Uses for a Pocket Knife

documenting the many uses for the common pocket knife

Use #8 for a Pocket Knife: Opening a Pesky Pill Container

Package of pills no match for my pocket knife.

Our dogs recently visited the vet and were sent home a small collection of medications which needed to be taken (by the dogs that is). Despite my fingernail’s best attempt I couldn’t peel the backing off of the pill container. You know the type; plastic front with a foil and/or paper backing that never wants to peel off easily? These are usually a huge pain to open, as each manufacturer tries their own idea on the easiest to open technique (most fail miserably).


No trouble for my trusty pocket knife though, as the sharp blade made quick work of the paper backing and soon the pill my dog so desperately wanted (little did she know) was now being stuffed inside a piece of bread and fed to my 10 year old miniature poodle.

This could have been accomplished by a kitchen steak knife. However, like many other household tasks having a pocket knife on me proved to be much easier. Plus the thought of using my silverware to open dog medication had me a little worried about cross-contamination if the knife was completely washed. Slim chance I know but it’s better to keep non-food cutting tasks to pocket knives and not kitchen utensils.

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  1. k says:

    Aren’t you supposed to just push the pill out of the aluminum back of those things?

    1. JC says:

      Ideally yes. But if you’ve opened many as I have, not all package manufacturers create working seals.