While we are all familiar with the ubiquitous Swiss Army knife and its many knock-offs, what is likely the first surviving example went on display recently at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England. Made from silver and dating to between 200-300AD, it was a custom-made tool probably belonging to a wealthy traveler . . .
From the UK Daily Mail:
“It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick.
Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails.
It is thought the spatula would have offered a means of poking cooking sauce out of narrow-necked bottles.”
Unfortunately, there’s no corkscrew and, like most blades, it can land you in seriously hot water if you’re caught carrying it in public in the hoplophobic UK.