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Rob Ryan and Victorinox

14 October 2011

Last night Victorinox held an event with the wonderful British artist Rob Ryan to celebrate 'Modern Art Cutting' and the launch of the new Tomo design, which is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Victorinox Swiss Army knife.


The Tomo (the Japanese word for companion) was created after Victorinox worked with designer Kazuma Yamaguchi and the collaboration merged Japanese design aesthetics with Swiss precision.

‘Modern Art Cutting’ is Victorinox’s take on Kirigami, the ancient, intricate Japanese art of paper cutting and the brand asked King of Papercut Rob Ryan to create a range of designs for fans to craft themselves using Swiss Army knives.

Rob Ryan's beautiful A1 artwork

There are three original stencil designs to download and master with the help of Rob's masterclass film which demonstrates the best ways to use the Victorinox Tomo as a creative tool, including tips for achieving the high levels of detailing.


Rob Ryan explains his inspiration: “The Swiss Army Knife is an almost perfect thing – the variety of tools, along with the ingenuity of design, is fantastic. What I find really inspiring, though, is the thought that these simple little tools accompany people along the journey of their lives, sitting there in their pockets all the years through, always ready and waiting to help. I like the idea of a father handing down the knife that his father gave to him when he was a young boy to his young daughter or son, and how this cycle continues down through generations. I see these tools as useful & helpful things that as such help people to help other people.”

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