Knife, Swiss Army

A Swiss Army knife. (Courtesy of Victorinox)
Photo: Courtesy of Victorinox

The world’s first consumer multitool, designed by cutler Karl Elsener with two blades, a screwdriver, and a can opener. It was first distributed to Swiss soldiers in 1891. Thirty years later, Elsener branded his company Victorinox, combining the name of his late mother, Victoria, with inoxydable, French for “stainless” (as in stainless steel). Later versions have featured an altimeter, an alarm clock, and a USB flash drive.

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