Woodsman Felix Immler reveals how we can build a comfortable camp in the wilderness using nothing more than a pocket knife. Simple natural materials are used for making a waterproof roof, a chair, a bed, a table, a fridge, and an oven, as well as for carving spoons, knifes, and bowls. You can even grill a chicken on a self-made, water-driven skewer. The book is full of ideas for exciting and thrilling activities, suitable for families and teens as well as adult explorers.
Swiss Army Knives is the comprehensive guide for Swiss Army Knives no collector should live without. This fascinating, colorfully illustrated book is a celebration of one of the great icons of Swiss culture. Swiss Army Knives catalogs each gadget, beginning with the simple Soldier’s knife, later developed into the Student Knife, the Cadet Knife, and Farmer’s Knife. Each model is accompanied with a narrative. For example, the Soldier’s knife was heavy, which led developers to create the lighter Officer’s knife, with an added second blade and a corkscrew. The book includes hundreds of illustrated examples of Swiss Army Knives and anecdotes from military personnel and other owners and a comprehensive model identification system, for the dedicated collectors. This fascinating, colorfully illustrated celebration of one of the great icons of Swiss culture—in France it’s the Couteau Swiss, in Germany the Schweizer Messer, and to the English-speaking world it’s the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife—used by military programs the world over and given away as gifts to guests by the White House (Lyndon Johnson did it first). Switzerland is not a country we associate with war. Nor is it a major steel-producing country. Yet the Swiss Army Knife, originally produced by a Swiss master cutler for the Swiss armed forces, is now recognized throughout the world. Like the Rolls-Royce or the Zippo lighter, it has become part of mythology, an icon that represents a standard of quality and versatility which has carried through from the nineteenth into the twenty-first century. The basic design of the knife has changed little since Karl Elsener patented the first Swiss Officer’s Knife in 1897, but the context within which the knives are now used would have astonished him. Elsener’s knives have been used at the top of Mount Everest and on coral reefs; astronauts carry them in the Space Shuttle; and they have saved lives on the ocean, in the air and in the desert. Charles Elsener, the fourth son of a hat-maker, decided not to enter the family business but to become a cutler. After serving his apprenticeship in south Germany, he opened his own business near Schwyz in Switzerland. Soon after, in 1891, he formed the Swiss Cutlery Guild with the main aim of producing soldiers’ knives for the Swiss Army, which had to date been bought from German sources. By the end of the year, the first batch had been delivered and Elsener’s plan proved a success—the first knife, known by name rather than type number—the Soldier’s knife—had a blade, awl, can opener, and screwdriver. Then the development started: as well as the simple Soldier’s knife he quickly developed the Student Knife, the Cadet Knife and Farmer’s Knife. Because the Soldier’s knife was heavy, Elsener developed the lighter Officer’s knife, with an added second blade and a corkscrew. On 26 April 2005 Victorinox acquired Wenger, its historic rival and the other official supplier of the Swiss Army knife. It also started expanding its product range to include fragrances, travel gear, and watches. Victorinox has since licensed the Swiss Army brand and shield logo to companies producing watches, writing tools, luggage and clothing. Victorinox produces some 34,000 Swiss Army knives, 38,000 multi-tools, and 30,000 household, kitchen, and knives per workday. Approximately 90 percent of its production is exported to more than 100 countries. With a wide reach and diverse product development, it's no wonder their knives are so popular.
A good knife is all you need to start whittling. Whether you’re in front of a campfire or waiting for a bus, whittling is the creative way to unwind and have fun! In this book, world-famous whittler Chris Lubkemann shows you how to carve useful and whimsical objects with nothing more than an Original Swiss Army® Knife, a twig, and a few minutes of time. Learn to choose your wood, sharpen your blade, and control your knife, with dozens of easy step-by-step projects. Published in collaboration with Victorinox® AG, makers of the Original Swiss Army Knife.
"This handy reference shows how to use the iconic red multi-tool to handle 101 different emergency situations. From starting a fire and making a shelter to catching a fish, building a stove, or applying a splint, discover why the SAK is a must-have for everyday carry"--
In The Swiss Army Knife for Leaders you are inspired and challenged to follow your own path in leadership development and take others with you on this journey. To work on leadership with a positive impact on yourself and your environment. The title of this book refers to the pocket knife of Gabriel Anthonio's grandfather; teacher, and a great coach for old and young. This book will be a constant companion. You can pick it up anytime and read the chapters separately, according to your needs. You can gift this book to anyone you wish to encourage in developing leadership with lasting positive impact. This book speaks to the mind, but most of all to the heart.
30+ Fun & Useful Things to Make Using Your Swiss Army Knife
Author: Felix Immler
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Whittling in the Wild features more than 30 fun and exciting objects to make using a simple pocket knife, wood, and a handful of household items. With step-by-step instructions and coordinating high-quality photography, whittle and carve a boat, parachute, and so much more. Plus, each project has its own QR code for video extras!