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Multi-blade Folding Knife / John Holler


Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives, a multi-tool created by John S Holler in Germany around 1880. The knife actually pre-dates the Swiss Army Knife, which started production about a decade later in 1890.

The knife has 100 functions, including every types of blades imaginable. It has a serrated blade, dagger blades, shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, pens and pencils, mirror, and straight razor. You can even use this tool to tune a piano, as it has a piano tuner built in. Hungry? It’s got a butter knife so you can butter your toast.

But that’s not all: This is a knife you can actually bring to a gunfight. It has a fully functioning .22 calibre five-shot pin-fire revolver. And as if that ain’t enough, the tortoise shell handle covers of the knife open up to hold picks, tools, and even mini folding knives — via Neatorama

Photo: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E Behring Centre. Catalogue Number 1986.0101.03

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