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Swiss Army knife

Multifunction pocket knife or tool set.

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My littlest best friend.

  • Jan 5, 2009
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I take my Swiss Army knife every time I go hiking, visit a national park, or spend an extended period away from home. It has every tool I could ever possibly want, from a knife and a mini saw, to a small set of tweezers and a cork remover!

At some point, I have used each tool on my knife. I remember using the saw to cut off a small branch that had a lot of berries on it, and using the cork remover to open a bottle of wine on a remote Sonoma coast beach. The knife itself is the perfect size, about 3" X 0.5" X 0.5" and fits well into my pocket, hand, glove compartment, pack, or whatever. Plus, pulling out each tool is really easy; each part has a small part for your fingernail so you can just "pop" it out.

My favorite features of the knife are:
  • Size: Most Swiss Army knives fit into your hand and don't use much space wherever they are, from your pocket to your back pack. Some can get bulky, but even the smallest models are still useful and efficient.
  • The main blade: Large enough to perform complex tasks, sharp enough to slide through paper in one swoop, and compact enough to fit snugly (and safely!) in the set.
  • The cork remover & bottle opener: These two tools are perhaps the most useful when you've forgotten some essential tools on a picnic or when camping.
In addition to being the perfect toolset, they aren't terribly expensive to purchase, despite being widely popular. You can select from a wide range of models, sizes, and specifications, giving you the option of spending anywhere from $10 to $100 on one. I think the one I got was $25 at the time.

On a side note, while selecting the knife model I wanted, I accidentally cut myself on the main blade. The store basically made me purchase that particular one, but luckily, it was the one I was planning to buy. So literally, my Swiss Army knife, that which I've had for over 6 years now, has a part of me in it! 

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A Swiss Army knife is a pocket-sized knife or tool set used by the Army of Switzerland. The term "Swiss Army" is currently registered by the Wenger company, which was acquired by Victorinox, its Swiss Army knife manufacturing competitor.

The design and model for the knife originated in the city of Ibach, Schwyz in Switzerland in 1897. Since then, models have grown to include one or several blades, screwdrivers, blades, can and bottle openers, and other tools. Until 2005, two companies, Wenger and Victorinox, manufactured the knives. Today, the knives are popular among those who enjoy the outdoors and those who work at home.
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