Antique Muli-Tool Features over 100 Blades and a .22-Caliber Pistol {7 Pictures}

The swiss army knife company does not have a thing on this elaborate. multi-tool. It has just about every tool imaginable and some you never even thought of. The behemoth features over 100 blades and a working .22 caliber pistol.

According to National Museum Of American History,  This intricate and complicated multi-tool was produced in Solingen, Germany, around the early 1880s for J. S. Holler & Co.’s cutlery store in New York City.

“If you count the miniatures inside the tortoiseshell handle covers, it has 100 “blades.” They include pocket knife blades of every style imaginable, a serrated blade, two dagger blades, several different types of shears and scissors, an auger, a corkscrew, two saws, a lancet, button hook, cigar cutter, tuning fork, pens and mechanical pencils, mirror, straight razor, and a functional .22-caliber five-shot pinfire revolver.” 

“This knife wasn’t really meant to be carried. Knives like this were made exclusively for exhibition to highlight the cutlers’ art. They were so difficult to make they were only attempted by the most notable firms with the most talented artisans. They could be seen at various fairs and industrial expositions during the nineteenth century.”