It is not actually designed as a gardening knife, but the top-of-the-range Swiss Champ model (pounds 47.95) is far too useful to be passed over for such a pettifogging reason. It is a very versatile tool kit that weighs only 160g and nestles in a waistcoat pocket.
There are 16 blades, but only two are for cutting: 'blade' embraces scissors, wire stripper, wire cutter, wood and metal saws, reamer, two screwdrivers, chisel, pliers, metal file and magnifying glass, to name but a few. Items concealed in the ends include tweezers - useful for removing thorns - and even a tiny pen.
Less elaborate versions of this design classic, produced by the same Swiss family business - Victorinox - since 1897, cost as little as pounds 4.25. And lest you should think that I am the only adult who loves his Swiss Army knife, I must point out that Chris Bonington, the climber, Per Lindstrand, the balloonist, Alan Coren, the writer, and Sir John Harvey-Jones, the industrialist, are also fans.Reuse content