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WWII US ARMY AIR CORPS Master Pilot 2 inch Sterling Silver WINGS PIN by Meyer
$110.00
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$9.99
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$49.95
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German Army Paratrooper Edelweiss Mountain Troop Uniform Award Pin Badge Medal
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$40.99
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VINTAGE WWII US ARMY AIR FORCE OBSERVER NEW YORK METAL WINGS PIN
$143.99
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US Military Army Logo Crest To Support and Serve Crossed Swords Pin Tac
$9.95
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Vintage WW2 Era Original United States Army Sterling Submachine Gun Expert Pin
$10.00
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$11.61
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$19.88
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VINTAGE 1950 US ARMY EISENHOWER DRESS JACKET UN MARKED NO PIN HOLES
$39.95
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WW2 US Army Service Ruptured Duck Pin Screwback sterling
$19.99
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$30.00
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$55.00
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$7.99
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$7.00
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$6.00
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60 PERIOD WWII US ARMY BRASS COLLAR PINS 6 A BRASS PINS 54 US PINS
$45.00
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$9.99
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$49.99
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$7.99
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WW1 US Army 21st Infantry Collar Disk US 21 Screwback
$30.00
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1941 1972 WWII 4th Armored Div TIE CLASP Bar Pin Clip Breakthrough US ARMY A
$34.99
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VINTAGE ARMY PINBACK AND RIBBON
$28.00
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WWII Half Track Auti Track Tank Army DI DUI pin Scout Car Unit 414th Recon RARE
$150.00
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WWII US ARMY AIR SENOIR PILOT WINGS 3 JOSTEN STERLING
$175.00
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2 VINTAGE STERLING US ARMY WINGS
$15.00
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WWII US ARMY 15th AIR CORPS PIN STERLING
$38.00
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WWII US ARMY AIR CORPS Master Pilot 2 inch WINGS PIN by Meyer
$29.99
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VINTAGE US ARMY 49th ARMORED DIV DUI DI Crest pin
$30.00
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WWII WW2 US ARMY INSIGNIA PIN BADGE MEDAL LOT
$17.50
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Unknown Army Air Corps Crest DI DUI CB Aresta HM
$3.95
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WW2 US ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS DISC COLLAR INSIGNIA PIN
$2.99
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KS WWII WW2 US ARMY Good Conduct Medal Button Lapel Collar
$8.95
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WWII Army Tunic Ike Jacket Patches Pins Campaign Ribbons Tags Photo
$250.00
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US Army Air Crew Mini Wings
$6.00
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Army DI pin 169th Infantry Regiment pb no hallmark
$4.95
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WW2 era US Army Air Corp WING AND PROP BRACELET MADE FROM UNIFORM WING EXC
$12.49
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rare WWII sterling silver stamped colonel miniture rank pin army authentic
$22.00
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WWII Womens Land Army British Enamel Pin Original
$38.00
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WWII US Army sterling parachutist qualification badge jump wings by Heller
$73.95
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US ARMY WW2 VINTAGE QUARTERMASTER EAGLE KEY ORIGINAL COLLAR DISK SCREW BACK
$5.25
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vintage army expert riflemans badge sterling
$19.99
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US Army USMC Beer Can DI Distintive Unit Insignia Military Pin Crossed Swords
$19.99
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$9.99
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Pair WW2 Army Signal Corps Officers Brass
$7.99
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Pre WW2 Army Dental Corp Officers Shirt Brass
$7.99
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$76.25
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WW2 Army Transportation Corps Collar Disc
$2.99
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WWII US Army 1st First Army Patch Type DUI Unit Insignia Crest Pin
$4.95
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WWII US Army 155th Infantry Rgt Officers Collar Pin Insignia
$6.65
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$14.99
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WWII Post War US Aid To Secretary of The Army Insignia Set of 2
$19.99
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WWII Army Officer Barracks Hat Badge GOOD SHAPE
$19.99
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Vintage WWII US Army Military Pins 14 Infantry Crossed Rifles Collar Insignias
$24.99
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WW II U S ARMY AIR CORPS HAT BADGE PIN ORIGINAL NM
$37.55
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WWII ARMY SHIRT SIZE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE PINBACK
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NS Meyer US Army Silver Filled Medal with Sterling Missile Bar
$16.95
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WWII Sterling Army Air Corps Air Forces Officer Wings Insignia Lot Of 6
$14.99
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Sterling Silver and Enamel WWII Army Navy Production Award
$7.95
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Sterling Silver US Army 20 Year Service Pin His Lordship
$24.95
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$24.95
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WWII Sterling Army Air Corps Air Forces Officer Wings Insignia
$11.99
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Sterling Silver Vintage US Army Marksman Medal with Carbine Bar
$17.95
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Sterling Silver Vintage US Army Marksman Medal with Rifle D Bar
$17.95
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Unique WW2 US Army Officer Artillery Collar insignia Pin 2 with screw caps
$45.00
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VINTAGE WWII E Pluribus Unum Eagle shield patch unused ARMY
$20.00
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WWII Army Air Corps Air Forces AAF Officer Wings Insignia Set GREAT SHAPE
$23.99
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WWII Army Air Corps Air Forces AAF Officer Wings Insignia Set
$19.99
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Vintage WWII WW2 Sterling Silver Army Air Corp Propeller Wings Pin 1 1 2
$19.99
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$12.95
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WWII Sterling Army Air Corps Air Forces Propeller Home Front Sweetheart Pin
$39.99
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US ARMY MEDIC BADGE PIN STERLING SILVER EXPERT FIELD MEDICAL VIET NAM ERA
$15.00
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WWII WW2 US Army 99TH Infantry Division Patch and WW II Pin
$4.99
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WWII Army Air Corps Air Forces AAF Officer Wings Insignia Set AMAZING CONDITION
$32.99
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ORIGINAL US 1ST ARMY DUI DI CREST INSIGNIA PIN BACK PB
$1.99
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ORIGINAL STERLING SILVER WWII US ARMY COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE CIB NICE
$29.95
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Home Front Pin Army Air Corps Keep Em Flying winged prop Plastic WWII
$14.95
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2 Vintage WWII Army Air Corp Propeller Wings Pin Back
$25.00
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WWII US Army Sterling Silver Staff Sergeant Sweetheart Pin
$15.00
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Vintage Sterling Silver WWII Army Air Force Pilots Wings Pin Back 16 grams
$55.00
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WW2 ARMY AIR CORP AERIAL GUNNER WINGS STERLING 2 PIN BACK
$19.50
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WW2 US ARMY AIRBORNE PARATROOPERS JUMP WINGS QUALIFICATION BADGE STERLING
$224.95
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CLUTCH PIN ARMY MASTER PARATROOPER JUMP WINGS
$44.95
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Army Pin

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 $1,200.

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.

About the Author

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

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