Thomas Jefferson’s Pockets: Jefferson’s “Swiss Army knife”

Anonymous said…

Thought you and the kids would enjoy seeing Thomas Jefferson’s SAK!

February 18, 2011 10:05 AM

Nice find, thanks!
Incredible that Jefferson would carry something so similar to what we’re talking about.
By the way, does anyone recognize the rest of the tools? Is that a silver lighter?
Check out his multi-tool. These where high quality, apparently made by Kippax:

This is VERY similar to the Huntsman II. Its like the one I bought for my son and nephew, but with a saw instead of the magnifying glass. Yes, I think this one is better since the saw can be more handy than the glass, but they didn’t have this one in the store.
Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife (Red)
Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman Pocket Knife (Red) $27.63

Check the website linked above in the comment. The tool is part of Jefferson’s EDC, his “pockets”, but apparently those in charge … lets say… “decided” … not to show Jefferson’s most controversial EDC, his handgun.

“Before they built this new visitors center, the old visitors center contained what I remember to be this set of items, and the set was called “Jefferson’s pockets.”  In the old visitors center – this display set contained an additional item:  A pistol with a removable barrel.  The pistol is no longer on display with this set.  When I inquired as to why it was no longer there – I was told that “it was taken off display.”  Since I could already see that – I asked about the decision process.  They told me it could have been removed for any number of reasons.  I didn’t inquire any further.”

Is it possible that they have a liberal agenda and dont want people to see that the founding father packed steel daily as the most ordinary thing? I hope they had a good excuse to remove the gun from the “Thomas Jefferson pockets” display, and weren’t driven by some politically correct agenda.

Here’s a link to a thread in edcforums where they talk about Jefferson’s EDC.


Thomas Jefferson’s Pockets: Jefferson’s “Swiss Army knife” — 1 Comment

  1. I think I remember seeing Jefferson’s pistols (as I recall, there were several) during my tour of the Smithsonian or one of the other museums on the mall. Giving the benefit of the doubt, perhaps that is why they are not at Monticello.

    I may be wrong, but it looks like the silver case is what was used to carry the caliper- and divider-looking tools. That is really a great photo to follow yesterday’s discussion!

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