Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ABC Wednesday - J is for Jackknife

According to Wikipedia, one of the definitions of a Jackknife is as a Pocketknife, and this is defined as follows:

A pocket knife is a folding knife with a blade that fits inside the handle and that is small enough to fit in a pocket. Blades are typically no larger than 3 to 5 in. (8 to 13 cm) in length. Pocket knives are very versatile tools, and may be used for anything from opening an envelope, to cutting twine, to slicing an apple.

The one in the picture above is mine and is technically called a Swiss Army Knife. It is made by Victorinox, and the knifes exist in more varieties than you can imagine. I think this one is somewhere in the middle of the range - it has to fit in my pocket, for instance. I am not quite sure what every tool is supposed to be used for, but they are not finicky. They'll withstand just about anything. At least I know the use of some of the more obvious ones.

BTW, this is my third knife from Victorinox. I bought the first one in 1970 and it lasted until the fastening ring finally gave away when we were on vacation in Denmark in 1993. I bought a new one in the nearest city at once.

I would still have had that one if I had not visited Barcelona in 2005. After having checked the luggage at the airport on the way home, I discovered that my knife was still in my pocket. I slipped it quietly into my backpack and hoped for the best. Nothing doing - the courteous people at the Spanish Security persuaded me that I had better leave it behind or stay behind. So Barcelona got one pocketknife richer and I one poorer. It belongs to the story that shortly after take-off, KLM served us food - with a steel knife and a steel fork to go with it.

But there is more: Last October we were on holiday on the island of Crete in Greece. What do you think I discovered in my pocket? Right - my pocketknife - only now I was in the plane, off the ground and on my way home...

As you can see - I still have it.


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55 comments:

Berit said...

Denne er kjekk, da har man hjelp til det meste.

ArneA said...

A good story and interesting security experience.
I just cannot understand the two "free" tools at your picture
Toothpick and something for the hair?

KOSTAS said...

Marvellous explanation! Am splendid and practical, have also I one similar!

Ida said...

A handy J. :)

oldmanlincoln said...

Great story and one I enjoyed reading. I have several of these. One is stainless steel and came from an old Army friend. He had them engraved with his name and Best Wishes and gave them out to friends. It must have been expensive.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

mrsnesbitt said...

Jon has had several of these and always has one in his pocket, together with a tape measure, but never any money! A bit like Prince Charles or the Queen, they never carry money! LOL!
He does say however that the original knives are the best, substitutes always break!

Pernille's ting og tang said...

So nice J!! It wasn't easy to find something to day starting with J!!! So I think this is a fantastic J and a nice photo:)

Anne-Berit said...

Interresting J-post,I think my husband has one of those.Have a nice day:o)

HildeS. said...

My dad used to have someone like that.
Interesting story about your knife.

Dirty Knees said...

Interesting experienced with your Swiss Army knives. So you got through security once and were denied once. Hmmmm. Something to think about next time I board a plane.

John said...

A great story Rune. I had severals of Swiss army knives, but they are all gone now. A good "J" post.

Have a nice day.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ahh... wonderful. These knives are handy especially for out here in the forest. From fishing, to camping, to carving a heart in the log. =)
...an extremely useful tool!

imac said...

Hi Rune, A very useful tool your Jack Knife. A very good J post too.

Daryl E said...

Husband had one of those and someone borrowed it while he was working .. never got it back .. you've reminded me I need to get him a new one! Thanks.

DeeMom said...

Always good to have a Swiss Army Knife great idea…

Randi said...

Du verden! fikk du den med deg på flyet, ja noen ganger glipper det for dem også.
Men den er virkelig en hendig sak. Ha du med den på tur så klarer du deg...og litt mat og drikke..:)

Ha en fin dag.

Paulie said...

Been a long time since I heard about the term jackknife. . . you have the best kind! Enjoyed the "story" and know you have the best!

Müge Tekil said...

A good story and an interesting "J" post :)

Friendly greetings,

Miss_Yves said...

A very clear photo!
In French "couteau suisse ", without any "J'"
Very useful for mac Gyver, isn't it ?
Miss Yves

Autumn said...

Great choice. I learned something new.

dot said...

Great post and I think a knife is essential for most men. My husband goes into a panic when he can't find his.

RAMOSFOREST.ENVIRONMENT said...

I like Jackknife very much. They are beautiful and useful one.

ellen b said...

The Jackknife has come to our rescue on many an occassion!

detroit dog said...

Hello Rune,

I've had several Swiss Army knives, too. They are great for camping, art gallery work, and to carry in the car for emergencies. (Though I also carry mine in my purse.)

I purchased my first in 1976 for a camping trip. In 1980 I was robbed at knife point - he took $11 and my Swiss Army knife. (sad)

leslie said...

EnJoyed your story about your Jack knives and isn't is ironic about the steel knife and fork! And you even got through security the last time with it in your pocket. Good J word today! :D

Ackworth Born said...

We went to Crete around the time of the scare on "liquids" and we couldn't take bottles of water airside at Manchester but had to buy it inside at inflated prices - coming home we just took the shop-bought water through OK.

On our Baltic cruise, I bought a small pair of scissors in Copenhagen and the cruise people wanted to stop me taking them on board - in the end they relented.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great J post, sure glad that you were able to keep it.

BumbleVee said...

Well,....I know you know what that cork screw thingy is for@!

The Swiss make some wonderful things...the most amazing one that I have just found...and bought...is a non stick pan called Swiss Diamond.... it is amazing. And...does exactly what it is supposed to do...cooks without things sticking!

photowannabe said...

That's the perfect knife for everything. Great picture for the J Wednesday.
The same thing happened to us when we were flying too.

Liz said...

What a great story - but a little worrying that you managed to get on the plane the second time!

Dick said...

I think I have one too, but haven't seen it in a long time. Nice picture and good story.

My little photo nook said...

aha! There it is -your pocket knife! I knew you had one.....I have a smaller one (womans size)Nice post!

Dragonstar said...

I could never afford the best, and imitations never work the same. Great J.

Neva said...

This is a great "J" post...I am glad you still have it....I hate to think of all the little things people have had to give up in the name of terrorism.....very nicely done.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Oooh yeh,
Don't bring your pocket knifewith you at the checkin by plane, because they safety guards take your knife boohoo that happened to me twice (stupid?)

Greeting from ABC's 'J' JoAnn :)

david mcmahon said...

Every handyman has to have a Swiss army knife. I enjoyed the story of your airport encounter!

Diana said...

yep, you wouldn't be able to have that story today - you'd had lost that jack knife to security! I'm glad you still have it. memories are good.

becky voyles said...

Great story. My husband is into knife collecting. I think I have given him at least 2 similar to this one for Christmas. Now he gives knives as Christmas gifts to male family members.

DigitalShutterMania said...

It's very useful and I sometimes use it for fixing my stuff too.

Sharon said...

Great post, and good story. I loved the irony of you having to give up your knife but eating ont he plane with steel utensils!

My husband has one similar to this and loves it.

AVCR8TEUR said...

Those things are so useful. I would've been very sad to give up something like that to security and later use a fork and knife on board during your meal.

quintarantino said...

Had you been caught in somewhere else and I guess you wouldn´t be showing us your jacknife :)

Those swiss army knifes are an amazing masterpiece. I also have one and it is pretty useful.

Gemma said...

I have one too! They come in handy at the most unusual times.

Katney said...

My husband has lost one or two pocketknives and a pair of moustache scissors to airline security.

My Swiss Army Knife is handy when I can find it. It is much smaller--only a blade, a screwdriver, and a pair of scissors.

Gordon said...

A pity you lost such a splendid knife to security; we have to be so careful now at checkin. I know them as Swiss Army Knives and pocket knives; not jacknives - but we always learn something new on ABC Wed.

Powell River Books said...

I too had to give up a knife I forgot about in my backpack. I no longer have a jackknife, but I always have trouble backing my trailer up because it wants to become one. - Margy

hpy said...

I have one of those but it's partly broken!

Outhouse Capital of Canada said...

There are also Junk knockoffs of the Swiss Knife, not a patch on the real thing.
I remember the jack knife as having one blade and a pointed awl that was used to remove stones from horses shoes

Siani said...

That's a great ABC story. It's scary to think you went through security twice with a knife in your pocket. Thanks for visiting my ABC.

Lara said...

these things always amazed me!

Andrea said...

Great "J" post. I was not able to get to all the ABC Wednesday posts because she closed her comments and I could not find who posted since she didn't have Mr. Linky either. Wednesday was very confusing to me.

VP said...

I have exactly the same knife - it used to accompany me everywhere in my backpack too. Mine was discovered at Dublin airport - on the way home. Luckily they gave me the option to put my backpack in the hold luggage. I would have hated to have lost it as it was a present from my husband's parents one Christmas.

kml said...

Great post -I have one of those too!

Kerri said...

A Great J post!!

Suzi-k said...

max always says "a man can never have too many knives!" I always keep my little leatherman squirt in my handbag, it is so useful. I had the same experience, and my previous favourite knife was taken away by airport security in Johannesburg, I was so sad to leave it behind!