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A-Z of History

Kindly king Nige Tassell kicks back and kills time with his kaleidoscopic collection of 24-karat historical keepers
ILLUSTRATION: DAWN COOPER

NOT ON YOUR KNIFE

Everyone’s favourite multi-use tool, the Swiss Army Knife, could actually claim to be German. In the late 1880s, the Swiss Army commissioned a folding penknife for its troops, but no homeland manufacturer could handle a 15,000-unit order, so they had to be made across the border in the German town of Solingen, known as the ‘city of blades’.

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