Swiss Flame: A Swiss Army Knife with a Built-in Lighter

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The Swiss Army Knife developed in Switzerland in the nineteenth century. They have been standard issue for the country’s military soldiers and civilian adventurers ever since.

Switzerland is a landlocked country, but the need for reliable, multipurpose tools was made very apparent during World War I. Some early army knives contained only four blades and a screwdriver.

As time progressed, the quality and number of blades increased and eventually, additional tools such as reamer, corkscrew, can opener and a mini-screwdriver were included.

The Swiss Army Knife, or Swiss Army Pocket Knife, is a pocket knife or multi-tool manufactured by Victorinox and Wenger. Each pocket knife is equipped with multiple screwdrivers, a can opener, a bottle opener and at least one blade, normally a Swiss Army Knife is always equipped with at least two blade.

Some of the best known products in the Swiss Army Knife range are the Wenger Giant, the SwissChamp and the Officer’s Knife. In many countries the name Swiss Army Knife is protected by law and violations can be punishable by law.