This company was later acquired by its then general manager, Théodore Wenger, and renamed the Wenger Company.
In 1908 the Swiss government, wanting to prevent an issue over regional favouritism, but perhaps wanting a bit of competition in hopes of lowering prices, split the contract with Victorinox and Wenger, each getting half of the orders placed.
They further elaborated that an assortment of items from the Wenger line-up will remain in production under the Victorinox brand name.
In 1893, the Swiss cutlery company Paul Boéchat & Cie, which later became Wenger, received its first contract from the Swiss military to produce model 1890 knives; the two companies split the contract for provision of the knives from 1908 until Victorinox acquired Wenger in 2005.
A cultural icon of Switzerland, the design of the knife and its versatility have both led to worldwide recognition.
He incurred financial losses doing so, as Wester & Co was able to produce the knives at a lower cost.
Elsener was on the verge of bankruptcy when, in 1896, he developed an improved knife, intended for the use by officers, with tools attached on both sides of the handle using a special spring mechanism, allowing him to use the same spring to hold them in place.
The models were never sold in the United States due to lack of safety features.
They used a standard piezoelectric ignition system for easy and quick ignition with adjustable flame, and were designed for operation at altitudes up to 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level and continuous operation of 10 minutes.During the late 1880s, the Swiss Army decided to purchase a new folding pocket knife for their soldiers.This knife was to be suitable for use by the army in opening canned food and disassembling the Swiss service rifle, the Schmidt–Rubin, which required a screwdriver for assembly.During 1961–2005, the pocket knives issued by the Swiss military were produced exclusively by Victorinox and Wenger.On 26 April 2005, Victorinox acquired Wenger, once again becoming the sole supplier of knives to the Military of Switzerland.Also since 2006, the handle of the Swiss Army Knife bears a Victorinox or Wenger "cross" logo or, for Swiss military issue knives, the coat of arms of Switzerland.