Yep, it’s a Victorinox, and I paid 50 cents. It’s the pruner knife. And a beauty. A Swiss Gardeny Knife.
The shears are “electricians scissors” but my former neighbor the journeyman didn’t know how he’d use them. Handy, small, and stout. Sharpening scissors is quite simple if you take your time.
The wire stripper is no mystery. I like having both the smaller ones and the larger ones. The smaller pair gets a lot of use in wiring musical instruments.
But the fork? Why a fork? To tune the instruments?
What you see is a beforefork, two pruned forks, and, finally, a formerfork now a bona fide woodworker’s striking knife. You can pay lots of bucks for one of these, but for 50 cents or so, a brief flirtation with a hacksaw, a few minutes at the grinder, and some buffing, you’ve got a great tool with a history.
The best forks have rosewood handles, but any nice one will work. Even the wood handles that have been abused in the dishwasher will sand up (and if they’re rosewood, will re-oil themselves before your very orbs).
And you thought there was nothing, ahem, remarkable about one of those forks.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"