Swiss Flame: A Swiss Army Knife with a Built-in Lighter

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Updated June 27, 2022

Swiss Flame

Swiss Army knives are a must have for any self respecting boyscout.  Each knife, at the very least, includes a corkscrew, a nail file, a serrated blade, a straight blade, a pair of tweezers and a toothpick.  In terms of survival it was the ultimate tool and the more blades or gadgets your Swiss Army knife sported the cooler it was.  However, and looking back in retrospect, it was missing one major tool.  What’s that you ask?  A lighter.

Enter the Swiss Flame from Victorinox.  But before you get too gitty, you should know that these were discontinued in 2005, despite only receiving a 3 year manufacturing run.  Insult to injury, they were never made legal in the US since they were considered unsafe.  How these are any less safe then a regular butane lighter is unknown, but perhaps it had something to do with sharp blades and fire being contained in a pocket friendly package.  Also, let’s not over look 9-11, which must have played into the demise of these super handy tools.

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