Those who work in office, what do you use your knife for?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by appliepie123, Aug 7, 2020.

  1. appliepie123


    Jul 12, 2020
    There's been a lot of EDC posts and pictures of what you all use your knives for. However, one thing I have noticed is that many of you work in industries where knives are used much more frequently and is a much more important tool for your job (first responder, public safety, law enforcement, electrician, etc).

    So this post is more of just trying to get ideas on where to use my knives :p. I work in the tech field and as a result, basically 99% of my day is sitting in an office working in front of a computer. But regardless, I like my knives and I want to carry them around and use them :D. One issue though, as a result of working in an office, I don't have any real need to have a knife and I don't find myself in many situations where I needing a knife.

    So for those who work in an office setting all day, what do you use your knives for?
  2. jmgruber

    jmgruber Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    Letter opening, lunch cutting, box opening and my favorite - pastry cutting during staff meeting! :cool:
  3. Ron Sabbagh

    Ron Sabbagh Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    Paper, boxes, string, tape. Occasional cloth. Nothing too demanding. I typically carry a traditional for office duty

  4. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    I've usually got more of a manual job, but during the summer holidays I do some office work, this summer included.

    So far I've:
    cut down some boxes.
    cut my nails.
    cleaned my nails.
    opened some letters.

    If nothing else it's a nice opportunity to try out some of my smaller, thinner knives. :)
  5. appliepie123


    Jul 12, 2020
    Any tips on cutting your nails with a knife? I usually use a nail clipper, using a knife seems a little scary :O
  6. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Removing staples, and, when called upon, stabbing colleagues in the back.
  7. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Half of your use is for fingernails, you need a manicure kit bro
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  8. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    When I worked on the manufacturing floor, I used my EDC quite a lot and often for some rather abrasive work. Now that the majority of my time is in a chair, my uses, and knife type, are different.

    There's a lot of this...


  9. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    No, I've got knives;)
    I just bend the skin back and put the edge to the nail and push from side to side.
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  10. Eli Chaps

    Eli Chaps Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2018
    Victorinox Rambler
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  11. Eversion

    Eversion KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2020
    In addition to much of what's already been stated, I'll open snacks in plastic packages by gliding an edge through it, to avoid the crackling and crinkling that can annoy people.

    My metabolism is ridiculous and I need to eat constantly lol
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  12. Eversion

    Eversion KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 9, 2020
    I do this too in a pinch. It's best if it's sharp, it'll glide right through the nail instead of tugging.
  13. appliepie123


    Jul 12, 2020
    Sadly there aren't any boxes for me to cut at work :(
  14. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    I once tried to cut red tape it didn't work though and I had to reprint some documents :p
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  15. TX180SX

    TX180SX Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    I use mine for opening boxes, snack bags and cutting food. Fruit get murdered quite a bit at my desk.
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  16. TraditionalMedicinal

    TraditionalMedicinal Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 17, 2020
    I work in an office but I get my hands dirty when I can, mostly opening mail though, packages + boxes, cutting boxes to make stuff inside easily accessible, plastic packaging i usually use scissors for that though if they're handy since I don't care about em
  17. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Stress reducer during zoom meetings outside of the camera frame.
  18. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    I normally work in a cube farm, though I'm working from home during the covid thing.
    I use a knife to open bags of chips and such. Also for opening boxes, odds and ends.
    When at work I'm limited to knives with a 2" blade, so my most frequent carry is a Spyderco Manbug.
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  19. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    We don't have an IT dept in our building, so I'm the IT/fix-it guy many days.
    - I use the screwdrivers + pliers on my SAK + MT (I always carry both at work) quite a bit to open computer cases and adjust loose drawers on desks.
    - I've used the parcel hook on a SAK to fish many a wire out of a wall too. Especially when the old analog phone systems were in use.
    - The SAK pin can be used to adjust/reset settings on computer gear.
    - As a recent bifocal glass wearer, I use my magnifying glass on the SAK quite a bit too.

    I use the knife for opening packages and boxes too. I rarely use my knives for food at work.
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  20. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    When I worked in an office, my knife was there for whatever needed cutting. No big thing.

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