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May 8, 2017

Not all boxcutters are equal. Some still get past airport scanners.

Oh yes, all that "security theater" is really paying off:

Everyday, multiple times a day, I use my handy snap-blade utility box-cutter knife. It costs 2 dollars. It’s made of day-glo orange plastic. I use it like a pocket knife for opening and liberating all kinds of things, but it weighs almost nothing (no pocket wear), is easy to re-sharpen (snap off the end), instant to engage, quick to put back. They are so cheap and featherweight I keep one in all my pants, coats, bags. If I lose it I don’t care. I really miss having them when I travel by air (although I know from unintentional experience they are usually undetectable by the machines.) — KK - - Cool Tools

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 8, 2017 9:04 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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They cost you $2 a piece? I can buy a 3-pack of them for $1 at the dollar store. I've never tried to get them past security check, though.

Posted by: Grizzly at May 8, 2017 3:05 PM

I bought one once, long ago.
Threw it away the same day.
Dangerously worthless.
What happens, at a miniscule level, when case hardened steel is broken?

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 8, 2017 6:57 PM

Oh, they're handy enough for some light tasks. I use them in the garden for pruning tomato plants and such, and for opening goods packaged in plastic. You're right, don't try to use them for anything heavy.

Posted by: Grizzly at May 12, 2017 7:33 PM

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