Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 5, Issue 4
   March 2011
   From the Archive

Excerpt from The Boy Mechanic, Book 2, 1915.

Making a Knife and Easy Opener

Making a Knife and Easy Opener
The large blade of my knife being so hard to open placed me in constant risk of breaking my thumbnail. To overcome this difficulty, I ground a notch in the handle as shown in the sketch. After smoothing it up with a round file and fine sandpaper, I had just as good a job as if the knife had been made that way, and it is very easy to open it, as it can be done with the thumb and forefinger. Anyone can improve his knife in this way, but be careful not to cut the notch back of the point of the small blade.

—Contributed by C. M. Mahood, Warren, Pa.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1915. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.
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