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    1880 100-blade pocket knife - photos

    1880 100-blade pocket knife. TBF not everything is technically a blade; still really cool! And cool does NOT mean "useful"

    Yes, that's a functional 5-shot mini revolver. I think this was essentially an exhibition piece, like a concept car. Made in Solingen, Germany for J. S. Holler & Co.’s cutlery store in New York City. On display at the National Museum of American History.

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    This knife could be described as the Mother of all Swiss Army knives. If you count the miniatures inside the tortoise shell handle covers, it has 100 “blades.” They include pocket knife blades of every style imaginable, a serrated blade, two dagger blades, several different types of shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, two saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, tuning fork, pens and mechanical pencils, mirror, straight razor, and a functional .22-caliber five-shot pinfire revolver. The one modern convenience it doesn’t seem to have is a bottle opener, but the bottle cap as we know it wasn’t invented until 1892.
    More: https://americanhistory.si.edu/colle...t/nmah_1061776

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    May not have a bottle opener, but there is a button hook! For t-i-n-y buttons, like a Victorian maidens corset; always too many!

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    1880 100-blade pocket knife

    Being made in Germany, I find it totally acceptable.
    Even if it does border on the incredible.



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