Swiss Army Knife circa. 200 AD

The Daily Mail reports on this nifty Ancient Roman gadget …

The world’s first Swiss Army knife’ has been revealed – made 1,800 years before its modern counterpart.

An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD, it is made from silver but has an iron blade.

It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick.

[ Many thanks to Pavao for emailing me the link. ]



Steve Johnson

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  • Jim

    Dude, it’s the Daily Mail. 10-1 odds that it’s fake or wrong.

  • Martin

    Wow, that article ran ages ago. Still a neat bit of ingenuity. Is is any wonder they had such an empire.

  • Greetings from Falls County,
    This is amazing. This sort of thing is what makes history (and The Firearm Blog) fun.

  • me

    WOW, Im wondering how much that cost back in the day! Probably a big investment for who ever bought one.

  • Mountainbear

    The fork puts me a bit off. The fork is a relatively young eating tool in Europe. Knife and hands was usually enough.