The world’s first Swiss Army knife, which was made over 1,800 years before its modern counterpart, has been revealed excavated from the Mediterranean area. An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200 AD, it’s made from silver but has an iron blade.
Presently on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, as part of a collection of Greek and Roman artifacts, the Roman Swiss Knife is made of silver that like its modern counterpart integrates except an iron blade, a spoon, a fork and a retractable spike, possibly to snag snails out of their shells, together with spatula and small toothpick.
Moreover, all the tools fold into the handle, which keeps it safe as well as compact for easy transportation. The 3” x 6” (8cm x 15cm) knife, though small, is yet another example of the knack and ascendancy of the Great Roman Empire. [Gizmodo and DailyMail]