Nail Nick Annoyance

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  1. hso

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    I gave a Victorinox Craftsman that I'd slightly modified to my wife only to watch her struggle opening the tools that have nail nicks. I told her I'd have to find one of the antique nail nick "picks" so her flimsy fingernails wouldn't get damaged (they're just thin, not long).

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    Then I remembered I keep several of these around.

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    Perfect for opening a nail nick folder and gives you a sharpener in a pinch.

    Before anyone sneers at the little key chain diamond sharpener, I've used one sitting in Kuwait to repair the edge on a former SEAL's folder (followed by the bottom of a ceramic mug and then stropped on the back of a leather belt) and out backpacking. Run what ya got, but try to have what you need.

    Alternately I could have added any of the keychain micro tools I have laying around.
     
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  2. ApacheCoTodd

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    I'm not getting how that opens her knife. Can you explain that for me? My own wife's issues with opening knives is work-shortened nails to the point of almost non-existence.

    Too, my medical side demands I comment.

    If her nails are unusually thin and/or soft - think to investigating that medically. Nails, like eyes and gums are fine windows to the body-whole for a diagnostician that cares. A sadly rare thing these days.

    Todd.
     
  3. Valkman

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    I don't understand how that gizmo opens nail-nick folders either.
     
  4. Jesse Heywood

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    Eze Lap model H. http://eze-lap.com/model-h. Looks like the radius corner is used to pry the blade out instead of using the fingernail. Must be a fairly thin piece of laminate.
     
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    Jesse Haywood is correct. The corner is used in the nail nick. These type tools were common enough 60 years ago.
     
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  7. hso

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    I'd hang something with a supporting role like the little sharpener or these if the blades were difficult to open.
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  8. Valkman

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    I just ordered 4 of those Nite ize tools from Campmor.com. Looks handy!
     
  9. C0untZer0

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    At one time I carried the DoohicKey, (not the DoohicKey+), but I didn't find it that useful. I tried to turn a 5/16th bolt head once with it and it didn't fit well enough to turn it. I thought I was dealing with metric until I put a 5/16th socket on it and loosened it just fine. I don't think it would function that well as a pry tool because of the open design where it clips on, although I never had cause to pry anything with it. Pry-bar isn't listed by Nite-ize as one of the functions, they never called it a pry-bar. It wasn't sharp enough to function very well as a box opener. I could have sharpened it I guess but I found the Swiss Tech and just replaced it. The DoohicKey is in a bowl by the mini fridge now as a spare bottle opener. I might even have had a counterfeit DoohicKey, I ordered it from Amazon so I may not even have been dealing with the real thing.

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  10. MutinousDoug

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    I struggle with my paper thin finger nails to open my pocket knives and have all my life. I carry a GI issue P-38 on my key chain and never thought to use it to open a pocket knife. It works Great!
    I imagine one of my dogtags would work in it's stead if I could remember where it is after my household move (it's no longer on my bootlace).
    Oops! My house key opens the blades I'm carrying right now if I can remember to take my keys out of my pocket when I need a knife.
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  11. JohnKSa

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    I've folded back many a nail on some of the harder to open accessories in the full-sized SAKs, especially when I was a kid. My nails have always been thin, for some reason. It's one reason that the only slipjoint I carry these days is a mini SAK--the springs aren't tough enough to cause problems.

    I love locking knives--they are almost always really easy to open since they aren't held open by direct spring tension like a slipjoint is.
     
  12. 9x56MS

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    A little oil in the hinge pin areas make opening much easier also. But to your points, some knives knicks are too shallow to get a good purchase on. If you have an old Boy Scout knife compare it to the newer model pocket knife and you will see what I mean.
     
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    I had a SwissTech Utili-key and lost it. Ordered one off Ebay and it most certainly was a forgery. The original had sharp edges and point on the Phillips, the counterfeit one was just sloppy and useless.

    I'm getting to the point with things like this that regardless of the price difference, I'm going to start only ordering from the maker.
     
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  14. daniel craig

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    I actually carved the handle down on my Opinel because the nail nick was a pain the keister.
     
  15. 9x56MS

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    My Granddaughter got me an Opinel #7 for Christmas and I love it. Your right though the nail Nick is very close to the wooden handle.
     
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  17. Bwana John

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    Sounds like someone needs an auto/assist opening knife.
     
  18. AZAndy

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    Never mind, unintended post.
     
  19. RA40

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    Some of those slip joint types are tough, good nails or not. To much tension to keep the blade open or closed. Have used dimes, pennies or the keys.
     
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