Earlier in the week I posted a brief comment that I really liked my Trestle Pine Knives Grand Portage. And a month or two ago Dave had posted a comment that we should list all the uses of the Screwdriver/Cap Lifter blade on the Grand Portage. With all the ‘projects’ that I’ve had to work on this week, it was interesting how many times I pulled the GP out of my pocket to use that screwdriver blade.
For years, I got by with a standard folder with one or two blades and everything seemed to work fine. For a couple of years I had either a SAK or one of the Leathermen at my side. I kind of abandoned carrying a belt knife as I found that carrying too many things on your belt made me lean to one side. Over time, I found I really missed not having at least a screwdriver in addition to a sharp edge readily available.
Yesterday, our washing machine died and while I didn’t get any photo’s, the screwdriver was at hand when I disconnected the power cord from the dryer to use on the new one. (IF you didn’t know, you can’t replace a washing machine without a matching dryer. Or so I’m told)
And in between the blade was used for all the standard cutting chores you’d expect. Stripping wire, cutting dock lines, etc. I honestly can’t imagine how anyone can function without a knife!!
Everytime I look at the choil on the blade, all I can see is a potential wire stripper.
It wouldn’t take much to take a small round file and open the choil up a bit and sharpen it enough to cut through the insulation on electrical wiring. I have a bad habit of laying the wire on top of the blade edge and rolling it with my thumb to cut through the insulation. It works fine but I usually end up slicing my thumb as well. Just so many possibilities. I’m thinking if the choil was sharpened, I could keep my thumb a little further from the blade edge.
There’s another run of the original Superior coming through around the first of the year and I thought about adding a screwdriver blade to it as well. As successful as the first run was, I’m not convinced I want to mess with it, but I’m going to keep it in mind.
The Trestle Pine Knives were built with utility in mind and for me, it’s working.