I was strangely touched, a few hours back, when I found out, by chance, that early this week Carl Elsener, head of the Victorinox company, passed away at the age of 90.
And yet, the photograph of the smiling, white-haired Swiss businessman sort of made me feel a pang of nostalgia.
We shared something.
I was a happy customer of his.
I have a Victorinox Tinker in my jeans pocket, hanging by a small carabiner from a belt loop.
It’s been there for ages.
Before that, there was a heavier, wood-handled Hiker model, hanging there.
The one with the saw and the corkscrew.
I lost it somewhere in the ’90s.
The Tinker is leaner, more essential, almost minimalist.
And dirt cheap.
Together with a USB key, a D20 and some spare change, the small red knife is one of the things that I always have in my pocket.
And sure, there’s always some friend that makes some lame joke about MacGyver – but pity the guy, he probably watched some lame sitcom in the 80s.
Now, I never defused an atom bomb or built a raft using it, but my Swiss Army Knife’s been useful all these years.
But I repaired my PC with it.
With it I cut freshly-baked bread purchased in small villages long the road, to make sandwiches.
It helps me feel adventurous.
And pull caps from bottles.
And a lot of other stuff.
And it’s sort of a lucky charm, really.
And it was fun, doing some research for this very short, pointless post, discovering that both the current Pope and the Dalai Lama carry the same kind of knife I carry.
I wonder if they are fans of MacGyver, too.
- List of problems solved by MacGyver (makezine.com)