The Swiss cutler Karl Elsener founded the Company Victorinox in 1884. He spent his time as a journeyman in Paris and in southern Germany. 1891 the Swiss cutler Association was founded on his initiative. The first product was a soldier's knife for the Swiss Army. This knife was a tool while eating and offered tools for the maintenance of guns. In 1897 the Swiss Officer's and Sport Knife was protected by law. This model later became known as the Original Swiss Army Knife worldwide. The Swiss Army Knife has evolved continuously and is now available in over 100 different designs.