Any owner of a pocket knife can recount a time when he or she pulled out a blade in a public area to accomplish some mundane task, like cutting a stray thread or slicing open a package, only to be confronted by a concerned passerby. This busybody will usually stare with a judgmental countenance, but sometimes they venture to ask with a disproving tone, “Why are you carrying a knife?”
You should answer with confidence, “There are more than a hundred reasons why.”
It’s not hard to see why people think knives are menacing and unnecessary. The portrayal of knives in the media as zombie-slaying tools or dangerous weapons are rampant. We shouldn’t let a few bad apples who misuse this useful tool ruin it for the rest of us.
To help educate the general population on the various ways we use knives in our everyday lives, we assembled this list of 101 uses for the pocket knife.
A pocket knife can be used for…
1. Opening a package.
This is probably the primary use of most pocket knives. In this modern era, I get packages sent to my doorstep and I use my knife to slice them open with ease. I’ve always wondered what other people use. Fun tip: To prevent residue from mucking up your blade, consider cutting the cardboard instead of the packing tape.
2. Cutting fruit.
We’re all familiar with the weathered old man slicing into an apple with his slipjoint knife before eating the piece straight off the blade. That could be you! For some reason, eating sliced fruit is so much more satisfying than taking bites like some savage. (Don’t use a knife to peel your apple though, the peel is highly nutritious.)
3. Removing a splinter.
I hate splinters with all my heart. It’s not the pain, but the inconvenience. Those deeply embedded splinters are impossible to get out without the aid of something like a pocket knife. You can put the blade on one side of the splinter and your finger on the other. For those tough ones, you may have to dig a little bit. You may want to sterilize the blade with alcohol before doing that, however.
The art of whittling is something that’s been lost over the years, but it’s the perfect way to craft something with your bare hands. You can make a gift for a loved one or use it as a time to contemplate the meaning of life. Any pocket knife will do the trick, but a good whittler from Case will make things easier. Check out the beginner’s guide to whittling at the Art of Manliness for some advice.
5. Cutting hair.
You may not be able to get a stylish ‘do, but you can cut your hair with a knife. There are plenty of videos of people cutting hair with knives (it’s mostly women cutting long hair), if you’re curious how it’s done.