Like "real-life" usage, our testing included a variety of tasks like cutting apples and cheese and opening packages. Incidentally, note that cutting cardboard is one of the more abrasive routine tasks one can ask of a knife. Cardboard, while appearing soft and innocuous, usually includes many impurities picked up during its construction (dirt from the logging process, metal filings from machinery, etc.). This is the primary reason that those working in environments where cutting cardboard is a daily task use "box cutters" with disposable blades.
To test these knives in more demanding tasks, we cut rope and webbing, carved and whittled wood, and bored holes with the tips of the blades. The tools with more than just a blade were tested in their diverse applications as well. In the interest of full disclosure, note that we did not bash through glass with the tactical knife. We'll take their word for it. Finally, it is worth noting that the lead tester owned the Victorinox knife as a kid. He received the Classic model at a very young age and used it for several years. Like young kids will, he abandoned the Classic until this test.