Bring out your old Swiss Army Knife !

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Ron Goldstein, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Seeing an article in today's Times about the famous Swiss Army Knife reminded me of my own version of this wonderful "tool".

    I've owned my version (see below) for many years but, because of modern day airport security, it doesn't travel abroad any more.

    The article said:
    Victorinox, the maker of the Swiss Army Knife, is returning to its roots by focusing on supplying knives to armies.
    The company, which supplied the original knife to the Swiss Army in 1891, has produced a prototype, built according to specifications supplied by the Indian Army, that it hopes will lead to an order to supply the 1.3 million-strong force.
    Constructed from matte-black steel, it contains 12 tools, many of which perform two or three functions. The Indian Army, which has to operate from the freezing peaks of the Himalayas to the deserts of Rajasthan, insisted on two: a saw to cut metal and a marlinspike, used to untangle knots.

    See the whole article here:

    India may hand Swiss Army Knife to its 1.3m troops - Times Online
     

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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I used to have one when I was in the Army Cadets- Long gone now though. When I joined the Signals I bought a Leatherman which had copious amounts of use and its service carried over into the Police with me even though they are technically illegal lots of coppers carry them.

    I carry Scissors know :lol:
     
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    I used to have one when I was in the Army Cadets- Long gone now though. When I joined the Signals I bought a Leatherman which had copious amounts of use and its service carried over into the Police with me even though they are technically illegal lots of coppers carry them.

    I carry Scissors know :lol:

    Andy,

    I always carried a swiss army Knife, mine still has a handcuff key
    attached:).

    Only a blade over two inches on this kind of knife I believe is illigal and mine is just under.

    Or has the law changed over the last few years in the UK?

    I recall visiting Goa in India years ago and the security officer wanted to keep my Swiss Army knife, talk about bribery and corruption, I thought I would be refused entry on the return flight.
    He calmed down when I told him that I liked it too much to part with.
    The Police warrant card ID also helped:D

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Its 3" at the mo Tom and the main problem with the Leatherman Multi Tool is the blade locks making it a 'Lock Knife'.

    You are not along there....Flying out of Brize Norton and Lyneham in uniform with rifle etc onto operations you have to put anything like that in your main luggage. I think the RAF are worried a squaddie may try and hijack a Hercules or Tristar :lol:
     
  5. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    yep
    im sure we all have a Swiss Army knife

    part and parcel of growing up me thinks

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    Wenger Swiss Army Giant Knife by Wenger
    Buy new: £550.00 £515.00







    PS:dont forget the small led light on the keyring that has a range of 2 miles:lol:
     
  6. Rob Dickers

    Rob Dickers 10th MEDIUM REGT RA

    :huh:
    Watch out! In the 60's a lot of fake copy ones came in from China. complete with the cross. The red handle was lighter in colour and made of cheaper plastic.
    I know I bought one, rubbish!
    RON - bought it daan the lane.
    Rob
     
  7. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    yep
    im sure we all have a Swiss Army knife

    part and parcel of growing up me thinks

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    Wenger Swiss Army Giant Knife by Wenger
    Buy new: £550.00 £515.00







    PS:dont forget the small led light on the keyring that has a range of 2 miles:lol:

    The largest Swiss Army Knife in the world. 85 gadgets with 109 features. Weighs 2lb 11oz.
    • 10 mm detachable hexagonal wrench - Screwdriver - Spoke key (3.3 mm and 3.5 mm) openings - Extension lever
    • All-purpose wrench (exclusivity)
    • Bit holder
    • Blade with blunt point
    • Can opener
    • Case opener
    • Chain rivet setter
    • Cigar cutter (patented)
    • Club face cleaner (exclusivity)
    • Combination tool : Screwdriver with safety lock system (exclusivity) - Can opener - Cap lifter
    • Corkscrew
    • Curved hexagonal key
    • Detachable marker
    • Fish scaler - Fish disgorger - Lineguide
    • Flat Phillips screwdriver
    • Flat pliers
    • Flat screwdriver 3.5 mm with safety lock system (exclusivity)
    • Flat screwdriver with safety lock system - Cap lifter - Wire bender
    • Graduated tread depth gauge (mm/inch) uses detachable sliding bit holder
    • Green repair tool
    • Green repairer
    • Integrated holder
    • Integrated swivelling compass with sight line (exclusivity) - Ruler cm + inch (exclusivity)
    • Junior round blade
    • Large blade
    • Laser pointer
    • Magnifying glass - Precision screwdriver
    • Medium screwdriver - Cap lifter - Wire bender
    • Metal file - Metal cutting saw
    • Nail clipper (exclusivity)
    • Nail file - Nail cleaner - Screwdriver for small cross head screws
    • Needle nose pliers / Wire-cutter / Nut wrench
    • Phillips screwdriver
    • Phillips screwdriver with safety lock system (exclusivity)
    • Reamer
    • Reamer - Eye
    • Reamer - Needle - Cuticle pen
    • Ring
    • Safety lock system (patented)
    • Semi-round-nose pliers - Wire-cutter - Nut wrench
    • Serrated-edge scissors and lever (patented exclusivity)
    • Shackle opener - Marlin spike - Ruler inch/cm - Needle
    • Shoe spike wrench
    • Slip-joint pliers (exclusivity) - Wire crimper - Inside and outside wire cutters - Nut wrench
    • Small blade
    • Small blade 65 mm
    • Small screwdriver
    • Snap hook
    • Special blade
    • Spot light
    • Stroke counter with 12 graduations
    • Toothpick
    • Tweezers
    • Wood saw
     
  8. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Try explaining that to the airport security:D

    Regards
    Tom
     
  9. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    RON - bought it daan the lane.
    Rob[/QUOTE]

    good old Petticoat Lane

    worked there myself a few years ago now
     
  10. beeza

    beeza Senior Member

    Bought mine in Knaresborough 25 years ago. Still perfect.
    David
     
  11. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    I cut the top of my finger off with one many years ago.
     
  12. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Swiss Army ? I prefer one issued to a proper army !

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  13. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    We had one of those in our house, Rich, when I was a lad.
    Dunno what happened to it.
    Had a Swiss Army knife years ago, very well used.
    Bought a new one in Luzern summer 2009.
    We even bought a Victorinox kitchen knife for use while camping.
     

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  14. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I finally cadged this one from my Dad. It's 1939 dated. I'm not sure if it was his issue knife but it had 'always' been at home.

    I find wooden scales nicer to handle to be honest. I wouldn't have anything else on my gardening knives. I do like Swiss secateurs though. I'm a Felco fan:)
     
  15. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Never had one! But have had one of these in my wallet since they were first produced 15 years ago...Tool Logic: Credit Card Knife, Credit Card Companion, TL-1 with the LED torch instead of the compass...because I can stick whatever tools I want under the saddle of the bike, don't need miniature Swiss ones! :D
     
  16. Steve G

    Steve G Senior Member

    I'm an Opinel man, myself. Carried one since I was fifteen. Not the same one, I'll grant ye!

    But then; I also wear a tiny camera on the other hip. And use my phone to make calls with :D

    ;)
     
  17. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I'm an Opinel man, myself. Carried one since I was fifteen. Not the same one, I'll grant ye!

    But then; I also wear a tiny camera on the other hip. And use my phone to make calls with :D

    ;)

    Steve im the same

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  18. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

    Steve im the same

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    You guys are seriously tooled up!!:D
     
  19. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    The largest Swiss Army Knife in the world. 85 gadgets with 109 features. Weighs 2lb 11oz.
    ......................
    • Wood saw

    The wood saw would be useful, (cut myself a hazel stick when walking the dog) but I'd need a USB memory stick on there to back up my search engines.
     
  20. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    The wood saw would be useful, (cut myself a hazel stick when walking the dog) but I'd need a USB memory stick on there to back up my search engines.



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