A 2000-year-old tool that has gone on display in a Cambridge museum has been taken as proof that the Romans invented the Swiss army knife.
The Roman version of the famous multi-purpose tool includes a spoon, knife, three pronged fork, spike and even what looks like a toothpick.
At only 15cm long it would have fitted easily into the pocket of a discerning diner and is easy to clean and sharpen thanks to the silver and iron used to make it.
The Roman eating implement has been estimated to date from between 201 to 300 AD and originates from the Mediterranean region of Europe.
The tool is currently on display for the first time at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Lucy Theobald, a spokesperson for the museum, said: “It’s believed to be an example of a Roman ‘Swiss army knife’ – a silver implement with a knife, spoon, fork, a spike for extracting meat from snails, and a spatula, which is believed to have been used for poking sauce out of narrow-necked bottles.”
No plastic, either. Every bit is repairable or easily replaceable. If you don’t remember when repairing things used to be part of design.