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How long has the Classic been around

Discussion in 'Multi-tools & Multi-purpose Knives' started by pa knifeguy, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. pa knifeguy

    pa knifeguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    Does anyone know when Victorinox first started producing the classic?
  2. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    According to SAKWiki, the Classic was introduced in 1935, and in 1942 the tweezers and toothpick were added.

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  3. pa knifeguy

    pa knifeguy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    Thanks James
  4. Piso Mojado

    Piso Mojado Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Like some of our forum members — present company excepted — SAKwiki.com is elderly, eccentric, and occasionally confused. Check the pocket knife section of the Elsener 1942 catalog and you will find early versions of several current models, but no Victorinox Classic. The SAKs are on pages 36 and 37.


    This is from SAKwiki's historical page on Victorinox's 58mm knives:


    This is the U.S. patent application:



    U.S. patent applied for November 8, 1952; German patent applied for July 17, 1952; U.S. patent granted September 27, 1955. I'm guessing that Swiss production began in 1955. The Classic is not in Victorinox's 1954 U.S. catalog.

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  5. James Y

    James Y

    Feb 18, 1999
    Thanks for the correction, Piso Mojado.


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