Victorinox unveils Swiss Army knife with an LCD and 1TB of storage

By on January 23, 2012, 6:00 PM

Victorinox has a knack for making Swiss Army knives even cooler by adding features for the modern-day utilitarian, such as flash storage. Looking back nearly two years, the company outfitted one of its multi-purpose knives with an "unhackable" drive that featured 256 AES encryption and a thermal fingerprint reader.

If someone tried their luck at penetrating its security, the device's tamper-proof design burned the memory chip to prevent data theft. The company unveiled some of its newer designs at CES 2012 and although we haven't caught wind of an upgraded self-destructing model, at least one unit is worthy of mention.

Simply called "SSD," the device spans all the way up to 1TB, providing hard drive-like capacities in what seems to be a conventional USB flash drive package (we having seen dimensions, but the knife serves as a point of reference). There are also 64, 128 and 256GB iterations, all of which connect via USB/eSATA 3.0.

"Carry your files, (like, all of your files) in your pocket, (just to be clear, we’re talking about every word document, presentation, song, funny cat photo, last year's taxes, a movie, or two, or fifty, and whatever else.) Take it all with you -- the SSD securely stores and transports up to 1 terabyte of data," the Swiss firm boasts.

While it may not be able to vaporize its memory on the first sign of intrusion, the SSD offers solid security courtesy of the preloaded 256 AES combination hardware and software encryption. The preinstalled Victorinox Secure suite also features automatic backups, file synchronization and a password manager.

Interestingly, the drive has a 96x48 monochrome LCD that lets you see its contents and available capacity -- something unavailable elsewhere, the company says. Performance is rated at a darn respectable 220MB/s reads and 150MB/s writes, which is about as fast as you'll find from most high-end USB 3.0 drives.

Each drive ships with two interchangeable bodies: a black one with no blades and a red one with a knife, scissors, a nail file/cleaner and a screwdriver. The black housing is mostly intended for hassle-free air travel. And the moment you've been waiting for... pricing ranges from $400 to $3,000 depending on the model.

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H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Seen this on CES video by Swifty, very handy and awesome! But wait, if you drop it I wonder if it would sustain the shock or screw up =/

Still pricey $400 probably for like 100GB or so and then $3000 for 1TB :X Still nice!

MrAnderson said:

Yikes... to easy to loose $3,000 worth of tech... and a large sum of data that could be worth even more... awesome, but still too rich for my blood. SSDs really need to come down in price...seriously.

Cota Cota said:

Just posting some numbers...

If their TB is the standard "1000" based system (wich is wrong) instead of using the 1024 (wich is correct due to.. well Binary based PC's).

At the medium speed of these kind of USB flash drives it will take you two and a half days to full this Device, LOL. Just because they are USB 3.0 doesnt means they actually can write fast.

Guest said:

Please read before posting, 150MBs on writing speed, gives you 1.8 hours to full the device.

Considering the huge amount of data 1Tb is, it's a big deal imo.

Guest said:

My next usb flash :)

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:


I want a lighter and knife built into a cell phone.

Then I will be impressed.



amstech said:


I want a lighter and knife built into a cell phone.

Then I will be impressed.


that would be cool...

Guest said:

"Give me your phone or ill stab you"

"No ***** ill stab YOU with my PHONE"

Trev96 Trev96 said:

Considering that they've made 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB versions (instead of 60, 120, and 240 respectively), one would assume that the 1TB iteration would in fact be 1024GB, not 1000GB

Guest said:

This device operates with Zero moving parts (aside from the typical swiss army knife tools). Because of this, it will survive a drop or fall and will not screw up unless it has been exposed to water or an overvoltage.

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