Victorinox Swiss Army Knives has combined man’s oldest tool with modern innovation in its new knife, the Presentation Master. Based on the best-selling classic knife pattern, with the standard knife, file blade/screwdriver, foldout scissors, and key ring, at first, the knife looks like the traditional pocketknife.
The remainder of the knife offers a 32GB foldout storage drive with the of data-encryption technology that is accessed by the recognition of your fingerprint. During the recent CES Show (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, held just days before the SHOT Show, Victorinox offered a $100,000 bounty for anyone who could get by the data-encryption technology. There were no takers.
The innovations in this petite package do not stop with a large advanced memory drive. The name “Presentation Master” denotes a laser pointer incorporated into the knife, and a Bluetooth remote control for a PC notebook. For frequent airline travelers, there is also a version without a knife blade called the Presentation Master Flight. Even if you own the bladed version, the memory drive is removable, allowing the traveler to carry the data drive on their person while checking the knife in their luggage. The knife is scheduled for an April 2010 release.
Specifics for the Presentation Master include a knife, USB flash drive with a 32GB maximum capacity, and a biometric fingerprint sensor. It is AES- and DES-encryption capable and requires Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, Windows 7, Bluetooth, and one free USB 2.0 port.
Price was undetermined at this writing, but suggest retail is expected to be in the $200 range. For up-to-date information, check the Victorinox Swiss Army website at www.swissarmy.com.
Text and Photos by KI Staff