[NAFEX] Re: Box Cutter
halgren at msu.edu
Thu Jan 29 17:20:08 EST 2004
> There are all types of razor type knifes. Box knifes are just promotional knives supplied to stores (or they
> were) to open boxes.
> What I think of as a box knife is called a box cutter. I may be wrong in the reference. Here is an image of a
> box cutter;
Those are pretty fancy box cutters, although I think the one with the
blade held perpendicular to the handle is actually the paint scraper
configuration. We always had plain aluminum ones. I spent far too many
years of my formative years stocking shelves. I don't know where you
can find those cheap box cutters retail. They are about 4" long, and
maybe 1/8" thick, and just wide enough to fit a single edged razor blade
inside. Fits well in a back pocket, like a pocket comb. It is a darn
good tool for opening boxes. I wouldn't use it for grafting. I have
several rather impressive scars from box cutter incidents, and that is
using the tool in its approved manner. Don't cut wood with it.
I think Gordon means a utility knife, although I wish he would have told
me that trick when he taught me how to graft... I have five or six
utility knives, I probably wouldn't have sprung for a good grafting
knife. You can get utility knives anywhere. Usually black or silver,
maybe 5" long, the blade retracts into the handle, and you can store a
few of the blades inside the handle. 3 bucks at Home Depot. However,
and I'm reasonably annoyed by this, if you buy replacement blades at HD
you get royally ripped off. Sears sells 100 replacement blades for
around 10 dollars. I seem to recall spending the better part of 5
dollars for 10 blades at HD.
Robert G. Halgren, Ph.D.
GTSF - Michigan State University
(517) 353-7236 - halgren at msu.edu
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