John Lennon’s Swiss Army Knife

“All you need is love…” is probably one of the most profound and simple messages ever sung, preached or uttered in the history of the world. John Lennon’s message of peace and harmony is needed today more than ever and the designers of this “Swiss Peace Knife” could not agree more. Taking the cutting edge and negative association away from the words “army” and “knife” and replacing it with a message of love and care, designers  Qian Jiang, Yiying Wu and  Carolina  Flores reinterpret this icon of multi-functionality into a handy pocket tool that houses a pill box, bandages, disinfectant spray and whistle. ” koo koo koo joob” guys, nice job!

Designer: Qian Jiang, Yiying Wu & Carolina Flores

61 Comments

  • 金金乐道 says:

    broke and build up again,nice re-design

  • willyolio says:

    neat idea for the most part… but pill dispenser? if you need medication i’m sure there’s a better container than an all-purpose tool.

    a flashlight or something would probably work better in its place.

    • Wow.... says:

      Wow… what a piece of crap this is. Band-aids? What for… from cutting yourself removing the blade? lol

      • ignorance is ignoran says:

        The light idea is good, but it shouldn't replace the pills case, if anything they should put a LED light strip on the side. As for wow's comment about the knife being removed, I understand why you may be disgruntled. I got my first knife at the age of six when i was a cub scout (boy scouts for kids), and i've carried one ever since. A knife does come in handy but there is also the fact of the many times i've cut myself and have needed a band aid. It's a great invention for you everyday hiker.

      • ignorance is ignorance, not bliss says:

        The light idea is good, but it shouldn’t replace the pills case, if anything they should put a LED light strip on the side. As for wow’s comment about the knife being removed, I understand why you may be disgruntled. I got my first knife at the age of six when i was a cub scout (boy scouts for kids), and i’ve carried one ever since. A knife does come in handy but there is also the fact of the many times i’ve cut myself and have needed a band aid. It’s a great invention for you everyday hiker.

    • cra says:

      i think those are happy -love type pills dude. ha.

  • shenanigans61 says:

    Um…what? Past being supplied to the Swiss Army, I don’t really think the Swiss Army Knife is made to promote or condone war anymore…it’s just kind of…you know, a pocket knife?

    I wonder if they have Wenger’s permission to use their logo…?
    That said, Victorinox FTW.

  • Miranda Kali says:

    Oh dear.
    I’m very sad now. (of course, Both Victorinox and Wenger have been making “swiss army knives without knives” for a while. ….but this is just another way to propagate the idea).
    Knives are good, people. Along with opposable thumbs and fire, they helped get us where we are today. (‘scuse me now, while I go try to figure out how to attach a blade to my iPhone)

  • Lizard_King says:

    Why does it seem that there is no all-in one with everything we may need? Howabout a combo of the following:
    • Lighter from the Victorinox Campflame or SwissFlame (and make it available in the US)
    • Scissors from the Wenger knives. The Victorinox scissors suck.
    • L.E.D. Flashlight
    • That little semi-useless saw, so I can cut through popsicle sticks or something. Seriously, I would prefer a saw handle for replaceable jigsaw blades. Swiss Army hacksaw anyone?
    • File
    • 1/4″ bit driver
    • LOCKING blade. I know the blades are light duty, but non-locking blades are dangerous.

    Maybe I’m asking too much 😉 Seriously, I have a swissflame I brought back from Germany. Very cool.

    • e.bender says:

      thats a huge list. if you look at a regular swiss army knife, its probably do-able. lighter on the side ( relocating either the toothpick or tweezer), scissors replace flathead w/o bottle opener (you forgot about the beer utensil man!), L.E.D. opposite of the lighter, a saw arm that has a variety of switchable blades, from wood to metal, file replacing mini knife, 1/4 where corkscrew would be (beer is beter anyways), and a locking NON SERATED (cuz serations suck) blade with an Benchmade style axis lock. Im a hobbyist knife maker, this is do-able.
      EB

    • Andy Suth says:

      Lizard King:

      If SAK had locking blades, British police would put me in jail for 2 years (I kid not!).

      Under UK law the Slip Joint on a Swiss Army Knife is the only thing that stops the police state of Gordon Brown Locking up people with pocket knives.

      Hence the Leatherman Juice ARE ILLEGAL to carry in the UK, as they can be locked.

      The idea is that if it can lock, then it is easier to knife someone without cutting your own fingers.

      Quite why a 32 year old professional engineer would want to knife someone is beyond me.

      -Andy

  • 金金乐道 says:

    broke and build up again,nice re-design

  • phrancis says:

    Having been through the cub scouts, boy scouts, an undergrad, and master’s of industrial design program with a swiss army knife in my pocket, I have to say it’s the most versatile tool I have ever owned. The swiss army knife was originally issued as a survival tool than a weapon and to equate the words “army” and “knife” with some kinda evil connotation is the most pc load of crap I have ever heard…

  • lunar says:

    nice re-design
    carry on

  • GregWC says:

    Why the rape whistle? Thats not very peaceful.

  • m0r30rl3ss says:

    well at least this one gets through the airport.. sadly swiss knives have become socialy obsolete.

    • ignorance is ignoran says:

      yah and so have shoes with fuses sticking out of the soles, man there went my whole shoe collection. But anyway I'm American and Americans need to suck it up and stop worrying about terrorists all the time, there not gonna follow us home people. This may seem heartless, but people need to suck it up, 9/11 was a huge tragedy i understand, and i would have been full throttle for the war if we went after the people who actually did it. Terrorists live off fear, hence the name terrorists, thus if people would stop looking over there shoulder every five seconds they would lose there power.

    • ignorance is ignorance, not bliss says:

      yah and so have shoes with fuses sticking out of the soles, man there went my whole shoe collection. But anyway I’m American and Americans need to suck it up and stop worrying about terrorists all the time, there not gonna follow us home people. This may seem heartless, but people need to suck it up, 9/11 was a huge tragedy i understand, and i would have been full throttle for the war if we went after the people who actually did it. Terrorists live off fear, hence the name terrorists, thus if people would stop looking over there shoulder every five seconds they would lose there power.

  • phrancis says:

    If this is some kind of social / political statement then come out and say it, because there are already better designed compact first aid kits and such.

    • ignorance is ignoran says:

      this is a design/art site people express ideas through art, so of course this is a social/political statement. Kill the sarcasm.

    • ignorance is ignorance, not bliss says:

      this is a design/art site people express ideas through art, so of course this is a social/political statement. Kill the sarcasm.

  • Tao Ma says:

    i like this design!

  • yorbs says:

    The rape whistle is there because anyone caught with this, is ostensibly a rape victim in the making.

    “all u need is love is great”, but man has only gotten where he is today by using tools to dominate over the other animals. Try using this to take down a dinosaur. LOL

    Tools are tools, they don’t make the violence (but guns do make for a very unfair advantage) it’s the people behind them, and usually the people who are responsible for the most violence never pick up a tool to do it, they “inspire” other people to do the violence.

    I bet the vast majority of swiss army knives have not been used in a violent manor, so there kinda preaching up the wrong tree here.

    This is beyond stupid!

    Any man who would seriously consider buying this should use a traditional swiss army knife to hand over everything that makes him a man to pay for it.. cause thats what your effectively doing to yourself.

    Any woman who would seriously consider buying this should be advised to NEVER leave her house under any circumstances, because she obviously has no clue about how dangerous this world is.

    Tigers have teeth and claws, humans have tools. We need these to survive in this world, thats reality. Deal with it

    • Clarify says:

      now you have forced me to think of 14 ways to kill you with my spoon….

      listen, anyone resourceful enough can pretty much kill you with any random object. all Neanderthalic political views aside, this is a nice design and a nice idea… just my two cents, no back to your rapping and killing. 😉

      • yorbs says:

        Thats just plain retarded and you completely missed my point!

        The point was simply that they had taken a useful, practical product.. that wasn’t originally designed to be a killing machine, and re-designed it to be “more safe” or “better for the environment” type of politically correct BS!

        The original swiss army knife is an innocent bystander and their directing their political views in the wrong direction.

        A far better example was the ak-47 table lamp by Starck
        http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/home/starcks-ak47-115165.php

        But it would have been better to have used a real ak47 and to have ripped out all the insides. (that way you take a real device for killing and turn it into something useful)

        I just feel that this design tries to paint the wrong picture of the original swiss army knife. And thats just not fair.

    • ignorance is ignoran says:

      Your obviously and insecure little man, who needs large trucks and many knives to fell good about themselves. A true man does not need knives to be a man, there a man because they say so and they have the cofidence to do whatever they want when they want because they know its right and noone is going to stand in there way. A few of there real men of that walk this earth was Mohatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. We need tools to survive and its not our tools that have put man at the top of the chain, its the ability to learn from his mistakes. Being a man is more about mental superiority than the tools he used to display that superiority.

    • ignorance is ignorance, not bliss says:

      Your obviously and insecure little man, who needs large trucks and many knives to fell good about themselves. A true man does not need knives to be a man, there a man because they say so and they have the cofidence to do whatever they want when they want because they know its right and noone is going to stand in there way. A few of there real men of that walk this earth was Mohatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. We need tools to survive and its not our tools that have put man at the top of the chain, its the ability to learn from his mistakes. Being a man is more about mental superiority than the tools he used to display that superiority.

  • rob says:

    whistle’s are used for things other then rape, lost my hiking group…
    my issue is with the rape band aids and the viagra dispenser

  • Druged out dude says:

    Do they make one cool things like to put your weed in and your things like a weed lighter and rolling papers and other stuff if so this must be it man they don’t give much room for your stuff I do like the pill box part of this but what about the weed box

  • Andy Suth says:

    PILL DISPENSER? WITH NO “VIOLENT SLIP JOINTED BLADE”

    ….Because the drug sub culture is such a peaceful thing.

    Who ever heard of someone using the swiss army knife to hurt someone but the injured person being helped by a peace loving drug dealer?

  • Crocodilo says:

    To go along with the rape whistle, might as well put in a condom dispenser, instead of the band-aid gadget. The pill holder should do well for Viagra, indeed…

    • ignorance is ignoran says:

      man somebody ways whistle and 10 people say rape, get your mind out of the gutter people.

    • ignorance is ignorance, not bliss says:

      man somebody ways whistle and 10 people say rape, get your mind out of the gutter people.

  • hate sheeple... says:

    i have a knife because it is hard to cut stuff with my gun…

  • Das Wulf says:

    Upon seeing this I thought it was a farce. Yet, now that I see the creators mean for it to be taken seriously, it remains a farce and perhaps more amusing than I found it initially.

  • Slack One says:

    They missed a sterling opportunity…what’s a Swiss knife without tweezers? Take a cue from the Victorinox plus knives, and have the traditional tweezers and straight pin on the other side of the handle. Now you could pluck out that splinter, hit it with disinfectant, stick a band-aid on it, and take an aspirin, for your most stressful boo-boos! You’ll feel so good you’ll feel like making music…with your handy whistle!

    (this is no less silly than swiss army memory sticks :)

  • hello drug culture says:

    I wonder if you could revamp it so it could fit rolling papers in the band-aid compartmant… it would be easy enough to turn that wistle into a pipe though, I think this thing would sell well.

  • ReginaPhalange says:

    This thing is anything BUT peaceful. It makes a dangerous assumption about both people and sharp things, which is a very hostile one. Just because it's a knife, does not mean it's a weapon.
    The knife, being one of man's oldest TOOLS, is not automagically an aggressive, weapon-y, dangerous object. Anything, even two fingers extended in the "Peace sign" can be used as a weapon–ever heard of an eye gouge? The knife has made many other things possible, including making OTHER TOOLS. Without the knife, we wouldn't have much else, including a "civilized" way to eat our food. In fact, unless this thing came in uber-green packaging, you'd probably need a knife to get it out of the package.

    BTW, for all those people who are phobic about pocket knives, hunting knives, anything sharp, better stay out of your own kitchens. Stay out of the sewing stuff, too, 'cause scissors are just two knives screwed together. Put that in your bong and smoke it.

  • ReginaPhalange says:

    This thing is anything BUT peaceful. It makes a dangerous assumption about both people and sharp things, which is a very hostile one. Just because it's a knife, does not mean it's a weapon.
    The knife, being one of man's oldest TOOLS, is not automagically an aggressive, weapon-y, dangerous object. Anything, even two fingers extended in the “Peace sign” can be used as a weapon–ever heard of an eye gouge? The knife has made many other things possible, including making OTHER TOOLS. Without the knife, we wouldn't have much else, including a “civilized” way to eat our food. In fact, unless this thing came in uber-green packaging, you'd probably need a knife to get it out of the package.

    BTW, for all those people who are phobic about pocket knives, hunting knives, anything sharp, better stay out of your own kitchens. Stay out of the sewing stuff, too, 'cause scissors are just two knives screwed together. Put that in your bong and smoke it.

  • Notelling says:

    I'm really surprised not more people like this design. I think it is at least conceptually really neat.

  • Notelling says:

    I'm really surprised not more people like this design. I think it is at least conceptually really neat.

  • Armed Mage says:

    This is a very well thought-out design. The whistle is for calling for help when the bad guy attacks, the bandages and disinfectant spray address the wounds being inflicted upon you while waiting for help to arrive, and the pill box has both medical and recreational uses.

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