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(CNN) -- To celebrate 100 years of making Swiss Army Knives, manufacturers Victorinox have brought out the ultimate knife. Weighing in at around 1.25 kilograms and costing just short of $1,000, the "Giant" is the biggest of its type ever made.

85: The number of tools available on this special edition. These tools can be used in more than 100 functions and include such diverse instruments as a golf club face cleaner, a toothpick and a tire tread gauge.

1891: The year that Carl Elsener, owner of a company that made surgical equipment, discovered that the pocket knives supplied to the Swiss Army were made in Germany. Outraged, he founded the Association of Swiss Master and began working on what was the predecessor to the modern Swiss Army knife, called the "Soldier's Knife," which was renamed five years later.

2: The number of manufacturers that have officially produced the Swiss Army Knife. Elsener's company became Victorinox, while rivals Wenger set up production soon afterwards.

1908: The year the Swiss government brokered a deal whereby the army would take half its knives from Victorinox and half from Wenger. Victorinox marketed their knife as "the original Swiss Army Knife" while Wenger were allowed to call theirs the "genuine Swiss Army Knife." Last year Victorinox acquired Wenger, thus once again becoming the sole supplier of knives to the Swiss Army. However, they have kept both brands intact.

50,000: The amount of knives that are supplied to the Swiss Army each year, with the rest of production devoted to exports. The two different brands can be immediately distinguished by their logos. The Victorinox white Swiss cross is surrounded by a shield with bilateral symmetry, while the Wenger cross is surrounded by a slightly rounded square with quadrilateral symmetry. The knives supplied to the Swiss Army bear a simpler bilaterally-symmetric shield.


The special edition "Giant" knife will cost enthusiasts just short of $1,000.

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