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Old 02-03-2010, 10:17 PM
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All I can say is wow!

This is on exhibit at the Fitzwilliam Museum, across the pond.
(No, this museum isn't named after a grip maker who was a former Colt employee. )


Heres the article, with the picture:
The Roman Army Knife: Or how the ingenuity of the Swiss was beaten by 1,800 years | Mail Online

They describe it as a "Roman Army Knife," but only a nobleman could have afforded such a piece.
I figure the membership will appreciate such ancient ingenuity.
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Very cool, thanks for posting the link...
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Missing the corkscrew.
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I have seen a photo of a single-blade folding knife from about the Augustan era, and it seemed well made. But the spring was missing, or I just misunderstood what it was.

Books on classical edged weapons and on Rome sometimes have such photos, and of Roman swords and daggers.

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Missing the corkscrew.
And the Abita Beer Bottle opener
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Cool, but it's missing the blade, too. How is it a "knife" without a blade?
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It's pretty ingenious, but it's more like one of those all-in-one camping utensils.
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Cool, but it's missing the blade, too. How is it a "knife" without a blade?
The iron blade is gone to rust. Its the ugly brown thing at the top.
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The iron blade is gone to rust. Its the ugly brown thing at the top.
Missed that--thanks. And thanks for the link, Andy. Just posted it on my Facebook page.
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given the shape of the spoon and fork I think that is a multi-purpose tool for eating seafood. The shape of the spoon sure looks like an oyster spoon to me.
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