Thumbs up! The Ring Knife
($3.99) is a simple-but-creative tool because it frees up your thumbs and other fingers to work in any position (thumbs up, down or sideways) — and yet a sharp-but-safe knife is at the ready to make cuts.
Here are the features I liked about the Ring Knife, which is yours for the testing on the Gardening
and Home Improvement
interest areas of StuffStuff.
- Handy Twine Knife has been making the Ring Knife for 110 years (see video above). I admit I expected this to be a new product that lacked quality. Nope, just the opposite. The band is aluminum, the rivet is nickel-plated brass and the blade is heat-treated steel; heat-treatment strengthens the blade so it holds an edge longer.
- It’s compact, comfortable and versatile. It worked well for me in the garden and to open tool packaging, but it’s a gardening/shop/sport/all-around utility knife that cuts twine, ribbon, plastic strapping, pallet wrap, tape, cardboard and even light gauge wire.
- It’s safe. The blade tip is blunted, so fingers are safe. And because you don’t have to grip to make cuts, the Ring Knife reduces the risk of repetitive-motion injuries.
- Wear it over gloves. The band on one model is split; this allows you to apply enough pressure to cut, and yet the ring slips off to prevent injury if the blade gets caught on anything. Also, the split allows you to wear the knife over work gloves. That’s cool especially when it’s cold or if you’re pruning thorny roses.
As the summer wears on in the garden, you can begin to feel like you’re prey to the ever-encroaching weeds and pruning/cutting back work that’s necessary. With the claw-like Ring Knife, however, you’ll feel like you’re the predator.