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    Default A true gentleman knife.

    Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives, a multi-tool created by John S. Holler in Germany around 1880. The knife actually predates 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 caliber five-shot pinfire 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.
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    A fully functioning .22 caliber five-shot pinfire revolver ... and a butter knife!
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    Notable blades: Straight razor and tuning fork.

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    Notable functions: Cheese fork and the kris blade.

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    The flip side of the knife opens up to reveal ... a small crucifix knife, perfect for killing vampires!
    Sadly, it does not have a bottle opener. That's because the bottle cap wasn't invented until 1892.
    Photo: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. Catalog Number 1986.0101.03


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    Amazing looking knife a real testament to the craftsmen of the day, was probably made for the Exposition Universelle (1889) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia as this would have been around a similar date.
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    I hope you don't need that gun in a hurry.
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    I was thinking that thing is priceless ........ and then it occurred to me that it probably really is. One heck of an example of craftsmanship at its finest.
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    Thank you for giving us the example of a time when craftsmanship was king!
    I appreciate the posting.
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    Thanks for sharing. It doesn't have a bottle opener, but it have a vimpire dagger, that's all right in my book! I can spent a lot of time just looking at the thing. Does any body else get bother by the chip on the straight and wants it honed out?

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    I have one just like this.

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    Hahahah Talk about overkill

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    I'm going to have to say no to this knife as there's no USB memory stick or compass, so I'll pass on this.
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    Wonder if the knick out of the straight blade will hone out......

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