“Handiest kit known…”

As advertised in the June 1931 issue of Boy’s Life:

“The Combo” only $1.00 Prepaid SIX HANDY UTENSILS IN ONE–knife, fork, spoon, can opener, corkscrew, bottle opener. Locks together in one unit 5 1/2 ” long. Chromium plated, sturdy, and substantial. Handiest kit known for tourist, camper, fisherman, hunter, guide, boy scout, trapper. Satisfaction guaranteed. Dealers write for prices. SEND YOUR DOLLAR TODAY TO The Atwood Combination Six Co., Oakland, Maine.

The Atwood is marked -ATWOOD- COMBINATION SIX PAT. APL’D FOR MADE IN U.S.A.

John King of Oakland, Maine was awarded patent #854,745 for his combined fork and spoon 24 years prior to the ad in Boy’s Life.

And, clearly there has to be a connection, as it looks as if John King’s folding knife and spoon are 2 combinations of Atwood’s Combination Six:

Fortuitously, Atwood somehow explained to John King, that he needed four more combinations…

And, included a can opener, bottle opener, and most importantly a corkscrew…

A neat addition to the collection, and a patent/patent applied for corkscrew from Maine.

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