An antiques roadshow expert accidentally stabs himself with a pen knife—but manages to stop himself from swearing on camera.
On Sunday’s episode of the BBC show expert Mark Allam examines a 19th-century piece.
The item had several sharp tools attached to it, and as Mark thanked the guest for bringing it, he pointed it with his hand and accidentally stabbed himself.
Winning and breathing heavily, he said: “Sugar! I just stabbed myself.”
Then he held out his hand and thumb to show the cut as he and the guests were laughing.
Discussing its origins minutes before the accident, Mark explained that it would have been “an exhibition piece” and not made for everyday use.
He commented: “It was mainly made to show just how good the particular manufacturing company was because apparently, it’s a 48-blade multi-tool.
“Now, I say blade because of course, there’s a huge variety of different tools on it. There’s everything from scissors to a gun cartridge remover, to a bone saw… I mean, the sky really is the limit.” “
Mark said: “While this item has 48-blades, they’ve actually made them up to 100 blades at once, and sometimes even 200 blades.”
As the shocked owner learned the information, Mark further revealed that he found a manufacturer’s mark on the item, showing that it was made in Sheffield and further adding to the value of the Penknife.
“I know it’s very personal to you, and I know it was your father’s – but the market for these is very, very strong,” said the expert.
“It’s also very strong in America, where they worship these multi-tools …
“If it were to go to auction, I could easily make it two to three thousand pounds.”
Clearly shocked by the figure, the owner gasped and said: “Oh, have mercy on me.
“It’s amazing, it absolutely stunned me! It really shook me to the ground.”
Antiques Roadshow airs on BBC One on Sundays.
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