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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: 2) by pvanhoof on Sunday May 12, @12:04PM

    by pvanhoof (4638) on Sunday May 12, @12:04PM (#1356645) Homepage

    Being or having been a Scuba Diver we use Dive Line cutters far more often than actual knifes. At least the divers who care about diving as safe and correct as possible and who don't want to look like Rambo underwater. []

    Big Rambo knifes underwater make no sense and and just dangerous to yourself, the fish and also other divers. But most importantly the fish: that you kill yourself and other divers sometimes provides fatty food for the underwater life. Not always but sometimes that becomes a useful source of nutrients. But human idiots with Rambo knifes underwater tend to use them to stab with it at beautiful important creatures.

    For putting butter on a piece of bread somewhere in the mountains in Switzerland you can also best use a non-sharp knife. For cutting tree branches you need a saw. And finally for chasing off other tourists you need a gun.

    So yeah. No need for the knife/blade component in the Swiss Army Knife.

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