East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

The Pope, MacGyver and me


eisenerI 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.

I have to admit that for me, Herr Elsener is not the first character that comes to mind when I think about my Swiss Army knife.
I was a kid in the 80s – I was a MacGyver fan.

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.
opplanet-victorinox-tinker-knife-53133I 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.
Sad loser.

macgyver11icNow, 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.


Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “The Pope, MacGyver and me

  1. It’s funny and nostalgic !


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