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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

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This, I believe, is the current military issue army knife:



But the most important tool is still not on: A corkscrew!
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

When the model of knife for the Swiss Army was changed the manufacture had to be put out to tender worldwide. This could have led to a Chinese Swiss Army knife, for example.

The Swiss Army knife is supplied to 20 other armies, including Germany.

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If a Swiss soldier is required to spend over 1409 CHF on his knife before he becomes a soldier, how much must he spend on his rifle and ammunition?

Edward J. Cunningham
Derwood, MD
Plus taxes

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Yeah I know. I am an old fart. That was a heavy rifle to carry around.
"We were soldiers" They don`t make them anymore like that
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Old 29.11.2009, 14:27
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

Hah, I see that Wengerna have one called an "Air Traveler"!

http://www.wengerna.com/air-traveler-16912

Not much use for its intended purpose.
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This, I believe, is the current military issue army knife:-



More info here
Just to avoid confusion with the "giant" knife in the OP the picture of the knife above is actual size. All Army Bergens have a special carry pouch for the knife.
The main blade knife with the hole is used mainly to snap children's fingers. (for interrogation purposes only.)
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When the model of knife for the Swiss Army was changed the manufacture had to be put out to tender worldwide. This could have led to a Chinese Swiss Army knife, for example.

The Swiss Army knife is supplied to 20 other armies, including Germany.

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Screw the WTO. This is strategic procurement.
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Old 29.11.2009, 19:25
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But the most important tool is still not on: A corkscrew!
That's why Swiss wine comes with screwcaps.
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

I know this is a bit of a jokey thread, but the wikipedia link under is really quite interesting - only if you like this kind of thing of course

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_Army_knife
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

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The marching seems a bit sloppy:

http://www.victorinox.ch/index.cfm?s...11100926049635

I'm mightily amused that the Swiss have a combined defence and sports ministry.
Well, since Switzerland hasn't been in a real war for a long time (do the Napoleonic wars count?), the Swiss defense ministry's priorities are on winning the World Cup.

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Screw the WTO. This is strategic procurement.
Now I know why that giant knife was built---some Swiss politician was worried about the "Swiss Army knife" gap!

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Swiss are a bit bigger than your average Europeans. It's not such a problem for them to carry it.
And I thought they were well-hung. There goes my erotic image of Swiss soldiers.
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

This has just reminded me of my nephew, who on receiving one, always refered to it as his, "Salami knife"

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I've been told, by what I think are quite reliable sources, only the officers knives have corkscrews. Thinking about it, yes, I can accept that may be so.

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But the most important tool is still not on: A corkscrew!
This is going to give me bad dreams. I just wish there was a way to unread it.
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Just to avoid confusion with the "giant" knife in the OP the picture of the knife above is actual size. All Army Bergens have a special carry pouch for the knife.
The main blade knife with the hole is used mainly to snap children's fingers. (for interrogation purposes only.)

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But the most important tool is still not on: A corkscrew!
According to the Swiss I work with the corkscrew is only found on the Officer's knife. Other Ranks drink beer.
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you do not have to purchase it, the army gives it to you (well lends it), but if you lose it you have to pay for a new one.

also if you lose it, you have the mp on your tail!

at all times you (except for during sleeping hours) you have to have the knife on you, in the left hand pocket of your jacket.

hope this helps
You really need 2. One you use and never clean and one you don't and just show at inspections.
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I've been told, by what I think are quite reliable sources, only the officers knives have corkscrews. Thinking about it, yes, I can accept that may be so.
Nonsense. Officers have exactly the same knife as soldiers. Maybe Catholic chaplains have one with corkscrew -- for the altar wine.
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

Not that it really matters, but March 10, 2009 was those soldiers' second day at boot camp.
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Re: Does the Swiss Army really use this knife?

I've heard this from many various sources and it seems I'm not the only one.


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According to the Swiss I work with the corkscrew is only found on the Officer's knife. Other Ranks drink beer.
Are Swiss folk under the same misconception as us, or is this just an "in" joke that we "furriners" aren't aware of and some "Mickey" is being taken?

I did search, but couldn't find anything to prove or disprove, so will be glad if you could provide me with anything to substantiate your statement of "Nonsense".

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Nonsense. Officers have exactly the same knife as soldiers. Maybe Catholic chaplains have one with corkscrew -- for the altar wine.
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Are Swiss folk under the same misconception as us, or is this just an "in" joke that we "furriners" aren't aware of and some "Mickey" is being taken?
I'm pretty sure that everything in this thread is dead serious.
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