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Interview: Carl Elsener, Global CEO of Victorinox

Interview

Carl Elsener, the global CEO of Victorinox, flew in from Switzerland to kick off the store's grand opening. I took this rare opportunity to scope the new location and talk SAKs with Mr. Elsener himself.

In this quick interview below, Mr. Elsener shares what's in his pockets, what model of SAK he swears by, and two incredible stories he's heard over the years of a SAK coming to the rescue. It's been lightly edited for clarity and length.

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Victorinox Cadet Alox

157 people have this

A sturdy compact multi-tool from everyone's favorite Swiss knife company. All stainless steel tools and aluminum handle. Lifetime warranty.

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Have You Carried the Victorinox Manager?

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There’s a common saying in the EDC scene: “two is one, one is none.” It stresses the importance of having backup options in your EDC. Besides the obvious mathematical inaccuracy, it can be confusing the first time you hear it: If you already have a tool in your EDC that serves a purpose, why would you need another one?

Simply put, it’s your “Plan B.” Carrying an extra of something you already have and practicing redundancy in that way does two things. Let’s use a knife for example: if you lose it or if you've used it so much it’s gotten too dull to finish the task in front of you, having a backup knife—even if it’s tiny—still lets you make the cut. Secondly, your backup knife could have a different shape or serve a slightly different purpose, giving you that extra versatility.

But here’s the thing about backups. At the end of the day, they’re still another thing you have to carry! That means more weight and less space in your pockets (not to mention, less cash in your wallet).

Now, what if there were a tool that could serve as a backup for your knife, pen, and multi-tool, without taking up much space at all?

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Victorinox Rangerwood 55

"This elegant EDC from the original Swiss Army Knife maker features a smooth walnut wood handle, and packs 10 functions, including a 4″ blade, corkscrew, screwdrivers, wire stripper, a punch, wood saw, can opener and more…" (via TheAwesomer)

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Victorinox Alox Classic

57 people have this

Brand Name: Victorinox Mfg#: 046928530120Shipping Weight: 0.10 lbsPlease refer to SKU# PRA17429508 when you inquire.This product may be prohibited inbound shipment to your...

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Victorinox Nail Clippers

41 people have this

Victorinox Nail clippers with nail file, stainless
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Victorinox Nail clippers with nail file, stainless...

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Victorinox SwissCard Lite

26 people have this

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Victorinox Officer's Knife

13 people have this

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Victorinox Rescue Tool

8 people have this

Winner of IWA Knife of the Year 2007Developed in close collaboration with rescue and safety servicesCan be operated with gloves and has luminescent handlesIncludes large locking...

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Victorinox Mini Champ

10 people have this

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Flat Screwdriver , Key Ring , Nail File , Scissors , Small Blade , Tweezers
2.28 in / 58 mm
Bottle Opener, Cuticle Pusher, Emergency Blade (Letter...

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Victorinox Spartan Hardwood

5 people have this

Popular 12 Function knife in Hardwood Finish offers Lifetime Warranty
Swiss precision engineering and quality have proven their value around town or expeditions around the...

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Victorinox Swiss Army One Hand Sentinel NS Pocket Knife

6 people have this

Smooth one-hand operation
Slim knife design features four stainless-steel tools
One-handed non-serrated locking blade, key ring, tweezers, toothpick
4 3/8 inches...

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Victorinox Trekker

7 people have this

Only of only three Swiss Army knives to have one-handed serrated locking blade
All knives have rust-free aluminum alloy separators; blades are made of stainless steel

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Victorinox Trailmaster

5 people have this

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Victorinox Spartan Camo

6 people have this

Popular 12 Function Victorinox Swiss Army knife with Lifetime Warranty
Swiss precision engineering and quality have proven their value around town or expeditions around the...

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Victorinox SwissFlash

5 people have this

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Victorinox Rally

6 people have this

Compact Swiss Army pocketknife for on-the-go use
Enclosed in classic red housing made to exacting Victorinox standards
Small blade; nail file with screwdriver
Cap...

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Victorinox Coupler

5 people have this

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Victorinox 241564 Infantry

4 people have this

Swiss made quartz infantry watch with antireflective sapphire crystal
Military inspired dial with date calendar
Swiss-quartz Movement
Case Diameter: 40mm
Water...