You get ready to walk out the door and grab your coat, your wallet or purse, your eyeglasses or sunglasses, and your keys.
But how many of you grab a pocket knife?
There are countless times where this multi-use tool comes in handy during the day.
Just ask any pocket knife owner!
Having that compact knife with you is not just for cutting up and opening boxes either.
It can also get you out of some jams.
An everyday pocket knife, a foldable knife with the blade inside the handle, is compact enough to fit inside your pocket without accidentally injuring yourself.
They typically sport aluminum, metal, or wood handles and curved blades.
And now that we’ve piqued your interest in what they look like, let’s take a look at five pocket knife uses.
If you’re trying to figure out why child-proof packaging has become a task for adults, too, you are not alone.
The pocket knife can open clamshell packaging, wine bottles and cans.
Although email, e-billing, and texting have outgrown the average handwritten letter, that knife also comes in handy for opening your paper bills, greeting cards, and anything else your mail carrier drops off.
And who needs a staple remover when a pocket knife will do just fine?
Whether you’re a bicyclist or locked out of your storage unit, you can also utilize a pocket knife to open a padlock.
Keep in mind that this may be more of an acquired skill than slicing open a letter envelope, but it is possible.
Going back to those keys you grabbed before you left home, let’s say you have a new keychain you want to add.
You can open a keyring, so long as you slide the blade into a keyring to open it without “prying” it.
You never want to “pry.” That can cause damage to the blade.
Additionally, a folding knife like this one can open tougher bags, such as dog food, sand bags, bird food, cereal, and charcoal.
All of those come in pretty hefty bags that can be opened in seconds with a quality blade.
Plants always make a house feel more like a home.
However, whether you’re a veteran gardener or a newbie with an evolving green thumb, drainage holes in the bottom of your pots allow your plants more room to breathe.
You don’t want water to be stuck at the base of the pot and lead to rotted roots.
Grab your pocket knife to create drainage holes in the bottom.
Every time your plant(s) grow a little taller and bigger, you’ll thank yourself.
You can also use it as a makeshift pruner for the leaves.
Speaking of keeping a comfortable home, life happens.
And that includes getting sticky items like gum out of the carpet.
It’s no easy feat. With your pocket knife, you need only shave off the part of the carpet with the gum and you’re good to go.
Have you recently bought a few pieces of decor to spread throughout your rooms?
Use this pocket cutter to remove stubborn price stickers.
Easily scrape the sticky residue off instead of picking away at it with your fingernails.
Then decorate your home—stickerless and with more style.
If you’re in a home renovation mood, you can also use the knife to cut drywall.
Or, mark the spot where you’ll be cutting, drilling, or hammering new shelves or pictures.
Safety and Outdoors
The everyday pocket knife can be quite handy when you’re outdoors.
Are you into camping? Utilize your knife for making kindling.
You can also use it for trimming fishing lines and cutting fishing bait.
Besides cutting items like boxes, it’s also great for safety and high-stakes situations.
Although no one wants to be caught in this situation, there are more than 276 million vehicles on America’s roads.
And unfortunately, that means there’s also the risk of auto accidents.
Being prepared to cut someone free from a seatbelt inside a burning or overturned vehicle may sound paranoid, but you will reevaluate that hesitancy should you or someone else be caught in that situation.
If you need access to a wound, utilize this knife to cut the clothing concealing it.
That knife also comes in handy for pet emergencies.
For example, residents in rural areas or those with curious pets can rescue a trapped animal.
In a pinch, you can cut a dog’s leash if an emergency transpires.
If you’re a fan of cooking shows or have a chef in your family, you probably know pocket knives are great for slicing fruit.
They can also be used to cut up a nice steak. If you’re into zesting citrus, an everyday pocket knife will do just fine.
Additionally, you can gut and filet a fish with your handy dandy pocket knife.
Are you in the mood for some carbohydrates?
Peel potatoes with your pocket knife for delicious French fries or a baked potato.
In the morning, use it to make your breakfast bagel, too.
As you can see from the list above, the list goes on and on.
This knife is a valuable addition to your tool kit, one that’ll serve you well for as long as you have it.
Be sure to invest in a pocket knife with a blade that’s effective, yet safe to the touch and with less blade changes.
If you find one that’s of good quality, you’ll have a pocket-sized investment of a lifetime.