Best Swiss Army Knife for Foodies

Best Swiss Army Knife for Foodies

Nigel Cox
Nigel Cox
If there’s one essential travel accessory for food lovers everywhere, it’s the Victorinox Swiss Army knife.

Trekking along an alpine trail with a picnic basket is the sort of adventure that calls for our favorite field tool: a cherry-red Victorinox Swiss Army knife. Still produced at the company’s workshop in Ibach, Switzerland, over the past 115 years the original ebony-handled Soldier’s Knife, with its folding can opener for prying lids off tinned rations, has evolved into a souped-up gadget—nowadays it can come fully loaded with an altimeter, barometer, mini LED light, or even a removable flash drive. But it’s the Explorer model that we’re most likely to pocket before embarking on culinary escapades. Why? Along with two stainless-steel blades sharp enough to cut through a block of Gruyère, this version has both a bottle opener and a corkscrew to pop open a chilled Grüner Veltliner. Now that’s worth yodeling about. (Victorinox Swiss Army Explorer knife with magnifying glass and stainless-steel blades, $48; swissarmy.com.)

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