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So I bought this new Scotty Downrigger for my boat.It was tied toa cardboard
display box with heavy Nylon Tie Straps, no problem,I always carry a Buck Knife
on my belt. I try to cut the Tie strap and think to myself "Boy thesetie strapsare tough"

A little history here- I've worked in the bush falling,using chain saws,axes,
knives,hunting,skinning animals,fishing,filleting, all my life you name it I've done it and never had a mishap.

Back to the story: The first Tie strap finally cuts through. One more to go. I start
cutting the second one an it snaps, "Ouch". There's my buck knife stuck in the soft part of my thumb on the opposite hand.

You dummy I said under my breath,down to the emergency for 2 stitches

I will never cut another tie strap with a knife,Thats why I have...yes you said it...


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I long ago gave up on using a knife for plastic ties.

Just too much room for "Ouch!"

Side cutters or pliars with cutters....

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Kinda funny in one respect...I did the same thing just about two weeks ago cutting the ties on guess what?????? Did you guess a set of new kitchen butcher knifes???? Then you would have been right....



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A little Super Glue and tape will work instead of going all the way to the ER

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Long story with a Kitchen Oven, but I closed the tear on my foot with toilet paper and a tube of superglue years ago. Got to the Hospital and got 2 or 4 mattress-stitches, I can't remember. Damn stove ripped the top of my foot open. Didn't cut it, ripped it. Mattress stitches work in a shoelace fashion...
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Well at least you did not cut into a piece of paneling while it was braced on your leg.

I know some dummy who did that once. Kit

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If all you have is the buck, slide the blade through the tie rap and with the blade against the tie rap move the blade one way or the other so you are putting pressure against the tie rap and the sharp part on one side and against the back of the blade on the other side. As you continue to put pressure on it it will cut through. If the blade doesn't have enough room to go most the way through use apair of dikes.

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You could have used a circular saw for a makeshift tablesaw by turning it upside down to cut ceiling tiles. And push your finger right into the spinning blade. Like someone I won't mention but I'm typing with that same scarred finger right now.

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Yeah, I have my share of battle scars from knives, saws, hammers, and a couple from model airplane props. That doesn't count damage from getting off ladders a lot faster than I'd planned or gaffing out at the top of a 90 wood antenna pole. The above is why I never worried about getting old... I don't know how I managed it, apparently the human carcass is a lot tougher than one thinks.

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