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 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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Todd Fratzel

Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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