FELCO 2 - an icon since 1948
Seventy-five years of passion and precision. It is a milestone worth celebrating as we pay tribute to the FELCO 2, an enduring icon since 1948. Before we embark on a journey through its remarkable history, let's reflect on this auspicious occasion. For three-quarters of a century, the FELCO 2 has been the cherished companion of professionals and enthusiasts worldwide, epitomizing precision, reliability, and timeless design.
A Revolutionary Beginning
In 1945, a pioneering journey took flight with a young visionary entrepreneur named Félix Flisch. Armed with boundless ambition and resourcefulness, he acquired a disused watch dial factory in Les Geneveys-sur-Coffrane, a serene village cradled in the heart of the watch valley. His vision: craft unparalleled pruning shears. This marked the inception of FELCO, a venture that would alter the landscape of horticultural tools forever.
In 1948, the FELCO 2 was launched captivating millions worldwide with its revolutionary design.
That was the birth of a timeless icon that brought a new dimension to pruning, with more than 18.9 million pieces produced to date. Quality, precision and durability are at the core of the FELCO 2 philosophy. A reliable and durable workmate that has been handed down through generations.
A Sustainable Commitment
At the heart of FELCO's enduring success though, lies a commitment to sustainability, reparability and responsibility. FELCO is powered by renewable energy, and we recycle nearly all our waste, our pruning shears are made of 50% recycled materials, in sync with our philosophy of offering replaceable and reparable components that epitomize durability and longevity, deeply woven into the fabric of our company.
“Just when everybody else was succumbing to the trends of consumerism while ignoring the actual needs of users, we emerged in a class of our own”. - Félix Flisch, 1987
Our journey wouldn't be complete without the voices of our cherished #FELCOlovers—our users from around the world. Here's what they have to say about the FELCO 2:
“ I have had my FELCO 2 since I inherited it from my grandpa who also loved to garden. So it has been with me and my family for a long time. I love it because it is of good quality and if something breaks, I can just buy the spare parts and repair it. So it is great for me and the environment. “
Anna, gardener, Netherlands
“ My FELCO 2 is almost 30 years old. I inherited it from the friend who taught me the art of gardening, who unfortunately passed away 5 years ago. Since then, it has become my only trusted pruning shear. My FELCO 2 is not only a pruning shear, but it’s a symbol that keeps alive the memory of a friend.”
Tommy, gardener, Italy
“ My tool of choice is the iconic FELCO 2. It’s not just a tool; it's an extension of my hand, ergonomically comfortable and perfectly balanced. I like being able to change the blade and replace the spring every few years. I sharpen and clean them every spring and fall to keep them in the best condition. I have a pair that I leave in my car and another one always handy in my holster while I am working. I also have another one that I particularly care about because I inherited it from my father.”
Jane, horticulturist, Canada
“ My favorite tool of the trade is almost 70 years old. It is one of the first FELCO 2s that I received from my father when I was 14 years old, which he in turn inherited from my grandfather. Our three sons are also vintners and wine enthusiasts, all of whom received a special Felco model when they passed the vintner training course. FELCO for us is not just a pruning shear but represents a symbol that binds our generations together.”
Marco, Vineyard owner, Germany
A Trailblazing Manufacturing Process
Innovation is the cornerstone of our journey. While the design of the FELCO 2 remains timeless (awarded by the Swiss Design Awards in 2018), our commitment to manufacturing progress is unwavering. Our dedication to pushing the boundaries is not in changing what works, but in perfecting it. Our innovative process is a continuous evolution of materials and production methods, ensuring that the FELCO 2 remains an emblem of precision and excellence. Crafted with precision, the FELCO 2 undergoes a meticulously orchestrated process, including over fifty steps, hand assembly, and rigorous quality controls for every pair.
You can discover the full manufacturing process here.
Words from the co-owners of FELCO
Christelle Francis-Flisch, granddaughter of Félix Flisch and Chairman of Flisch Holding and Nabil Francis, CEO of FELCO look back at the incredible journey realized so far.
Christelle Francis-Flisch "As the granddaughter of Félix Flisch, I'm immensely proud of our heritage. The FELCO 2 is a testament to his vision, and we are dedicated to preserving it for generations to come. It's not just a tool; it's a family legacy."
Nabil Francis "For over seven decades, FELCO has been humbled by the trust bestowed upon us. Our relentless pursuit of excellence continues, driven by the commitment to our users. The FELCO 2 is not just a product; it’s an icon."
Join us in celebrating 75 years of unwavering excellence and innovation, and thank you for being a part of our extraordinary voyage.