Monday, 01 Feb, 2010 Offbeat

Swiss Army Knife that Dates Back to 200AD


This artifact, unearthed about 20 years ago in Mediterranean area, can be called the first Swiss Army Knife in the world, created approximately in 200AD in ancient Rome.

Currently the knife can be observed at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, being on display as part of a larger collection of artifacts manufactured in ancient Rome and Greece.

The knife is made of silver and, besides the blade, it also includes a spoon, a fork, a spatula, a small toothpick and a retractable spike, which specialists consider was used to snag snails out of their shells, reports DailyMail.

The 3" x 6" artifact once again demonstrates the skill and power possessed by people of the Roman Empire.

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