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A selection of some of the best swiss made products
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Victorinox: Damascus Limited Edition 2012 Army Knife

Victorinox: Damascus Limited Edition 2012 Army Knife | Best Swiss Made Products | Scoop.it

Victorinox is a brand/company that doesn't really need an introduction: it is world famous, not in the least because of the most iconic of Swiss creations: the Swiss Army Knife. Founded in 1884 by Mr Karl Elsener, the company has delivered knifes to the Swiss Army since 1891. Based in Ibach in the Canton of Schwyz, it was named in honour of the mother (Victoria) of Mr Elsener as of her death in 1909, and with the introduction of stainless steel (''inox'' in French), in 1921, it was renamed into its present name, Victorinox.  


In 2005, Victorinox acquired competitor Wenger, the other producer of Swiss Army knives since 1908, and as such, Victorinox became the sole supplier to the Swiss Army once again. No doubt we will showcase many products of Victorinox and Wenger in this blog. We start however with a very recent product of Victorinox, available since August of this year: the Damascus Limited Edition 2012, an elegant but sophisticated collector's knife with a Swiss walnut handle and ultra strong Damascus steel blade, of which only 5,000 will be available world wide, and with its serial number engraved. 


For full details and specifications, we refer to the product's page on Victorinox.com. At the time of writing, Damascus Limited Edition 2012 sells for around 400 USD. Victorinox is a member of the Swiss Label association.


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One of Switzerland's best beers: ''L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien''

One of Switzerland's best beers: ''L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien'' | Best Swiss Made Products | Scoop.it

 

WT says: What better way is there to kick start this blog than to sip from a glass of fine, swiss, barrel-aged beer?  

 

L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is the flagship beer brewed by Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes, a very succesful, innovative microbrewery based in Saignelégier, Canton of Jura. Mr. Jérome Rebetez, owner and founder of the brewery, holds a bachelor's degree in enology and has won several awards, his first ones allowing him to fund the startup of his brewery.

 

L'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien was voted Number 1 Barrel-Aged Beer by the New York Times back in 2009. It holds 11 %  alcohol per volume. On ratebeer.com (ratings based on 51 registered readers' reviews) scores, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2011 receives a very respectable overal score of 98.35 / 100. This means an uncontested 1st place among all swiss beers.

 

Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is special in that it has been aged in oak barrels (normal for wine or wiskey, but quite unusual for beer). For a beer, Abbaye doesn't come cheap: 18 CHF in Switzerland, but possibly up to double that price outside Switzerland, depending on shipping requirements and destinations.  A pleasant, fruity, lovely beer, appreciated by virtually all beer connoisseurs over the world.

 

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