The Switch multi-tool knife is another demonstration that the multi-tool pocket knife, with us since the mid-1890s with the development of the Swiss Army Knife by Karl Elsener, continues to attract designers looking to extend the bounds of pocket knives.
Recently I wrote here of the impressive, though somewhat absurd Wenger Giant Swiss Army Knife, with its 87 tools. The Switch multi-tool knife takes a more modular approach. There are 18 tools, but you can pick and choose which of the 18 you want to include. As demonstrated in the graphic below, you simply place the tools you require of the 18 between the top and bottom cover plates, tighten, and you’re ready to be your own personal MacGyver. Ready for any catastrophe, needing only your Switch knife, bamboo, and elastic bands to make a machine to help you escape from captivity, or evil henchmen.
What tools does the Switch knife have?
All up, the Switch multi-tool knife, pocket knife, tool, call it what you will, has 18 attachments you can employ. They are: Standard Knife, Pliers, Scissors, Nail File, Tweezers, Thin Flathead Screwdriver, Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Eyeglass Phillips-Head Screwdriver, Eyeglass Flathead Screwdriver, Wood Saw, Serrated Blade, Corkscrew, Combination Bottle Opener/Flathead Screwdriver, Combination Can Opener/Wire Stripper, Pen, Magnifying Glass, LED Flashlight, 1GB USB Memory Stick.
Update – 10 November 2013
It’s been a while since I visited this product, and it seems to have led a long process without the product coming to be. Sadly, this update has been posted on the Switch’s crowdinvesting page:
Not every idea can become a product immediately. Sometimes what seems good on paper can have issues when being designed, manufactured and marketed. This invention sadly falls into this category. Sign up for updates to learn if this idea starts development again.