Swiss Army Knife

The Swiss Army Knife is an adventurous instrument, famous for its design and versatility. It has different tool combinations, the most common ones are a blade, can/bottle opener, scissors, screwdrivers, reamer, corkscrew and many more ! For those who are burdened to bring dozens of tools in their bag for their activity, the Swiss Army Knife is the perfect solution to lightened and give more space to the luggage. It is most effective when you have outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, etc.


The Swiss Army Knife was invented by Karl Elsener in Switzerland. He opened a factory in Ibach, Switzerland in 1884 for the manufacture of knives and surgical instruments. The name of his company, “Victorinox” is a combination from his mother’s name, Victoria and inox, the french term of stainless steel.

The first model of the Swiss Army Knife was produced from the demand of the Swiss Army to open canned food and as a rifle maintenance tool. This first model was called Modell 1890.

After 1893, a second industrial cutler, the Wenger Company started selling similar product.  In 1908, the Swiss government splitted the contract with the two companies, each getting half of the orders placed, perhaps to encourage competition nad lowering prices. On 2005, Victorinox acquired Wenger, becoming once again the sole supplier of knives to the Swiss Armed Forces.


There are several different main models. Their model numbers refer to the year of introduction in the military supply chain. Several main models have been revised over time and therefore exist in different executions.

Modell 1890

Modell 1908

Modell 1961

Soldatenmesser 08 (Soldier Knife 08)

Today we can discover plenty other models for a wider clients and not exclusively for the army. The website offers plenty of designs, aimed for different type of activities (sport, hunting, gardening, etc.) and personal tastes (different type of colors, drawings and size). Check them out.

EvaWood 81

My First Victorinox

Bike Tool

Hunter Pro


These wonderful tools are made from stainless steel. If you are searching for this material, Shanghai Metal Corporation is one of the leader in manufacturing this material, used for daily life such as stainless steel cutlery, kitchen sinks and a countless variety of stainless steel products. Visit our website to discover them. If you need further question, our English speaking staff will be glad to help you.


Credits to : Victorinox, Wikipedia
Photos from Google image

Ayu P.//SMC editor

The Best Friend a Camper or Soldier Can Have

You find yourself and your friends camping in the woods, it’s time to eat and you have a can of soup that needs opening, an apple that needs slicing and by the way a small screw just came loose on your tent. What do you do? You pull out your pocket knife of course.

Couples Camping and Roasting Marshmallows

Since the late 1880’s the pocket knife has been quintessential to soldiers everywhere. The now, most reliable and trusted friend of any soldier and camper, was once a potential threat to its own user.

Pocket knife invented by the Romans in 200 A.D


While there were some issues at first, the pocket knife was every soldier’s best friend, and in 1921 with the introduction of Stainless Steel, it became even better. Even thimageough the pocket knife had a very humble beginning as most great inventions due; it was created for practicality and later when separate compartments where introduce-for multiple use. Unfortunately these knifes were prone to rust and corrosion which led to: reduction of lifespan, blade weakening, and inadvertently endangering yourself to a serious accident resulting in tetanus.


The introduction of stainless steel meant that these knives were much more resilient to corrosion and rust as well as lighter than their previous models which were entirely made with carbon steel and brass.imageDue to the reliability of stainless steel, and the versatile use; different compartments would be added in the years to come. This came in handy when soldiers or campers found themselves in different situations and terrains with unknown obstacles heading their way.


Today, the stainless steel pocketknife can be found in all shapes and sizes, even as a key chain-while still packing its multipurpose punch. Thanks to the properties of stainless steel, all this was possible. From the army to our everyday camper and everyone in between, the dependable stainless steel pocketknife is and will always be that, “dependable”.


As Stainless Steel Industry Professional, Shanghai Metal Corporation takes pride in manufacturing products which are used in our daily life such as stainless steel cutlery. SMC manufactures and supplies at the highest quality and most affordable price.

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Mario B.//SMC Editor


Sources: Cool Material, The Art of Manliness


Team Building Exercises – A New Spin

Have you had the chance to go to a team building exercise? They vary worldwide. In Japan one worker described one team building exercise named ‘naked relationships’:

“After showering and washing your hair in a group facility, you sit in the bath (which is a natural hot spring) together and talk and bond. The idea is that when you are naked, everyone is equal and you will feel free to discuss things and joke about things that you wouldn’t in the office setting.”

Another worker recalls  their team building experience,

“We had to go around the room and tell each other what we didn’t like about each other. We might have also had to add what we did like about each other but I honestly only remember the criticisms and the people bursting into tears. We went from simply not being able to work together to actively disliking each other in about 30 minutes. Then we ate a boxed lunch and ended the day by filling out personality tests”

Well next time you could try something a little different – and become an army tank driver. There’s an organization in England that does team building events for corporations where you pretend you’re in the army and drive tanks.


Did you know that the reason why tanks are called “tanks” is because while the British were developing the first tank, they were hiding it underneath tarps and referred to it as a “tank” to maybe confuse the enemy about what this new contraption really was. They were hoping they’d think it was a water tank or some other innocuous device.

By face hardening steel, armies found that the harder face of steel would cause milder steel and iron projectiles to shatter when they struck it. This meant that the steel couldn’t be penetrated easily by a single round.  Even multiple rounds might still shatter, depending on their size. All because of the way the face hardened steel behaved.


Shanghai Metal manufactures the hardened steel used in tanks. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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