Photo courtesy of swiss-image.ch/Photo by Andy Mettler
You may not think of Swiss Army knives as art, but you might after spending time with all the parts and pieces that go into each one at the Wenger Factory. There have long been two official Swiss Army knife brands: Victorinox and Wenger. Those two merged into one after Victorinox bought Wenger in 2005. Wenger, which had been making Swiss Army knives since 1893, found itself struggling after 9/11 when restrictions on carrying the knives in airplane cabins changed the business. The collection that is now manufactured here is named after the Jura Canton capital where the factory is located—Delémont.
A one-hour tour lets you get up close and personal with all those amazing little pieces that make up the knives (they make one at the factory that sells for over 1,000 euros and has every single attachment you can imagine—it’s the Rolls-Royce of Swiss Army knives). You'll see stainless steel turning, polishing, personalized stamping, and attachment attaching and at the end you'll be able to choose your own miniature piece of history to take home—that is, in your checked baggage.
Check out the Art-to-Art Journey through Switzerland, created by Bob Preston of Swiss Panache, on AFAR Journeys.
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