Pocket Knife History… Sort Of
Pocket knives have a long history, where the earliest traces seem to appear with their use by ancient Romans. The oldest dated pocket knife was dated at around 500 BC and was discovered in Spain. Today, even though there are claims (pictured right) that there are Roman multi-tools that have been found to be 1800+ years old, somewhere along the way the recipe seems to have been lost or abandoned, (until recently) in favor of your Grandfather’s pocket knife. And although progress is progress, sometimes progress may not always be a good thing… can you imagine how efficient Native Americans could have been at collecting scalps off of frontiersman with a multi-tool that had a hatchet, saw, file, and pair of pliers? Wow, I shudder just to think about it.
In recent years there has been an exponential boom in the popularity of multi-tools, where during this time, Leatherman has made its mark and been able to distinguish itself as a premier manufacturer of multi-tools, being widely regarded as the best of the best. When it comes to carrying a quality made, purposeful, pocket knife that you can depend on, the Leatherman brand is durably made and will not break off or bend. Besides being one of the coolest looking multi-tools ever, the Leatherman 830950 Skeletool CX with Sheath includes nine different functions in all, including two sets of pliers, regular and needle nose. It has a set of wire cutters and a carabiner/bottle opener with a handy removable pocket clip. A universal bit driver and a combination straight/serrated 154cm knife blade. Also included is s bit storage handle with the included bits of a Phillips #1 and #2, and Screwdriver 3/16″ and 1/4″.