Dec 12, 2008Swiss Navy Knife

Photograph of a Swiss Navy Knife
Swiss Navy Knife. Copyright © 2008 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Yesterday I was unable to enter a building because I was carrying this knife. I don’t have a problem with that, I’m just not used to having to go through security when entering an office.

It surprises a lot of people that land-locked Switzerland has a navy and that there is a Swiss navy knife.

This knife has proved to be one of the most practical knives I’ve owned. Because of its nautical applications it has two tools most knives don’t. A marlinespike and a shackle spanner, both of which have been used much more often than you’d expect. Surprisingly, despite its age (I must have owned it for at least 15 years), it still has the tweezers and toothpick, both of which have seen a fair bit of use. The only part of this knife that I am disappointed with is the blade, it’s very thin, serrated, and doesn’t hold an edge for long.

Update: The fact that I still have this knife is surprising and totally down to the bright orange lanyard. In 2010 I lost it late in the evening in six-feet of water in Table Rock Lake. The next day I returned and snorkeled for it, and luckily found it almost immediately. That was because I took a couple of transits from the point where I lost it which allowed me to locate the place where I dropped it, and even though the knife was buried in the silt, the orange lanyard was easy to spot floating just above the bottom.

Copyright © 2008 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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