Use #47 for a Pocket Knife: Hooking up Boat Motor

1. Use #47 for a Pocket Knif...

Chalk another one up for the large screwdriver on my trusty Victorinox for successfully loosening, and tightening two hose clamps that attached my electric boat motor cables to the terminals on the marine battery. Propelling our family...
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Failed Use for a Pocket Knife: Breaking into a House

Failed Use for a Pocket Knife: Breaking into a House

Nothing like driving 8 hours with the family and two dogs to arrive to your family’s lakehouse at 2 AM and …. Not have the f****ing keys. At 2Am after that long on the road your mind will consider very drastic things. For example; Will a motel room for the night and a locksmith cost more or less than replacing a broken window? And, if I back up the van I can climb to the roof and try a second floor window.

I did accomplish the latter (it was locked) but the former wasn’t required as I was able to jimmy a window open with two screwdrivers and some help from the wife. My pocket knife was the first go to tool, but it wasn’t brute enough to mangle the vinyl windows sufficiently to pop it open and toss my oldest daughter through and into the bathroom to let us all in.

Use #46 for a Pocket Knife: Modifying Crutches for Kids

Use #46 for a Pocket Knife: Modifying Crutches for Kids

My kids like to play games, make believe stuff mostly and a common theme is one of them hobbling around on improvised crutches. They’ve asked repeatedly for us to buy them some, but my wife and I can’t bring ourselves to buy crutches for our completely healthy children. Fast forward to our family trip up north, and what did we find in the shed but a set of adult crutches long forgotten and begging for some attention. Shortening them turned out to be difficult due to our lack of tools and any woodworking skills to speak of. We cut them but when reattaching the armpit pad ( that’s a medical term) screws weren’t cutting it. I slept on it overnight and had the idea the next morning to try and whittle the ends of the crutches to fit into the precut holes.

To make a long post even longer, my pocket knife came through and we were able to deliver a set of child size crutches to our thrilled kids.

How to Close a Pocket Knife

From MrHowToMakeEverything comes this rather dry video educating us all on how to properly (debatable) close a locking spring assisted pocket knife.

Basically find the release on the pocket knife, get your fingers the hell out of the way, and close the blade without severing a major artery.

The release is not always in the same location, so be careful and take your time to inspect the knife before attempting to close it.  Typically however there will be a piece of metal holding the blade open, that when pushed to one side will release the lock on the blade.  Don’t forget to get your fingers out of the way.

Use #45 for a Pocket Knife: Adjusting a Grilling Grate Extension

Use #45 for a Pocket Knife: Adjusting a Grilling Grate Extension

This one is a bit hard to describe, but basically I co-opted my brother in-law (and all around handy guy) to construct extensions to a standard round grilling grate or rack to fit my outdoor fire pit.  Being much larger than your standard round yard grille, the firepit needed a grate either much larger, or extensions fitted to an existing grate.  That was 6 months ago but I finally got the grate back with it’s extensions that needed … extending.  Being metal you couldn’t just pry them with your hands so I used the can opener/90 degree angle notch (that is by far not a technical term) on my Swiss Army pocket knife to get the extensions locked into place.  Still not wide enough … Looks like I’ll be sending them back for another extended stay in the shop.

Use #44 for a Pocket Knife: Stripping the Nubs off Model Airplane Kits

Use #44 for a Pocket Knife: Stripping the Nubs off Model Airplane Kits

Recently I bought my second (you read the right) second model airplane kit.  The emphasis on second is because it’s a miracle I finished the first one … it took me 2 years.  My first was a P-51D Mustang.  Circa WWII, this particular model project was my first ever, and despite bailing on the decals, I’d say came out alright.  A few weeks back I hung it in my kid’s room, which marked the completion of the kit in my mind, and sparked me to buy another.

My pocket knife enters in to the equation in two ways.  Firstly, I used my Swiss Army knife to aid in the first kit, and when I shelved it in my basement for a year-long rest, my pocket knife was lost… or so I thought.  When I finally discovered it, after taking the box off the shelf and committing to finish it again, I was pretty happy to have my lucky knife back.  With the second kit, a MIG-27 Flogger-D I am using my knife for nub work.  That is, the little plastic excess or nub left on the part after snipping it out of the plastic frame.  The knife actually does a decent job entirely, but I do have sandpaper to finish the job and deliver smoother edges.


Use #43 for a Pocket Knife: Wire Stripping

Use #43 for a Pocket Knife: Wire Stripping

One of our family hobbies are ATV’s and other gasoline powered things that go fast and loud.  Part of owning these adult toys is owning a trailer to schlep them around to places where you can actually ride them without getting a ticket from the authorities or dirty looks from your neighbors.  We have such a trailer and as is typical with owning and operating a trailer, the wiring is typically shoddy.  Enter my Swiss Army knife small blade and some careful wire stripping work and the taillights were fixed, and in keeping with tradition, still very shoddy and unreliable.

How to Sharpen a Pocket Knife

There are several options available to sharpen a pocket knife, and this little “how to” will attempt to outline them and provide you a good understanding of sharpening a small blade.

What You’ll Need to Sharpen a Pocket Knife

Sharpening Stone

Sharpening stones come in as many varieties as do pocket knives themselves so you’ll have no shortage of options.  Each stone will have a different grit level with stones that have a rougher grit good for starting the sharpening process, and stones with the finest grit best for putting that final sharp edge.

Recommended Sharpening Stone:


Use #42 for a Pocket Knife: Separating Stuck Legos

Use #42 for a Pocket Knife: Separating Stuck Legos

I have the unfortunate habit of biting my nails to smithereens and because of this horrible, horrible affliction I have an even harder time than most mortals separating stuck Legos.  Enter my pocket knife and it’s thin, sharp and non-bite-able steel blade.  Even if I had healthy robust nails some Legos are just too stuck and can’t be bent, twisted or coaxed from their stuck state.  A pocket knife works wonders, in this case the small blade in my ‘lucky‘ Victorinox Swiss Army knife.

Pocket Knife Tricks

Pocket Knife Tricks

I was browsing YouTube in preparation to write this article and found that according to YouTube’s auto suggest feature, pocket knife tricks is the second most popular search term. Off I went to see what the hoopla was about pocket knife tricks, and low and behold I found some pretty cool stuff.

Disclaimer: Don’t try any of the tricks shown in these videos as you’ll probably end up hurting yourself, innocent bystanders or your pocket knife itself.

First up is the insanely popular Butterfly Knife Tricks video from NICKisNOTaTOY. The quality isn’t great but the tricks are fantastic. My fingers hurt just watching.

Next up is a Swiss Army knife trick from user whynabile. Over a half a million people have watched whynabile turn his Swiss Army knife into a pin storing wonder. The video is shaky and YT haters are in full force but for those with this particular knife, it may help you stuff another tool into your arsenal.

Back to Butterfly Knives. This little video shows a “trainer” which is bascically a butterfly knife without the pesky sharp blades.

Finally something useful! The Backwoodsman’s Institute shows us how to cut down a tree with a pocket knife. About 2:45 into the video the action begins, as we watch the outdoorsman’s expert pound his pocket knife, beaver-style around the entire trunk of the tree.

Want to spin your Rambo sized knife around your thumb in your bedroom? ATCKDFND has your covered, complete with his own bloopers for that authentic stabby feel.

For those of your preferring the wife beater, pony tail wielding style knife master, MasterFrederick shows us how to spin and flip a frighten large knife that you’d never fit in your pocket unless you wore medieval knight armor.

New Pocket Knife Trick Videos:

YouTube user akliving4now brings this Must See! best knife trick ever? video. I guess not even he’s convinced it’s the best, which is why he went with the ? instead of the expected ! Complete with Star Wars intro disclaimer, this video shows you how to whip out a pocket knife from your pocket with a rope. Good luck with that. Slo mo included!

Update 8/13/2014: Removed missing video, and duplicate video I pasted at the bottom of the post. Added a new video.

Watch “Making my first pocket knife” on YouTube

This guy apparently made his own pocket knife.  Not sure about the safety aspect but you have to admire his efforts.

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