Tools of the Weird: World’s Oldest Multi-Tool?
Swiss Made it Red but Romans Made it First
The photo of this tool has been the desktop wallpaper on my laptop for months now, because…well…I’m a geek like that and because this tool contains so much sheer awesome I was hoping some of it might rub off on me.
What you’re looking at is an 1800-year-old Roman army knife. Made of iron and silver, and obviously carefully hand-crafted, the tool incorporated a number of useful fold-out implements, including a spoon, fork, knife, pick and something that looks oddly like a can opener (a visionary touch, given that cans were still centuries away back in A.D. 201).
Here’s a link to the original post, courtesy of Wired.com. I’m no historian, but I have to believe this multi-tool was largely responsible for the era of Roman butt kickage.
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