How the Swiss Army knife factory makes 45,000 pocket knives per day

Business Insider | 9/5/2019 | Ju Shardlow, Charlie Floyd
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You've probably used one, or know of the iconic shape. After all, 10 million of these pocket knives are produced annually. But how does one factory produce 45,000 each day, and in such a precise manner?

The Swiss Army knives has been around for nearly 130 years. It was originally delivered to the Swiss Army by Karl Elsener in 1891. The knives are now produced by Victorinox, Europe's largest knife manufacturer. The company was founded in 1884.

Factory - Ibach - Switzerland - Variety - Knives

The main factory in Ibach, Switzerland, produces a variety of knives, designed to offer versatility and compactness. Here, it takes around 5minutes to produce a pocket knife depending on the model. There are 400 different models.

The basis of the knife is 85% iron, along with 13% chromium and a small trace of other metals.

Tonnes - Steel - Factory - Year - Rolls

2,400 metric tonnes of steel are imported to the factory each year. From these rolls, knife blades are stamped to 2 millimeters thick. This requires 50 metric tonnes of pressure. Each roll can make 16,000 blades.

Various tools require various...
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