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posted by janrinok on Friday May 10, @01:51AM   Printer-friendly

The next Swiss Army Knife won't have a knife:

The Swiss Army Knife has become such a shorthand for multifunctionality that companies producing does-a-lot-of-stuff wares will often say that their goods are the "Swiss Army Knife" of whatever category they're a part of. You can use the tool to cut stuff, snip stuff, uncork stuff, file stuff, in some cases download stuff.

But Victorinox, the company behind the famous gadget, is working on a Swiss Army Knife without the knife part.

"We are in the early stages of developing pocket tools without blades," a spokesperson for the company told CNN. Though it won't be discontinuing its bladed version, the company has been trying to figure out how to serve customers in places — specifically England and some Asian countries — where knives aren't as welcome a pocket sight than in other markets. The British government, for example, is considering new legislation on carrying blades in public.

The Swiss Army Knife has its roots in 1880s Germany. Then the Swiss Karl Elsener took production over the border. Soon a competitor emerged in the company Wenger, and for a while the Swiss government split its orders for the tools between the two of them. Wenger called its version the "genuine" Swiss Army Knife, and Elsener's Victorinox called its version the "original." The two companies ended up merging in 2005.

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 10, @02:40AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 10, @02:40AM (#1356400)

    Looking forward to seeing this new product. I normally carry a "Mini Champ" which is the same length as the little knife & scissors manicure version, but is thicker with a number of extra tools including flat & Phillips screwdrivers, bottle opener and others.

    Of course, I can't carry this on airplanes anymore, so feel a bit naked when traveling. Without the blade (which I don't use all that often), perhaps this new version will be OK with the stupid TSA?

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  • (Score: 2) by Mykl on Sunday May 12, @11:01PM

    by Mykl (1112) on Sunday May 12, @11:01PM (#1356718)

    Without the blade (which I don't use all that often), perhaps this new version will be OK with the stupid TSA?

    According to the Magic 8-ball - "Outlook not so good"