Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Everyday Objects 2

The Swiss Army knife was invented by Karl Eisner in 1891. Eisner was inspired to create a tool for the Swiss Army that was not manufactured by Germans, so he set out to produce a Swiss knife for the Swiss Army.

The first knife he made was called the “Soldier’s Knife,” which featured a wooden handle and a variety of tools including a blade, a screwdriver and a can opener. Later Eisner created a revised version of this knife that featured two blades instead of just one. Eisner needed another spring for the second blade, which also made room for him to add more tools such a corkscrew.

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