Back in the 3rd century there were these Roman fellas. They were conquerors, to be sure, but a few of their number we undoubtedly pretty handy as this multitool suggests.
When the tool was unfolded, the solider would have had at his disposal a fork, spatula, pick, spike, and a knife. Also, the admiration of his geekier, adventurous peers. [Fitzwilliam Museum via Neatorama]