It pays to have a utility knife within easy reach from wherever you are, whether at home, the office or the car. Some prefer to have a folding version tucked in one of their pockets or as part of a key chain. Others ensure that at least one of the drawers in the bedroom, pantry or study, has one. The kitchen has all sorts of specialized knives within reach from a tabletop but it is still a good idea to have an all-purpose utility knife among them.
The knife can be considered one of the most useful and versatile tools that have been a necessity ever since our cave-dwelling ancestors discovered the wonders of using their stone cutting implements to cut through just about anything, rather than using their teeth. Today, the homeowner or business can have several design choices for a general purpose utility knife that can cut cordage, scrape barrels, butcher animals, skin fruits and potatoes, clean fish scales, cut hides, make paper cut-outs in art and photography, cut open cartons and boxes, and even sharpen lead pencils.
Utility knife modern man can’t do without
They come in various sizes, forms, shapes and colors. Some are folding knives or with retractable blades that can protect their sharp edges or its owners from accidentally cutting themselves. Most will require regular sharpening but there are also popular designs with razor sharp disposable and replaceable blades. Called cutters preferred in many businesses utility knives like the Stanley knife, NT Cutter and X-Acto brands have become quite popular for use in various trades and draft, warehouses and construction projects, meat processing industries and packaging sections of factories, as well in the home kitchen. The NT-cutter brand and similar types used segmented blades which can be considered perpetually sharp since you can snap out the section of the blade that have been dulled with frequent use. They come as single or double edged disposable blades that many modern industries can’t do without.
These disposable snap-off bladed cutters so are easy to maintain and carry around with their light weight build that they have becomes popular at homes as well. They are quite handy when unpacking carton and boxed packages of freshly bought items as well as in many home DIY projects. Hobbyists in model planes and cars, whether using balsa wood or those plastic kits, can’t do without one. Even electricians and electronic hobbyists need them to cut and splice wires and etch printed circuit boards.
Indeed, there’s is really no end to what you can do with the ever ubiquitous and useful utility knife. You can add the fact that quite apart from these uses, it can be used for self-defense. Needless to say, they can be quite deadly in the hands of amateur and professional criminals, and people intent to do bodily harm on others and even themselves. As such, they are considered deadly weapons. It is not surprising that you cannot bring a utility knife, folded, concealed or otherwise, when boarding a commercial passenger flight out of the country.