used instead, the Replica edition will still use stainless steel for its blades, just like every Victorinox knife has used since 1922. On the other hand, the rivets are more era-accurate, made from nickel silver as many were back then. However, the liner is made from aluminum, compared to the brass material of the original. In total, the Replica is made of 18 individual parts and has been hand-assembled.
Likewise, the opening and closing spring mechanisms have been updated for safety. The scales, however, are made from the same vulcanized fiber as the original. And since Victorinox’s iconic cross and shield logo didn’t debut until 1909, the Replica edition leaves it out as well. The new knife comes in a beautifully designed tactile box with a capsule pod inside.
This Replica 1897 edition will be limited to just 9,999 pieces in total. As a comparison, Victorinox makes about 45,000 units per day of its modern multitools. You can purchase the Replica knife starting June 10 from the company’s website.