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A Short History of the Swiss Army Knife

A Short History of the Swiss Army Knife

The story begins in 1891 with Karl Elsener, owner of a company that made surgical equipment. He founded the Association of Swiss Master Cutlers, to supply pocket knives to the Swiss army, who at this time were using German-made ones. It took Elsener five years to come up with what he called the “Soldier’s knife” (known today in Switzerland as the “Offiziersmesser”). With suggestions from an engineer friend, Jeannine Keller, the original model had a wooden handle, and came with a blade, screwdriver, can opener, and a punch. It was actually made available to the army before 1896, but Elsener was not happy with the device, and eventually was able to put blades on both sides by using a special mechanism using a single spring for both blades. This allowed him to also add a corkscrew.

Elsener’s company, Victorinox, was the single supplier of multi-function pocketknives until 1893. A company in the French-speaking area of Switzerland called Paul Boechat & Cie began to market a similar product. The company was later bought by its general manager, Theodore Wenger, and the company name changed to Wenger. By 1908, the Swiss government decided to split the contract for knives between the two companies, partly to appease German and French-speaking factions in the country, and partly to stimulate competition (and lower the prices of the knives). The two companies came to an agreement over marketing, with Victorinox using the phrase “The Original Swiss Army Knife” and Wenger using “The Genuine Swiss Army Knife”. The following year (1909), the Swiss army began decorating the knives with the Swiss national symbol (a white cross). Victorinox uses a shield with bilateral symmetry around the cross, while Wenger uses a slightly rounded square with quadrilateral symmetry. The Swiss army uses knives with a simpler bilaterally-symmetric shield.

Victorinox switched to stainless steel blades and tools in 1921. It is believed Wenger did so as well around the same time, but company sources are inconclusive about the exact date. The knives were sold in PX stores on US army bases from 1945 to 1949. In fact it is believed that the term “Swiss Army Knife” was coined in English by American G.I.s during World War II, because they couldn’t pronounce the Swiss name “Offiziersmesser”.

Today, Swiss army knives contain a multitude of tools, including: several blades, a bottle-opener/screwdriver/wire stripper, can opener/small screwdriver, tweezers, toothpick, corkscrew, phillips-head screwdriver, nail file, scissors, saw, hook, magnifying glass, ballpoint pen, fish scaler, pliers, keychain, USB flash memory, digital clock, digital altimeter, LED light, laser pointer mp3 player, and a brass spacer in the official army model, which allows assembly of the SIG 550 and SIG 510 assault rifles (with the screwdriver and reamer extended, the knife becomes a restraint to the firing pin during the lock assembly). Wenger has a special model which contains all the tools they make. The device is nearly twice as wide as it is long, and retails for around ,200.

The knives are also available in many other colors besides the traditional red. Black, blue, white, pink, camouflage, phosphorescent yellow and many others, in both opaque or transparent. Also metal and wood cladding. The model actually used by the Swiss army is in fact aluminum, and not red at all.

On April 26, 2005, Victorinox acquired the Wenger company, becoming again the single supplier of knives to the Swiss army. The company intends to keep the Wenger brand alive for knives sold to consumers.

Michael Carpenter operates two websites that sell Swiss Army Knives:
Army Knife Swiss (US) and
Army Knife Swiss (UK).

Drawing short hair in color pencil?

Question by Glados: Drawing short hair in color pencil?
I need to draw a portrait of sorts and I’m using colored pencils. The hair I need to draw is a male with a military cut, you will only be seeing the side, so it’s vary short. And another male with slightly longer hair, maybe an inch or half in length.
So if anyone has any links or ANYthing really, I need major help! Please and thank you.

Best answer:

Answer by Moochie
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Q&A: Im writing a short story about a….?

Question by Bryson: Im writing a short story about a….?
teenager with a brother who is a slob, and messed up the house when his parents went for a wedding in england, could some one help me add a twist to the story or other things i could add?

BTW here is what i got so far if you would like to read it.

Jimmy pushed his brother’s door door, but it refused to go any further. He then noticed the cause, a mountain of soiled clothes resisting against the door. He swiftly used his foot to free the door, only to witness the horror of George’s room. The un-made bed had notebooks, a dictionary, pencils, pens and a ruler on it. A half eaten ham and cheese sandwich lay on a paper lunch bag, atop the desk. Adjacent to it, two empty soda cans. His metal mesh waste-basket toppled over with many balls of crumpled notes on the floor. He noticed George’s beloved skateboard under a pile of worn out sneakers. A neglected hamster played in it’s cage by the window sill. Jimmy gave a look of discust and whispered to himself “eww”, and he began to wonder if it ran in the family. After feeding the lonely hamster Jimmy tried to race out of this pigsty but slipped on one of George’s half used deodorant, his backed slammed in to the moist carpet and he let out a yelp, he laid there for a moment thinking he had broke his spine, but then noticed the pungent smell from the carpet. He quickly jumped to his feet and brushed himself off. Jimmy assumed responsibility when his parents left for a wedding in England, because he was known as the responsible one.

btw this is for gr.11 eng, and i was forced to use a messy room as the topic

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Answer by Sunset Grandpa
Play with the tone of your story. So far it feels predictable, but you could improve this by focusing on one strange thing at a time. Introduce something, describe it, and then reflect on it. The tone can get sarcastic, playful, bittersweet, etc. For example, a start to the paragraph could be: Jimmy was a fairly rational person. In fact, he was the type of person who knew that a mountain of soiled clothes was not an acceptable way to leave a bedroom.

The punctuation needs some work too. This doesn’t seem important, but sometimes it can lead to some great writing ideas.

This will sound really straight forward, but it tends to be good advice for younger writers: you can’t write something you don’t care about.

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Im writing a short story about a….?

Question by Bryson: Im writing a short story about a….?
teenager with a brother who is a slob, and messed up the house when his parents went for a wedding in england, could some one help me add a twist to the story or other things i could add?

BTW here is what i got so far if you would like to read it.

Jimmy pushed his brother’s door door, but it refused to go any further. He then noticed the cause, a mountain of soiled clothes resisting against the door. He swiftly used his foot to free the door, only to witness the horror of George’s room. The un-made bed had notebooks, a dictionary, pencils, pens and a ruler on it. A half eaten ham and cheese sandwich lay on a paper lunch bag, atop the desk. Adjacent to it, two empty soda cans. His metal mesh waste-basket toppled over with many balls of crumpled notes on the floor. He noticed George’s beloved skateboard under a pile of worn out sneakers. A neglected hamster played in it’s cage by the window sill. Jimmy gave a look of discust and whispered to himself “eww”, and he began to wonder if it ran in the family. After feeding the lonely hamster Jimmy tried to race out of this pigsty but slipped on one of George’s half used deodorant, his backed slammed in to the moist carpet and he let out a yelp, he laid there for a moment thinking he had broke his spine, but then noticed the pungent smell from the carpet. He quickly jumped to his feet and brushed himself off. Jimmy assumed responsibility when his parents left for a wedding in England, because he was known as the responsible one.

btw this is for gr.11 eng, and i was forced to use a messy room as the topic

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Answer by dizwar
Jimmy looked around the room, knowing he would have to help clean up, even though it wasn’t his mess. His gaze settled on the half-eaten sandwich and empty soda cans on the desk.

Something wasn’t right.

Jimmy frowned. Hadn’t there been just ONE sandwich, and only TWO empty cans?

Stepping gingerly over a pile of books and papers, he walked over to the desk, then stopped. His heart skipped a beat.

Now there were FOUR cans, plus a bag of crisps, a box of chocolates, and the limp remains of a salad.

But that was impossible! Or was it? Jimmy ran his hands through his hair and took a deep breath. Too much junk in the room to notice everything at once, he mused. Oh well, might as well start somewhere…

He was leaning forward to pick up clothes and a pair of shoes when he thought he heard a noise. Hesitating, he listened. There it was again. An odd sound, sort of like…like paper being crushed. And now there was another noise, as if something was rubbing against the ceiling.

He spun around suddenly: there, in the metal waste-basket, was a virtual MOUNTAIN of crumpled papers, crushed against the ceiling, spilling out onto the hallway, piled in front of the closet, blocking the stairs.

Jimmy stared with his mouth open. There must have been literally THOUSANDS of paper balls! But where had they all come from? Hadn’t there just been maybe 50 or so? They couldn’t possibly have been there all along…could they?

While he pondered this strange phenomenon, Jimmy was suddenly aware of a soft, velvety, sort of MOVING sensation at his ankles. He looked down and was shocked to see not one hamster, but DOZENS of the little creatures, scurrying around his feet.

This was just too much for Jimmy. He turned to leave but discovered with horror and amazement that the solid floor he had been standing on was now an inexplicable carpet of thick, noxious slime, into which he was slowly and forever sinking, sinking, sinking…

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How to do hair highlights on short hair?

How to do hair highlights on short hair?

Precaution

If you have just had your hair permanently waved or straightened, you might have to put off highlighting until the cuticle of your hair has settled down. The chemicals in a permanent wave work by breaking the hair’s cuticle and then resetting it in the shape of the rod. The result is that your hair is more movable and therefore more easily damaged after a perm. Contact your professional stylist to know your hair’s condition.

Hair highlighting on short hair

So you just had a fresh new short haircut and want to show your style with some highlights. Or perhaps you want to refresh your shot hair style with the soft look. Well, here are some steps you should go after.

First look through some fashion magazines and find pictures of highlighted hair styles that you like the most. Not all hair highlights are same, so keep your eyes open.
Purchase a home hair highlighting kit which is suitable for your hair. Those with short hair will do best with a hair highlighting kit that includes a cap and hook, while those with long hair should pick up a kit that contains a special application brush that lets you “paint” on the highlights.
Prefer a hair highlighting color that will give you the results you’re looking for. For a slight effect try buying a color only 2 to 3 shades lighter than your natural color. For a bolder look seek a light blonde or bold red as your highlight of choice.
Apply highlights on totally dry hair. If possible, try to highlight your hair on a day that you haven’t washed it. The natural oils of your hair will help out protect your strands during the coloring process.
Brush your hair thoroughly to remove all tangles. If you have long hair make sure you brush your hair into the style you normally wear. This will ensure you place your highlights right where they’ll make the most impact.
Open the kit and read the instructions from the beginning to the end before beginning. Make sure you read any cautions or recommendations as well.
Clutch the hook integrated in the kit as you would a pencil. Starting as close to your front hairline possible, cautiously puncture the selected holes of the cap with the hook. For the best results have the hook come in at a slight angle.
If you desire thin hair highlights that will improve your color but usually blend in, just pull out thin sections of hair from the punctured hole. For thicker and bolder highlights pull larger sections out by going deeper into your hair.
Carry on to carefully pulling out the preferred amount of strands until you satisfied. You may want to pull out sections only in the front for a subtle lift around the face or all over for a lighter effect throughout.
Once all the hair is pulled out the cap put on your protective gloves and mixes the coloring agents as directed. Be sure to shake the bottle well before applying to the hair.
Set timer for the chosen processing time, according to the kit’s directions and place a plastic loosely over highlights to keep the heat of your scalp intact. This heat will help the color process faster.
Once the time is up, make use of a towel to smoothly get rid of the color from one or two of the strands. Grab a section of the towel in both hands and place the hair between your hands. Rub back and forth in a lightly scrubbing motion until the strands are mostly free of color. Check to see that the color is close to what you wanted. Keep in mind, your hair is still moist from the color so it will dry slightly lighter than it shows now.
Once the color is completed remove the cap and wash your hair thoroughly. If possible, keep away from shampooing your hair to get rid of the color as the cuticle, or outer layer, of the hair is still slightly open. Washing might too soon remove or fade your new hair highlights. As an alternative rinse very well and apply a conditioner to seal the cuticle and moisturize the hair shaft.

This article has been provided courtesy of http://www.salonstpetersburg.com. Mission Aveda Salon – a Salon and Spa in Saint Petersburg, FL, who uses natural Aveda products offering wide range of hair care services, nail care services, skin care services.