I’ve always said Swiss Army knives should be red, and I’ve defended that position with vigor — until I got a look at the rosewood-handled Swisschamp, new for this year’s Victorinox lineup.
In the classic Swiss Army tradition, the Swisschamp sports 30+ tools on one knife, everything from a magnifying glass to a fish scaler. But the Swiss Army folks have taken it in an interesting new direction with the rosewood handle. They normally shy away from exotic handles, with the exception of a few far-fetched models here and there — it’s been a while since they’ve offered a nice hardwood handle.
Sure, it’s $100 a pop, but we hope this is the first sign of more wood-handled knives to come, and not just a one-off they produce a few hundred of and then toss into obscurity.