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Before MacGyver: Roman Army Knife

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Looks like the Swiss Army Knife was actually invented in the times of the Roman Empire.

roman army knife

Found in the Mediterranean a few years ago, this Ancient Roman multi-tool includes a three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife, 3rd century AD.
It’s made of iron and silver, and it probably belonged to a traveler of the time (and so the definition of “Roman Army Knife”, while fun, is probably incorrect).
This object is part of the collections of the Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum.

This is another one of those things that, should I put it in an Aculeo & Amunet story1, would be probably criticized as unlikely or “wrong”.


  1. and I will! 
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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.

2 thoughts on “Before MacGyver: Roman Army Knife

  1. Could it have been made in what is now Switzerland?

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