Victorinox has come out with a new “refined, redesigned, and re-imagined” collection of Classic Precious Alox Swiss Army Knives that feature a “distinctive, tactile woven pattern”.
Victorinox’s Alox series of Swiss Army Knives feature a milled-type of texture and embossed aluminum handle scales, in contrast to their typical smooth plastic handle scales.
Like the Alox Classis Swiss Army Knives, the new Precious Alox Collection tools feature a compact and minimalist design, equipped with a knife blade, nail file, screwdriver, scissors, and a key ring.
Victorinox says that this design gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Victorinox Classic Precious Alox Collection Colors (2021)
The new style of mini multi-tool is launching with 5 color options:
- Brass Gold
- Gentle Rose
- Infinite Gray
- Iconic Red
- Hazel Brown
Victorinox Classic Precious Alox Swiss Army Knife Specs
- 2.3″ length
- 0.2″ height
- Weighs 0.6 oz
Victorinox Classic Precious Alox Swiss Army Knife Tools & Functions
- Knife blade
- Nail file
- Key ring
Pricing and Availability
At the time of this posting, you can only buy the new Victorinox Precisions Alox series of tools through the brand’s direct storefront.
The “standard” Victorinox Swiss Army Classic knife/multi-tool is priced at ~$24.
$24 is already a premium compared to Victorinox’s plastic-handled tools of similar size and function. I should note that the Alox keychain-sized tools skip the toothpick and mini tweezers that are available in the non-Alox versions.
That’s not to say that Victorinox’s regular Classic small knives aren’t great, because they are, and the brand has introduced new colors and patterns in recent years that make these tools more fun to carry and even collectable.
Victorinox comes out with a new “color of the year” each year, and they have also recently come out with new Alox Classic knives in a rainbow of new regular color options. The new Classic Alox collection tools are priced at $29, and the colors of the year are usually pricier, with the 2021 “tiger orange” tool of this size being priced at $40.
Okay, so the non-Alox tools are $16-20, depending on the color or pattern, the plain silver (natural?) finish Alox tool is ~$24, the new color options are $29, and the “limited edition” color of the year Swiss Army Knife is $40. These new Alex Precious tools are $50 each.
Victorinox describes this new collection of Precious Alox as being “a range for trendsetters, clear thinkers and big dreamers.”
Personally, I think the price jump is a bit too much. If these had anodized titanium handle scales, that would be different, but as far as I can tell, you get the same tools and the same handle material but with the new surface pattern and texture.
If the new colors and almost carbon fiber-like woven pattern texture call to you, I won’t judge.
Some of you might be thinking – why post about this if you think the price is a bit prohibitive for what you get? First, I really like this size and style of Victorinox Swiss Army knife, and heartily recommend the more affordable options. Second, I really like that Victorinox has been coming out with new colors and patterns every year. Third, the new colors and patterns suggest that Victorinox is catering towards a broader audience, and that’s a good thing – and it seems to be working. Too many people have come to treat basic knives and multi-tools as weapons instead of the tools that they are, and brands like Victorinox are helping to normalize things.
If you’ve never used one of these before, check out the more affordable color options, via Amazon. And if you’re new to the lineup, keep in mind that this is Victorinox’s small keychain-sized tool.