AN ANTIQUES Roadshow expert accidentally stabbed himself with a pen knife – but managed to stop himself swearing on camera.
Sunday's episode of the BBC show saw expert Marc Allum examined the 19th century piece.
The item had multiple sharp implements attached, and as Marc thanked the guest for bringing it in, he gestured with his hand and accidentally stabbed himself.
Wincing and taking a sharp intake of breath, he said: "Sugar! I've just stabbed myself."
He then held up his hand and thumb to show the cut as he and the guest laughed.
Discussing its origins a few minutes before the accident, Marc had explained it would have been "an exhibition piece" and not made for everyday use.
He commented: "It was primarily made just to show how good the particular manufacturing company was because obviously, this is a 48-blade multi-tool.
"Now, I say blades because of course, there is a massive variety of different tools on this. There’s everything from scissors, to gun cartridge remover, a bone saw… I mean the sky is the limit with this really."
Marc added: "While this item has 48-blades, they actually made them with up to 100 blades at a time and sometimes even 200 blades."
As the surprised owner took in the information, Marc further revealed he'd found a maker's mark on the item, showing it was made in Sheffield and further increasing 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," declared the expert.
"It's also very strong in America, where they adore these multi-tools…
"If this were to go into auction, I can see this easily making two-to-three thousand pounds."
Clearly shocked by the figure, the owner gasped and said: "Oh gracious me.
"That’s amazing, that’s absolutely shocked me! It really has shocked me to the ground.”
Antiques Roadshow airs on Sundays on BBC One.
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