It consists of twenty-six models, one for each of the Cantons. The first model was released in 1998 and the final one in 2018.
Each edition comes in a beautiful rosewood box.
A certificate, signed by Carl Elsener and the designer of each of the knives, guarantees the limited quantity of each knife.
All of the models are Climbers and bear rosewood scales.
However, due to the wooden scales, they do not include the tweezers, toothpick, or keyring, which are standard on the regular Climber.
Each edition is limited to one hundred pieces and has a serial number stamped on the liner behind the corkscrew in the n/100 format.
All of these editions carry an etching on the blade’s front. The etching consists of an entwined pattern with the canton’s coat of arms in the middle. The blade’s reverse side is not etched. A family shot of some blades is here.
The rosewood front scale bears a stunning, delicate, coloured wood marquetry inlaid pattern. On some of the editions the reverse scales also carry the same marquetry. The Victorinox logo is printed on editions that do not have the reverse marquetry. A family shot of some of the early marquetry models is here.
In 2006 Victorinox replaced the blade etching with blade carving. The entwined pattern is laser cut completely through the blade and therefore the pattern is also visible on blade’s reverse side. The canton’s coat of arms is still etched on the front of the blade and the Victorinox logo is etched on the reverse.
The rosewood scales have a coloured print, replacing the marquetry. The print is usually only on the front scale.
The Victorinox logo is missing on the blade’s reverse side and the space is blank. Possibly a manufacturing or design error, or omission?
The canton’s coat of arms is etched on both sides of the blade. The laser cutting of the rounded lines is a tiny bit wider; the cutting of the cross and arrow shapes are a tiny bit narrower. This results in a more balanced overall look.
The edition order is the order in which the Cantons joined the Swiss Confederation. Joining year is written in brackets.
To see a photographic image of the blade click on the blade diagrams
Basel Stadt (1501)
Basel Land (1501)
Appenzell Innerrhoden (1513)
Appenzell Ausserrhoden (1513)
St. Gallen (1803)
Valais / Wallis (1815)
With thanks to Marsax from http://www.swissknives.info for most of the images and text on this page.