5 Ways NOT to Use Your Pocket Knife (And What to Use Instead!)

The pocket knife: a trusty companion, a symbol of resilience, and a versatile tool. But with great power comes great responsibility (or at least, the potential for chipped blades and frustrated sighs). While your pocket knife can handle a surprising number of tasks, there are definitely some situations where it's best to reach for a different tool.


1. Prying:

Ever feel the urge to use your pocket knife to pry open a stubborn paint can lid? Resist! The delicate tip of your blade is no match for prying tasks. This can easily lead to a bent or snapped tip, rendering your knife dull and potentially unsafe.

Solution: Use a proper pry bar or flathead screwdriver. These tools are specifically designed for prying and can handle the leverage required without flexing or breaking.


2. Screwing:

While some pocket knives boast built-in screwdrivers, using your blade as a general screwdriver is a recipe for disaster. The thin blade profile often doesn't fit the screw head perfectly, increasing the risk of slipping and damaging both the screw and the blade.

Solution: Invest in a good quality screwdriver set. A set with various head sizes will ensure you have the right tool for the job, preventing stripped screws and frustration.


3. Chopping Firewood:

While your pocket knife might be able to handle some light wood whittling, it's definitely not a substitute for an axe when it comes to chopping firewood. The thin blade and handle design simply aren't built for the heavy impact of chopping wood. This can lead to a broken blade, a damaged handle, or even injury.

Solution: Use a proper axe or hatchet for chopping firewood. These tools are designed to withstand the force required for splitting wood safely and efficiently.


4. Canning:

Unless you're looking for a surprise shower of beans (and a potentially dangerous situation), avoid using your pocket knife to open canned food. The sharp point can easily puncture the can, spilling its contents and creating a jagged edge that could cause cuts.

Solution: Use a dedicated can opener. These handy tools are specifically designed to safely pry open cans without damaging the contents or creating sharp edges.


5. Throwing:

While throwing knives are a real thing, your pocket knife is definitely not one of them! Pocket knives are not designed for the stresses of throwing, and attempting to do so can have disastrous consequences. The blade can break upon impact, potentially ricochet in an unexpected direction, or even injure you in the throwing motion.

Solution: If you're interested in throwing knives, invest in a set specifically designed for the purpose. These knives are weighted and constructed differently to handle the forces involved in throwing safely.

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