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The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Viewpoint - By ross Bil­ton

Vic­tori­nox Pi­o­neer Ne­spresso Dharkan

What is it? A Swiss army knife with a twist: in­stead of the tra­di­tional red plas­tic body, it’s made of alu­minium re­cy­cled from Ne­spresso cof­fee pods. Why? So Vic­tori­nox can shout its eco cre­den­tials from the rooftops – and charge a whop­ping mark-up (120 bucks!) on ac­count of this be­ing a “lim­ited edi­tion” ob­jet. is it Worth it? The petrol blue, tex­tured body ren­ders what is al­ready a beau­ti­ful pocket knife even more lovely. From the colour scheme to the tac­tile fin­ishes, and the el­e­gant mech­a­nism that en­sures each tool opens and closes with a soft snap, this thing’s a plea­sure to (be)hold. any­thing else? I just love the fact that among the seven tools in this thor­oughly mod­ern knife is a spike for pick­ing stones out of horses’ hooves – I mean, you’ll never use it, of course, but it’s strangely reassuring to have. Like men’s nip­ples, right? Just in case…

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