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Other Uses of Pocket Knives

Mamerto Adan is an engineer by profession, but a writer by night. He loves toys and knives. He also has a martial arts background.


We all know what knives are for. Obviously it had a blade, so it is for cutting indeed. We are always told to use the right tool for the right job, but everyday needs combined with man’s strange creativity had stretched the use of the humble folding knife. Admit it. Aside from cutting, we knife owners often use our folders on something else. How come a Leatherman Crater found its way in the grocery store, and do you know that knives could be used to secure you cash? There are pocket knives today that are made for multiple purposes, like the venerable Victorinox for example. It had additional tools such as screw drivers and other goodies for impromptu tasks. Yet sometimes all we need is a standard pocket knife (without the extra implements) to accomplish multiple tasks.

To bore a hole in the wall

I do this most of the time, especially if I don’t have access to electrical tools. In most cases, a power tool is the best choice and your knife is here just in case. Assuming that your wall is plywood, and you want to bore a screw hole to hang a picture, all you need to do is:

1. Dig your knife on the wall diagonally until you made a small incision. Make sure you poked deep enough for the blade to go through the board (but not the wall). Around millimeters should do.


After that you should end up with this kind of incision


2. Do the same, as if making an X shape incision.


You should end up with a hole like this


3. Force your screw or hook into the incision.


To secure your papers on your desk

The knife’s pocket clip isn’t just there to secure the thing in your pocket. You could also use it to hold sheets together on your desk to keep it from being blown away. Yup, given that your office-mates won’t freak out to see a knife near them, you may use your knife like a paper clip. It also doubles as a mean looking paper weight but don’t be surprise to see your people backing away from your work space


Nevertheless it will look good on your desk.

Coffee stirrer

When you lost your stirrer, or you just forget to ask for one in the coffee house, why not use your blade. Do note that anything slender is potential stirrer. I suggest you use a spoon instead to save you the troubles of cleaning your knife. But if all you got is a knife, then so be it.


Better use a clean knife than a pen you just dropped!

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Staple remover

When your stapler doesn’t come with a staple remover, expect a busted and scratched fingernail. You may choose to ruin your nails trying to pry the staplers out or improvise a tool. Anything flat and pointy will do, from slotted screw drivers to pocket knives. Knives are the best choice, being precise and readily available (give you have one). In doing so, pry the end of the staples with the blade tip before pulling them out.

Bashing tool

Defense experts often suggest that the butt end of a pocket knife makes for a good blunt weapon. This is especially true if your folder’s handle is made of metal. Self-defense taken aside, the butt end also serves a non-combative purpose. If you’re not bashing someone’s wrist or nerve areas, why not pommel tacks to fasten posters on the wall, or drive nails with the solid end of your pocket knife handle. I know someone who uses a large folder to open nuts.

Signalling device

If your knife blade don’t have black coatings and sports a mirror surface, why not go Bear Grylls and use it as a signalling device. Assuming you’re lost in the wild or you just want to annoy someone, just reflect the sunlight with your shiny blade and flash the Morse Code. There are survival signalling mirrors available out there and any shiny object will do. But then polished blade will serve you well.

To carry your shopping bag

I do shopping a lot, and carrying a heavy bag laden with grocery stuff is a literal pain. Often-times I wrap my hands with my face towel, so the bag handle won’t dig into my skin. But how come it is only now that I discovered that you could use your knife!


I didn’t know that you could use a closed pocket knife to save you the callous on your palm. All you have to do is to hang the bag in your knife handle and that’s it!

Money clip

You got one mean looking money clip here. If you can clip your daily office papers, why not do the same on your cash. And you don’t need any specialized clip, just an old and standard pocket knife clip.



This is no brainer, as we are using knives to spread mayonnaise for years. And if a bread knife can do it, why not use a pocket knife? In the office I carry a workhorse pocket knife and a food grade folder. I want a clean food grade knife to touch my sandwich and not the dirty utility blade. And your knife is not limited to making snacks. I use my dirty workhorse knife to scoop putty, and to spread glue.

Cleaning/Scraping tool

It this case I’m careful not to scrape the surface of what I’m cleaning. I won’t use an overly sharp knife on this one, nor won’t I use a knife to get rid of loose adhesives on finished surfaces. But a nice edge like what my folders got makes for a nice scraping tool.

Fidget toy

Okay, a fidget spinner is a nice idea, but not all of us are in to such playthings. A balisong will be a good substitute, and a nice way to show off your blade skills. I don’t twirl balisongs and what I got are assisted folders. There are times when I found myself twirling the closed folders in my hands. It’s a nice way to stay focus and who needs a fidget spinner now?

Wire stripping

Again you don’t need to be Mcgyver to strip wires with knives. When we don’t have wire stripping tools, anything sharp and precise will do as all you need is to peel off the rubber. In my work, wire stripping is one of the primary roles of my folding knife.

Other uses

I never tried it before as what you need here is a narrow blade, preferably a spear point like a Victorinox. It takes some practice to open a lock with a knife, and it could possibly save your life.

I also found my knife useful when I want to mark something, as long as they don’t mind having the surface scratched. And if you got a knot that you can’t untie, the point of the knife is ideal for opening it until it is loose enough to be undone. And what if a bully is coming your way? You got your blade in your pocket; just do enough damage to send him away.


Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on September 04, 2017:

Thanks Alexis! And right now my knife has a new role; to spread mayo on my sandwich :)

Alexis on September 04, 2017:

Pocket knives are incredibly useful. Before reading this list I thought of a couple on this list, but a money clip and spatula hadn't come to mind, haha.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on August 22, 2017:

Wow, I think I will get a Swiss army knife next time. I mean I always need an extra tool in the office.

Jeffery Martin from Fort Worth on August 22, 2017:

Lol. You could try the "multi-purpose hook" on a Swiss army knife. I have never tried it for that, because I am usually carrying several bags; but I have heard it works well.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on August 21, 2017:

Thanks Jeffery! In my case I tried using my pocket knife to carry groceries yesterday. It worked but I think I will use a less tactical looking knife, as people might get frightened LOL.

Jeffery Martin from Fort Worth on August 21, 2017:

Great article. I have definitely used my knife as a spatula; on more than one occasion.

Mamerto Adan (author) from Cabuyao on August 21, 2017:

Thanks Breelyn for the feedback! In fact I've been doing some of these in the office though I'm careful not to cut myself :)

Breelyn on August 21, 2017:

I am going to have to show my bf this one. He always has his knife clipped to his pocket. Great article :-)

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