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02-01-2010, 04:33 AM
The world's first Swiss Army knife' has been revealed - made 1,800 years before its modern counterpart,Pictures:

An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD, it is made from silver but has an iron blade.It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick.Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails.

'We know almost nothing about the person who owned this ingenious knife, but perhaps he was one of those who profited from the vast expansion of Rome - he would have been wealthy to have such a real luxury item.'Perhaps he was a traveller, who required a practical compound utensil like this on his journeys.'The spokesman added: 'While many less elaborate folding knives survive in bronze, this one's complexity and the fact that it is made of silver suggest it is a luxury item.


Modern Swiss Army knives originated in Ibach Schwyz, Switzerland, in 1897 and were created by Karl Elsener.The knives which provide soldiers with a 'battlefield toolkit' have since become standard issue for many modern day fighting forces thanks to their toughness and quality.Nationalist Elsener decided to design the knives after he realised the Swiss army were being issued with blades manufactured in neighbouring Germany.

Other popular artefacts include an intricately designed Greek make-up box which was custom made almost 3000 years ago for a women of 'wealth and status'.The round clay make-up container from Athens dates back to 740BC and experts believe it may have been stored in a grave in the Ancient Greek city for the last 2,700 years.The six inch high and 12 inch diameter box would have contained precious gems and make up from the era made from a variety of naturally occurring substances.