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  • Hardcover
  • Swiss Army Knives: A Collector's Edition
  • Derek Jackson
  • English
  • 08 March 2019
  • 0785836349

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Swiss Army Knives: A Collector's EditionSwiss Army Knivesis thecomprehensive guide for Swiss Army Knivesno collector should live without This fascinating, colorfully illustrated book is a celebration of one of the great icons of Swiss culture Swiss Army Knivescatalogs each gadget, beginning with the simple Soldiers knife, later developed into the Student Knife, the Cadet Knife, and Farmers Knife Each model is accompanied with a narrative For example, the Soldiers knife was heavy, which led developers to create the lighter Officers knife, with an added second blade and a corkscrewThe book includes hundredsof illustrated examples of Swiss Army Knives and anecdotes from military personnel and other owners and a comprehensive model identification system, for the dedicated collectors This fascinating, colorfully illustrated celebration of one of the great icons of Swiss culturein France its the Couteau Swiss, in Germany the Schweizer Messer, and to the English speaking world its the Victorinox Swiss Army Knifeused by military programs the world over andgiven away as gifts to guests by the White House Lyndon Johnson did it first Switzerland is not a country we associate with war Nor is it a major steel producing country Yet the Swiss Army Knife, originally produced by a Swiss master cutler for the Swiss armed forces, is now recognized throughout the world Like the Rolls Royce or the Zippo lighter, it has become part of mythology, an icon that represents a standard of quality and versatility which has carried through from the nineteenth into the twenty first century The basic design of the knife has changed little since Karl Elsener patented the first Swiss Officers Knife in , but the context within which the knives are now used would have astonished him Elseners knives have been used at the top of Mount Everest and on coral reefs astronauts carry them in the Space Shuttle and they have saved lives on the ocean, in the air and in the desert Charles Elsener, the fourth son of a hat maker, decided not to enter the family business but to become a cutler After serving his apprenticeship in south Germany, he opened his own business near Schwyz in Switzerland Soon after, in , he formed the Swiss Cutlery Guild with the main aim of producing soldiers knives for the Swiss Army, which had to date been bought from German sources By the end of the year, the first batch had been delivered and Elseners plan proved a successthe first knife, known by name rather than type numberthe Soldiers knifehad a blade, awl, can opener, and screwdriver Then the development started as well as the simple Soldiers knife he quickly developed the Student Knife, the Cadet Knife and Farmers Knife Because the Soldiers knife was heavy, Elsener developed the lighter Officers knife, with an added second blade and a corkscrew OnAprilVictorinox acquired Wenger, its historic rival and the other official supplier of the Swiss Army knife It also started expanding its product range to include fragrances, travel gear, and watches Victorinox has since licensed the Swiss Army brand and shield logo to companies producing watches, writing tools, luggage andclothing Victorinox produces some , Swiss Army knives multi tools, and , household, kitchen, and knives per workday Approximatelypercent of its production is exported tothancountries With a wide reach and diverse product development, its no wonder their knives are so popular

About the Author: Derek Jackson

Engineer Dr Patrick Hook worked in the motor racing and automotive industry before gaining a PhD within the Exeter University Auxetic Materials Group He has written books on such diverse subjects as seashells, digital photography and Harley Davidsons A full time author by day, by night he helps local farmers manage predator numbers specializing in shooting foxes His Swiss Army Knife has proved invaluable in the field on many occasions He, his wife, and various dogs live in an old farmhouse in the southwest of England