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Swiss Army Knife to go blade-less


Swiss Army Knife is to go blade-less after more than a century of production, Victorinox has confirmed.

The Swiss firm announced the measures in response to tighter regulations governing the carrying of knives in many countries around the world.

Victorinox will instead make folding tools without a blade.

The company hopes it will still appeal to customers, including hikers and campers.

Carl Elsener, Victorinox’s CEO, said: “We’re concerned about the increasing regulation of knives due to the violence in the world.”

He added: “In some markets, the blade creates an image of a weapon. I have in mind creating a tool that would be useful for cyclists.

“Cyclists have a need for specific tools but not necessarily a blade.

“We already have a tool specifically for golfers.”

A person carrying a knife in public can only carry a knife in public if it has a folding blade less than three inches in length.

Victorinox announced separate measures to adapt the knives in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks in the US in 2001.

Elsener said: “September 11 showed us that we mustn’t depend on just one sector of products.”

Victorinox produces watches, luggage and even fragrances in addition to its pocket knives.

Elsener’s great-grandfather, a self-employed cutler, started the company when he landed a contract to supply knives to the Swiss Army in 1891.

Victorinox is based in the small town of Ibach and produces around 10 million Swiss Army Knives a year.

There are now around 400 types to choose from, including one that boasts 73 functions.

Lawmakers in Switzerland have also discussed what size blade should be permitted for public use.