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Swiss Army knives

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    • Officer's knives (Swiss Army knives)
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    • found: Work cat: 2018052166: Lynch, B. Victorinox official Swiss Army knife survival guide, 2019 :ECIP galley (The origins of the Swiss Army Knife began over 130 years ago. In 1884, Karl Elsener established a cutlery shop located in Ibach, Switzerland. The Swiss Army Knife was born from his idea to create a compact knife with a variety of functions; using the highest quality of steel, he accomplished just that.)
    • found: Victorinox www homepage, November 2, 2018(Since 1897, the Swiss Army Knife has been a trusted tool of adventurers around the world.) Victorinox Swiss Army Knives Info (Charles Elsener, formed the Swiss Cutlery Guild with the main aim of producing the soldiers' knives which the Swiss Army had up to that time purchased from Solingen in Germany; October 1891, the first delivery to the Swiss Army was made; Elsener developed a lighter soldier's knife specifically for the officers, which, apart from the blade, awl, can opener and screwdriver on the Soldier's knife, also had a second small blade and a corkscrew. This multi-purpose pocket knife with only two springs for the six blades he called the "Officer's knife;" design officially registered June 12, 1897. Further tools were added--a wood saw and scissors, bottle opener, large screwdriver, can opener, small screwdriver, nailfile, toothpick and tweezers, metal saw with metal file, fish scaler with hook disgorger and ruler, Phillips screwdriver, a key ring and a magnifying glass--available in over 100 different combinations. In the years 1945-1949, it was sold to the PX shops of the US Army, Navy and Air Force; American officers and soldiers began calling it "Swiss Army Knife" instead of "Offiziersmesser"; in France it is known as the "Couteau Suisse" and in Germany and Austria as the "Schweizer Messer")
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