An Absurd Swiss Army-Type Knife from 1880

October 03, 2013

We recently visited the Swiss Army Knife factory and saw their collection of vintage knives. We have also seen the ridiculousness that is the Wenger 16999. This "multi-tool' though tops them all. Created by John S. Holler in Germany around 1880, the knife has 100 functions including shears, an auger, saws, a lancet, cigar cutter, pens, straight razor and piano tuner. And yes, that is a fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver you see there. (via)

Photo: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. Catalog Number 1986.0101.03