In the 1800’s, the Industrial Revolution may have modernized the German economy but there’s one thing that we must point out in regards to the country’s history of that era. This badass creation, a German swiss army knife which held 100 tools including a built-in gun! Whether you’re a weaponry nut or not, you can’t help but marvel at this insane yet handy piece of equipment.
Complete with, but not limited to a pinfire revolver, scissors, dagger blades, button hook, two saws, auger, corkscrew, lancet, cigar cutter, tuning fork, straight razor, writing implements and even a mirror, the tortoiseshell handle even opens up to reveal two compartments with an array of even smaller tools. The only thing it doesn’t seem to have is a handshake to remind you how awesome you are for owning it.
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If you’re already getting the idea of putting this on your Christmas list, hold up. Apparently there’s only one of these bad boys in circulation and it belongs to the Smithsonian because of course it does. More have been said to exist, but good luck finding them.
This knife actually predates the Swiss Army Knife as we know it by 11 years, measuring 3.5 inches wide by 9 inches long. They were in fact so difficult to make, they really weren’t created to be used on a day to day basis, but mainly to be shown at fairs during the 19th century. Makes total sense. If you need one of these tools in any moderate hurry, it’d probably take you some time to find the right one…if you could find the right one.