Victorinox has a very long tradition of manufacturing pocket knives for gardeners and related professions. Victorinox developed two different series with similar tools but different structures. One was the garden knife series numbers 284 – 295, a pocket knife series measuring 91 mm. The other series were pocket knives numbered 462 to 475, a series in the original size of 104 mm, later 100 mm. In addition to the size, the two series can also be distinguished by the shape of the handle. The smaller series had a slightly curved handle, while the larger series had a straight, symmetrical scale shape. Another distinguishing feature was the materials used for the scales. For the 100/104 mm series, black Cellidor was used almost exclusively, while the scales of the smaller series of garden knives were made of horn or fiber.
The series of numbers 462 - 475 goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when this series of pocket knives was developed by Victorinox. Originally only a few models were available. However, this was constantly changing. This series is still in production, although only a few models are still available and the size has been reduced. There were 4 subcategories within this pocket knife series, the 1-blade garden knife, the 1-blade + bark remover garden knife, the 2-blade garden knife and the 2-blade + bark remover garden knife. The different variants of the garden knives were designed from 6 different cutting blades and a bark remover. Each of the individual cutting blades had a specific function. As a rule, this involves the 2 main processes for grafting plants, budding and copulation.
In this series of garden knives, the individual blades were each stamped with a specific designation/numbering, eg the designation "462/10.5". However, the numbering of this series is very complicated and sometimes confusing because there have been various changes. From the 1950s, however, simpler numbering prevailed. The 1-blade pocket knife was given the number of the blade (e.g. no. 471). If a bark remover was added, the suffix "S" was chosen, e.g. No. 471 S. If it was a 2-blade garden knife, the last 2 digits of the second blade were chosen and written (e.g. No. 471/75), with the 2-blade + bark remover garden knife consequently an S (e.g. No. 471/76 S). The series was also available with a choice of carbon steel or stainless steel tools, although these options were probably not available until the 1950s.