A Roman Multi-tool

Long before there were Swiss Army Knives, Leatherman multi-tools, or Boy Scout mess kit pocket knives, the Romans were fashioning them out of silver and iron:Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.25.09 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.25.32 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.25.52 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.26.20 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.27.39 PM Screen Shot 2014-12-28 at 10.28.13 PM

This one is in the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Here is its description:

Title:

Roman “Swiss Army Knife”

Category:

tool/implement

Name: compound utensil

Date: 201  300 CE

Period: Middle Roman

Description: eating implement, folding, with three-pronged fork, spatula, pick, spike and knife.

Production
Place (legacy): Mediterranean, production, region

Materials: knife: iron; other tools: silver

Dimensionsheight: 88 mm [3.5″]   width: 155 mm [6″]

The Fitzwilliam Museum has a large online gallery:
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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