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Published on Apr 14, 2009
http://www.pocket-knife.org/ The Swiss Army Knife is a multifunctioning tool besides being a knife. This compact knife can be used for many different things and is extremely convenient. It is possible to do many jobs without having to carry around a full tool box. Instead just slip this knife in your pocket and you are all set.
There are many different types of Swiss Army Knives that have different tool combinations. The most common tools found in the Swiss Army Knife are a main blade, tweezers, corkscrew, bottle opener, Phillips head screwdriver, scissors, file, magnifying glass, fish scaler, pliers, small second blade, toothpick, can opener, saw, hook, ballpoint pen, hex wrench with bits, key chain, and a slotted/flat head screwdriver.
The very recent models have utilized some of the new technology available and includes a USB flash drive, digital altimeter, laser pointer, digital clock, MP2 player and LED light. There is even a special military model designed for assembling assault models and a Giant model with over 85 tools that was produced for the Swiss Army knife 100th birthday.
Some of the newer tools include din the Swiss army knife are geared more towards computers and computers are becoming more common in everyday life. The USB flash drive can be quite handy and you can also purchase a knife with a digital clock. As the times continue to change so will the knife and new tools will be added.
The Swiss Army knife was created when it was found out that the Swiss army was using Germany knifes. Many different tools can be included in one knife by using a special spring mechanism. This allows both sides of the knife handle to be used. The fundamentals of the knife are similar to the original version though some of the tools added are quite different form the first model.
Wenger and Victorinox are the two companies that produce authentic Swiss Army products. Victorinox is the originally company that Elsener founded though Wenger is the owner. Swiss army also produces other products besides knives such as watches, compasses and other useful items. The products are built to be durable and precise.
The classic model is still popular though there are models available for those that love to fish, the handy man in your life, the constant tinker or person that takes everything apart and then puts it back together. There is a model available for mechanics as well as just general use.
The Swiss army knife was not the original name of the knife. It was coined from US soldiers coming home after the Second World War. They had taken the knifes form Germans who had bought the knives. It was originally called a soldier's knife. The actual cutting blades of the Swiss army knife are made with a hardness of Rockwell C of 56.