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swiss knives

hi.

we will be in Switzerland aug 10 - 15. does anyone know how much swiss knives cost? just for budgeting purposes. I have tons of nephews and am thinking of buying for them. and where are they the least costly?

thanks.
Olivia

Posted by
9110 posts

Victorinox?

and where are they the least costly?

In the regular United States of America.

Posted by
419 posts

There are all kinds of Swiss Army knives from the simplest one-blade to the many-blade, scissors, corkscrew. awl, bottle opener, etc., etc.
The cost will depend on the type of knife you choose.

Posted by
3319 posts

My son bought himself a very nice Victorinox (Wenger) when we were there last summer...he bought a multi-tool knife with a natural wood casing. He paid about $140 for it. There are some that are much less expensive and much more expensive. If you don't want to pay too much, they sell inexpensive smaller versions that are perfect for smaller kids. It all depends on your budget! Keep in mind that when you return home you'll need to put them into your checked luggage or they will be taken away at the airport security line!

Posted by
6076 posts

Olivia what Ed said is true: you will find same brands in the US, much less expensive than in Switzerland. What you will see there, however, are more varieties and combinations of tools than you will see here. Seems like on every block there, there are at least half a dozen places selling them, and it seemed to me, all at the same price.

Posted by
8889 posts

As the previous poster says, there are all sorts of knives at all sorts of prices. Some sample prices:

The smallest knives, which can be put on a keyring with our keys, cost CHF 14.

The actual "Soldatenmesser", the one they currently issue to soldiers costs CHF 44. This is not red!

Most are in the range CHF 30 to CHF 60.

Posted by
204 posts

wow. too expensive when talking about 15 nephews.

thanks.
Olivia

Posted by
795 posts

You could always try the Swiss Potato peeler.... Your nephews would learn a useful skill as well :-)

Posted by
177 posts

You can buy the Victorinox Swiss Army Pioneer Pocket Knife which was the standard issued knife for the Swiss military until 2008. It is very simple but cleverly designed to service the stgw. 57 rifle issued to Swiss soldiers. It is around $30 online.

Posted by
39 posts

15 Nephews?! Wow...you're braver than I am, I'm not sure I would arm 15 boys with pocket knives. ;-)

Posted by
3843 posts

Hi Olivia,

Amazon has the classic types for $13-15. There's also a variety of colors - blue, green, pink etc. in the $20 range. You wouldn't need to check a suitcase.