The history of Victorinox began in 1884, when Karl Elsener of Switzerland opened his own cutler's business. Back then, the energy for the grinding and polishing machines was supplied by a waterwheel, driven by a stream. Today, Victorinox Swiss Army Inc. provides human beings all over the world with practical, functional, reasonably priced, top-quality products that give life deeper meaning and make work more pleasurable and satisfying. For decades, star chefs and professional cooks have relied on superior-quality household and trade knives from Victorinox. The knives rest comfortably in the hand and are dishwasher-safe. Blade hardness and a laser-tested cutting angle guarantee high-edge retention.