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What are your daily folding knife uses?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by ribeyemediumrare, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. fjblair

    fjblair

    175
    Mar 15, 2017
    I might use a edc carry knife 2-3 times a week, but I have always carried.
     
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  2. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    453
    Jan 8, 2018
    Just mail and the odd job. I just like carrying my knife
     
  3. Crimson Cloud

    Crimson Cloud

    189
    Nov 9, 2018
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  4. CableGirl

    CableGirl

    198
    Aug 19, 2018
    Opening boxes
    Trimming plastic build material from 3D printed items.
    Trimming plastic around thread inserts.
    Carving cured epoxy
    Stripping insulation of large RF cable bundles.
    Scoring copper sheet.
    Lunch/dinner.
    Planing edges of clear poly-carbonate sheet.
    De-burring PC boards.
    Cutting different types of foam.......

    That was just today.
     
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  5. RBid

    RBid

    Apr 6, 2014
    Work (non freight day): whatever comes up. Usually 20-30 zip ties and/or plastic straps, little cardboard, twine, plastic packaging. Odd materials for destruction purposes. On these days, I probably make 15-50 cuts/shift. Almost all of these are shallow, and stock thickness or thickness behind the edge are irrelevant.

    Work (freight days): Same as above, except zip ties and plastic strap cuts spike to... sometimes more than 60 of each. 30 each would be very light. Still almost all shallow cuts.

    Work (floor resets): 4-8 weeks out of the year, I wind up breaking down stupid amounts of double walled corrugate shippers. This kind of shit is why I prefer .12”/3mm stock thickness, even though I fully acknowledge that I only see the benefit for these brief chunks of the year.

    Days off: meh. Barely any cutting. Flipping is fun, though!

    I’ve learned that I can happily carry whatever I want, and only benefit from better performing blades during small chunks of the year.

    I’ve also learned that it can be annoying being surprised by an unexpected spike in knife work on a random day.
     
  6. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Cutting fruit and opening boxes. For fruit it is an Opinel #8 that resides in my lunch bag. Boxes will be any of a number of knives.

    And yes, the overbuilt knives are poor slicers. You can test that yourself - cut fruit and cardboard with an Opinel or similarly-thin blade, and with a heavy duty super thick blade with a thick edge bevel. You will quickly find that the thin blade cuts SO much better.
     
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  7. The_Iron_Joe

    The_Iron_Joe Knifemaker, Jeweller Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    849
    May 3, 2012
    That isn't a difficult thing to do! I'm currently debating between eventually getting an aluminum Charge model (the one with two slots for extra bits) and a Surge. The only thing keeping me away from a Charge, or Wave for that matter, is the lack of replaceable cutters at the base of the plier jaws...
     
  8. SALTY

    SALTY Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2000
    The Wave "+" has replaceable cutters for the pliers.
     
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  9. SharpieB

    SharpieB

    Oct 31, 2017
    Lately it is all Amazon and Indigo (Canadian bookstore) boxes. The holiday season is busy for Knife usage around here.
     
  10. poking_stick

    poking_stick

    20
    Jan 26, 2010
    Carbon or stainless for that apple?
     
  11. Mikel_24

    Mikel_24

    Sep 19, 2007
    Peeling/quartering fruit, lunch, cutting some tape to open packages (I don't "break down" cardboard boxes at all.... if I need to dispose of them, I just fold them).

    Actually in my environment (office) I almost need to force myself hard to find excuses to use my knives. But is all good.
     
  12. JJ96

    JJ96

    24
    Dec 20, 2018
    Addendum: don't forget to keep an eye on what the blades doing and nearly cut myself.
     
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  13. Pomsbz

    Pomsbz

    Jul 31, 2015
    Well working from today's usage so far. SAK Rambler and SAK Pruner.

    File nick in nail that was catching on stuff. Open up staples on something. Cut open packet of salami. Slice salami, carrots & pickles for lunch. Scissors to cut nail caught in the peeler when peeling said carrots. Open packaging for new server in the office to check all the parts are there. That's so far at 3pm.

    Could I get by with just the SAK Rambler for day to day usage? Kind of but I do like having a food knife on person rather than having to hope there's a good (and clean!) one on site. The blade and handle is also rather thin/short for cutting through thick cardboard or that lethal molded plastic wrapping on new electronic items.
     
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  14. JJ96

    JJ96

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    Dec 20, 2018
  15. bucksway

    bucksway Basic Member Basic Member

    Jan 7, 2007
    I had a Buck multi tool I carried for a few months and was surprised how often the small pliers came in handy but a Buck 112 Ecolite works well for everyday tasks that most folks have mentioned here. Just once way back in the early 70's I used a knife for self defense but because of that I got into the habit of ALWAYS having msn's most basic tool with me..
     
  16. Coiloil37

    Coiloil37

    60
    Dec 2, 2013
    Whatever comes up. I’ve got a paramilitary2 in my pocket every day. Today I opened some mail, opened a box of 168 grain Barnes TTSX to reload for my ‘06 and cut open a piece of chicken on the bbq. Yesterday I opened the box of a new poison spyder bumper for the Jeep and a box of Hornady brass to reload for my 308 marlin express. The day before that I used it to gut a moose. Not cause I didn’t have a custom hunting knife in my pack, I just felt like using my PM2.
     
  17. Hook'Em

    Hook'Em

    37
    Nov 2, 2018
    I use either my Praetorian or my xm-18 fatty to open mcc buckets adjust potentiometers or other tasks that require a thick blade where I work
     
  18. miso2

    miso2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    Opening mails and boxes, cutting up some cardboard and styrofoam boxes, splitting some lunch items, and making nicks on plasticware.

    The only time I really need to use my beloved folding knife is when cutting styrofoam.
    Somehow traditional knives work a lot better than a box cutter for it.
     
  19. colin.p

    colin.p

    Feb 4, 2017
    Plastic wrap, plastic bands and the sides out of heavy Cargill beef boxes. I hate moving 20 boxes at 80 lbs each just to get a short loin.
     
  20. lambertiana

    lambertiana Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    I have a stainless #8 in my lunch bag, and I use it every day at work. Since until last week we did not have a sink in our lunch room, I couldn't easily rinse fruit juice off my knife, so stainless was in order. I eat more fruit than most people do (multiple pieces each day at lunch) and this #8 has cut a mountain of fruit.
     

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