Victorinox is a manufacturer of household and professional knives of high quality in its price range, pocket tools, clothes and watches. The company started in 1884 and is famous for the creation of the Original Swiss Army Knife.
According to Carl Elsener, CEO Victorinox AG, they develop their products as “true companions for life”.
The name R.H. Forshcner is closely connected with Victorinox knives. It used to be a division of Victorinox / Swiss Army Brands and distributed cutlery with more than 300 blade styles under the RH Forschner by Victorinox brand. In 2009 Victorinox Swiss Army, Inc. decided to change the brand name “RH Forschner” on the blades to “Victorinox”.
Our Victorinox knives review is based on the research of the each line’s specific features and characteristics.
Victorinox knives handles
For domestic and professional knives Victorinox makes handles with different characteristics. They can be:
– Red, blue, black, white polypropylene, dishwasher-proof handles.
– Polished rosewood handles.
– Lacquered bubingawood handles.
– Fibrox handles for professional knives of different colors. They are hygienic, textured, slip resistant and lightweight. Fibrox handles mostly come with filleting and slicing knives, kitchen cleavers, butcher’s and boning knives. Such handles can be sterilized up to 150°, which is among many other pros mentioned in this Victorinox knives review.
– Nylon handles usually come with special knives, mostly used for cutting cheese.
– Beechwood handles also come with special knives, especially with cable knives.
Victorinox knives blades
– Stamped knives are made from high-carbon, stainless steel, cut out of cold-rolled piece of steel, grounded, tempered, and then sharpened, so they are lighter and thinner than forged ones.
– Forged knives are made from no stain X50CrMo V15 steel.
– Victorinox knives usually don’t have a bolster. See, for example, the picture of the most popular Victorinox knife on Amazon above.
– NSF seal of quality on the blade which means the highest sanitary standards.
– The blades are produced with different edges – normal straight edge, fluted, wavy, micro-denting or the combination of straight with saw edge.
This Victorinox knives review presents the difference between various lines of kitchen knives.
Victorinox knives lines
– Victorinox Polypropylene Knives – no rivets, no bolster, polypropylene handles.
Such handles usually come with paring knives, peelers, spreaders, decorating knives and other inexpensive cutlery.
– Victorinox Rosewood Knives – Rosewood handle, three-riveted handles, straight line formed by the blade and the handle.
2. Victorinox Swiss Classic (formerly Victorinox Fibrox line) – ergonomic Fibrox handles, no rivets, no bolster.
Stamped stainless steel.
3. Victorinox Forged Knives – perfect balance; forged stainless steel, X50CrMoV15 (like the steel for Wusthof cutlery).
Forged knives are offered in German and French styles.
Forged knives of German style usually have three-riveted, full tang, plastic over molded handles and a bolster.
French style doesn’t have a bolster and have the same features as the mentioned German style. Both styles have a straight line formed by the blade and the handle.
Victorinox forged knives also have rounded, ergonomically designed handles. They come in three sizes and have a bolsterless edge.
Forged knives are heavier than stamped ones, but they hold the edge and stay sharp longer.
4. Victorinox Ceramic Knives – the new collection of several types of knives (not so many yet), equipped with Fibrox handles with the ergonomic design.
These knives are lightweight, half the weight of stainless steel knives, razor-sharp, acids and corrosion resistant. Their edge retention lasts 5 times longer.
Victorinox vs Wusthof knives
To add some valuable information to the Victorinox knives review, we decided to compare prices for paring knives manufactured by Victorinox and Wusthof. To manage the comparison in a right way, we choose the relevant lines with forged and stamped steel.
Stamped knives. Wusthof offers stamped steel knives with its Gourmet and Silverpoint lines. For example, the most inexpensive 3” paring knife can cost $10 to $22 on Amazon.
Victorinox offers less expensive knives. Its 3.24” paring knife with a polypropylene handle costs about $5.
In general, Victorinox stamped knives are less expensive than even the least expensive Wusthof knive.
Forged knives. You can also compare Victorinox forged knives with the relevant three-riveted Wusthof forged lines, such as Classic Ikon, Classic and Le Cordon Bleu knives. Wusthof forged paring knives with synthetic handles usually cost $35 to $45 on a discount. Victorinox forged 4” paring knife costs about $44 on a discount ($72.10 list price). So, the prices for forged knives of both European rivals are comparable.
Thus, comparison of features, prices and consumers feedback shows that Victorinox knives are very popular among customers in the middle price range.