A recent article pointed out to us by our good friend Bernard Levine places the newest Red Cross Knives in the hands of troops.
As many of you are aware the Red Cross knives of World War One are highly sought out collectors items of today. Instead of the folding knife with spoon idea of long ago today the Red Cross is adding a multi-tool to the parcels.
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In 1884, Karl Elsener started his cutlery factory in the small village of Ibach, Switzerland. Granted, in my case it could partially be because it was from the first “real” girlfriend I ever had.
In 1897, he made the Victorinox Original Swiss Army Knife to deliver to the Swiss Soldiers. I know several people who got them as gifts when they were young or saved up enough money to finally buy one on their own.
While we have not yet seen a model of the item or who makes it the Red Cross has at least 10,000 planned for distribution.
This is all paid for from donations to that organization.
I kept that thing for over 30 years and then one day realized that I hadn’t seen it in a while (I’ve been deployed several times and to several military schools for the past decade so things tend to get lost).
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I saw it and curiosity took a hold of me like Carla’s dad one day when he came home early and thought we were in school. Not about Carla’s dad – he wasn’t so pleasant that day. I’m always looking for things that will serve more than one function which can cut down on space or weight in survival gear. I may just have to update my Top 7 prepper / survival / camping gifts for preppers article now to include this one.
I didn’t want to just lump it in there or some of you would miss it.