Uses for a Pocket Knife

documenting the many uses for the common pocket knife

Use #49 for a Pocket Knife: Loosening a Stripped Screw


I find this use particularly funny because of a prior “failed” use (see: Failed Use for a Pocket Knife: Tightening a Screw) having almost the exact same scenario with quite obviously the opposite outcome.  The story goes like this:  We have a particularly janky towel rack in our bathroom and if you look at it the wrong way, it’s prone to completely deconstruct, falling with a metallic crash on the floor at just the optimal moment (like say 2:30 AM).  This towel rack has persisted throughout the months and years, despite it’s reputation as an in-stable and overall unreliable bathroom fixture.  The last meltdown put us over the top, and my wife and I descended on the bathroom to remove the offender, and cast it to the trash, never to be seen or heard from again.  The screws holding the towel rack were Philips head, and the screw driver we were using was stripping the screw.  Enter my Swiss Army knife, and it’s broad Flathead screw driver attachment which fit perfectly into the wide slot, backing the screw out without further drama.