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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: 5, Touché) by DadaDoofy on Friday May 10, @12:27PM (5 children)

    by DadaDoofy (23827) on Friday May 10, @12:27PM (#1356435)

    Knife control? Are you kidding me? After firearms and knives, suffocation is the third most common form of murder. What's next, authorities going door-to-door amputating peoples' arms?

    I've got an idea. How about we arrest criminals for breaking the laws already on the books against assault, battery, armed robbery, murder, etc., and then actually prosecute them? I know it's a concept that is all but impossible for some people to wrap their heads around.

    And by the way, there are a number of things other than blades on a Swiss Army knife that can kill a person.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by khallow on Friday May 10, @01:22PM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 10, @01:22PM (#1356442) Journal

    How about we arrest criminals for breaking the laws already on the books against assault, battery, armed robbery, murder, etc., and then actually prosecute them?

    This. Murder with knives isn't legal in the first place.

  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Freeman on Friday May 10, @01:33PM (1 child)

    by Freeman (732) on Friday May 10, @01:33PM (#1356444) Journal

    They still have a Corkscrew on it?

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    • (Score: 5, Funny) by janrinok on Friday May 10, @01:53PM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Friday May 10, @01:53PM (#1356447) Journal

      I can't imagine any UK politician outlawing corkscrews - how on earth would they get through their day???

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by optotronic on Saturday May 11, @01:39AM (1 child)

    by optotronic (4285) on Saturday May 11, @01:39AM (#1356510)

    In some cases it may be desirable to prevent a murder even if the murderer can be arrested afterward.

    • (Score: 2) by DadaDoofy on Saturday May 11, @05:09PM

      by DadaDoofy (23827) on Saturday May 11, @05:09PM (#1356561)

      Do we lock everyone in their own cage to prevent any potential murders from occurring? If not, what's to stop people from beating each other to death with their bare hands?