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Spotlight: Victorinox Spartan

When you think of a Swiss pocket knife, you think of Victorinox. The Spartan is an iconic pocket knife of this brand. It's a popular model because of its compact size. In fact, it is thinner than the well-known Victorinox Huntsman because it doesn't have as many tools. Curious to learn more about this classic Victorinox knife? In this spotlight we will discuss the Victorinox Spartan!

History of Victorinox

Victorinox is rooted in Switzerland where it started a knife forgery in 1884. They started supplying knives to the Swiss army, which led to the iconic collaboration between the company and the Swiss army. The result was the recognizable and praised Victorinox Spartan.

The Spartan

The Victorinox Spartan is an iconic pocket knife. It is still so popular today because of its proven reliability and versatility. Throughout the years the pocket knife evolved in cooperation with the Swiss army. It also adheres to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, campers and adventurers. It contains most essential tools which are common for a Swiss pocket knife, all made from stainless steel, stored in a compact casing. It might not have as many tools as other Victorinox pocket knives, but that is exactly why this pocket knife is a popular choice for those who don't need that many tools.

Characterizing features

With its 12 tools, the Victorinox Spartan is there to help you with any task.

Large blade

The knife is razor-sharp and has a cutting edge of no less than 6 cm. The blade is made of stainless steel, making it ideally suited for peeling fruit or cutting food. It's also excellent for opening letters or packaging.

Small blade

A smaller blade to carry out precise and delicate cutting tasks, for which you would prefer a slimmer blade. For example, cutting out a picture. Also, it's nice to keep the small blade sharp and use the larger blade for heavy-duty tasks.


An elegantly shaped corkscrew to get that delicious bottle of wine open, at the campsite or at home.

Large screwdriver

To tighten large screws, like the ones on a tripod or a foldable chair. You can also use the large screwdriver to pry open the lid of a can of paint, or to scratch a sticker off a surface.

Bottle opener

To open a nice cold drink on a warm day.

Wire stripper

A tool for stripping wires, such as electrical wire. It is incorporated into the large screwdriver next to the bottle opener.

Can opener

Great when you are camping and you're having trouble opening your can of beans.

Small screwdriver

To tighten small screws with a philips or flat head.


Great when piercing through, or making holes in different materials. For example, when you want to make an extra hole in an ill-fitting belt, or when you want to thread a piece of rope through a homemade walking stick, and need to drill a hole to do so.

Tooth pick

A small and practical integrated tooth pick. In indispensable tool for many Victorinox fans.


Tweezers for removing splinters or other precision tasks.


A key ring for hanging the Spartan on a keychain or for attaching a lanyard or a keychain flashlight, for example.

Victorinox Spartan: lightweight and compact

In short: the Victorinox Spartan is a nicely lightweight and compact Swiss pocket knife. Ideal for those looking for more functions than a standard single-blade pocket knife, but who still want a more compact option than the Huntsman or even a SwissChamp.