The Roman Army Knife

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The Roman Army Knife

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I've got one very similar to this in solid silver that Gareth made me for my birthday a few years back, its huge fun and always fascinates kids at events :D

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They're brilliant, useful things (I've got one made by Len Morgan) but, despite there being at least three of these things dated to the 3rd/4th C, you'll always get at least one MOP saying "they didn't have forks in those days".

They've got the toothpick/spatula (ear scoop more like) labels the wrong way around. That'd hurt.
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Does anyone know the actual size of original? It seem that everyone assumes that it's hand sized, but the if the modern swiss army knife in the pic is an accurate comparison the Roman Army Knife may be more of an all purpose kitchen cooking tool rather than an eating tool.

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fairly small and cute in the ones I've seen, they are not large items

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Gobae wrote:if the modern swiss army knife in the pic is an accurate comparison
It isn't.
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Medicus Matt wrote:It isn't.
And the actual size is? You know this how?

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Gobae wrote:
Medicus Matt wrote:It isn't.
And the actual size is? You know this how?
If you read the link in the ortiginal post the knife is described as 8 x 15 cm. The Swiss army knife has been photoshopped into the picture and the two items are not shown ar a common scale

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Merlon. wrote:If you read the link in the ortiginal post the knife is described as 8 x 15 cm. The Swiss army knife has been photoshopped into the picture and the two items are not shown ar a common scale
Awesome, thank you. I must have missed the dimensions in the original description. Medicus' two word reply was not very illuminating.

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Interestingly, the "Roman Army Knife" wasn't invented until well after the Helvetii (modern Switzerland) were conquered. I'm not making a connection here: I'm just sayin'.... :crazy:
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Salvete Omnes!

The original is in the British Museum and it is made from silver and not bronze. The overall length is about 130mm and 30mm wide. Len Morgan of 'Fabrica' makes reproductions, see here...

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/fabrica/

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The original of the knife that Len reproduces is actually in the Fitzwilliam museum - Cambridge not the BM.

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