Recently, I retrieved my good old Victorinox Swiss Army knife from the purgatory that it had been consigned to for the past ten years.
|And yes, that's my name engraved on its body.|
And you had better believe it when I say that it's a Swiss Army knife. My brother got it for me while he was backpacking through Switzerland back in 2003. So, yes.... I got a Swiss Swiss Army Knife.
It saw me through my NSF days when I had to cut commscord lines (I've always wondered about the origin of the term 'commscord') and help the company signallers lay down telephone wires. As a combat medic I remember using it to cut elastic bandages and Transpore tapes.
After I ORDed, though, the knife was consigned to a little corner of my webbing, destined to spend the next ten years there. I never took it out unless if I was called down to ICT. Even then, it was only taken out if I went outfield and I ever saw I need to use it.
A rather sad existence, methinks.
I then came across an Art of Manliness article on why every man should carry a pocket knife. It was a truly fascinating article which made me think about actually doing the same. That made me dig out my trusty old Swiss Army knife, sharpen the blades with a sharpening stone, and oil the moving joints.
I have to say that that was a pretty vicious raccoon.
I was all set to carry it in my pocket everywhere I went, until a thought hit me: would it even be legal to do so?
Okay, perhaps you're thinking that I'm being paranoid, But then again, being stopped by the MRT police while on the way to work and being found with a utility knife after a quick search is probably not the best experience in the world. Sure, I would be asked if I could justify its existence, but seriously, is anybody going to buy the idea that a mechanical engineering lecturer needs to keep a Swiss Army knife in his pocket at all times?
So unfortunately, the knife now stays at home, where it gets used mainly in the highly manly activity of.....
|The three constants in life: death, taxes, and tax letters.|
..... opening sealed envelopes.