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The Mother Of All Swiss-Army Tools Is Ancient

The Mother Of All Swiss-Army Tools Is Ancient


You’re looking at a museum piece. Literally. The thing “was made in Solingen, Germany about 1880 for J. S. Holler & Co.’s cutlery store in New York City. It was used to display the fine craftsmanship available to their customers,” and is now on loan to Cody Firearms Museum up to Fall 2015. It packs 100 “blades”, including “pocket knife blades of every style imaginable, a serrated blade, two dagger blades, several different types of shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, two saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, tuning fork, pens and mechanical pencils, mirror, straight razor, and a functional .22-caliber five-shot pinfire revolver. The one modern convenience it doesn’t seem to have is a bottle opener, but the bottle cap as we know it wasn’t invented until 1892.” No bottle cap opener? The thing is worthless! No but seriously, that’s one badass tool that not only looks impressive even by today’s standards, but also serves to remind us that Swiss-Army-style multitools have been around for a heck of a long time.


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