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Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 12, 2022 10:52AM
Letter opener that is 100% metal

Hi everyone,

I still receive envelopes, all of which need opening. So, for me, a letter opener is a must item. No, not the kind that looks like a dagger. They don’t work well for me at all. I use something along these lines:

[www.amazon.com]

The problem is durability. They're cheap pieces of crap and keep snapping. Doesn’t matter which brand or design. The letter opener snaps after X number of uses. Glueing it back together doesn’t work. Gorilla Glue. JB Weld Epoxy. JB Weld PlasticWeld. You name it. Still snaps. Very annoying.

There’s got to be someone out there that has made all metal versions of them.

Anyone know of a company that makes a letter opener in that type of design that is 100% metal. Not just the blade. The entire letter opener.

Thanks,

Robert
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 12, 2022 10:58AM
I don't, sorry...

But, it DOES give me an idea to do with some little off-cuts and end pieces of exotic woods in my toolbox.... Those, a jewelers saw, and some scalpel or exacto blades.

Hell, I may have to check on etsy to see if there's already someone making one...



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Gareth
Date: January 12, 2022 11:01AM
Some of those are as cheap as $0.60/opener, and isn't the blade going to get dull after X number of uses anyway too? I say soldier on and just buy the cheapest ones and consider it a disposable product.

If you want long lasting, you may have to switch to the dagger style.
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: MikeF
Date: January 12, 2022 11:03AM
Did you ever try this style?
[www.jetpens.com]
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 12, 2022 11:05AM
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MikeF
Did you ever try this style?
[www.jetpens.com]

Uh, that link goes to an empty "compare" page...
But, you got me curious...



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: January 12, 2022 11:12AM
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Paul F.
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MikeF
Did you ever try this style?
[www.jetpens.com]

Uh, that link goes to an empty "compare" page...
But, you got me curious...

maybe it was supposed to be this?
"Opening envelopes safely and cleanly is a breeze with this innovative letter opener! Simply insert a corner of the envelope into the groove and slide the opener along its edge. The ceramic blade will create a clean cut with little or no paper debris. The ceramic blade—which is 5 times more durable than steel—can cut in either direction and is safely nestled inside the groove of the opener where it cannot accidentally cut your fingers. The opener features an indent for gripping comfortably with the thumb of either hand, as well as a loop for attaching it to a lanyard or keychain. Its thin, lightweight design makes it easy to store or carry with you anywhere."
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: MikeF
Date: January 12, 2022 11:14AM
Yes, yes it was.
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 12, 2022 11:20AM
Paul,

I'm very tempted to make one out of some scrap metal entirely, scrap metal and an X-Acto blade or a single-edge razor blade. Just didn't want to be bothered if someone already makes one.

Robert
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: January 12, 2022 11:33AM
I have a curved one like this that's very nice.

Not one of those "slitter" types, and not quite a "dagger."

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: freeradical
Date: January 12, 2022 11:44AM
This is what I use:


[www.opinel-usa.com]
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 12, 2022 11:56AM
What MikeF suggested



Amazon - $8.90



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: d4
Date: January 12, 2022 12:30PM
It's really for emergency seatbelt cutting but I'm sure it can handle paper envelopes as well.
Stainless steel. Lifetime warranty.
$9 at Amazon if you want to save a few bucks.

[www.crkt.com]





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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: January 12, 2022 12:44PM
So you want a letter opener made by James Hetfield?
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Robert M
Date: January 12, 2022 12:53PM
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for the suggestions. d4's idea is near perfect! If not, the device is easily modifiable to make it perfect. And, cheap enough that I can buy another to perfect if I modify the first until it's broken.

Robert
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: hal
Date: January 12, 2022 12:55PM
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Z
Date: January 12, 2022 02:09PM
$0.10 butter knife from Goodwill?
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: January 12, 2022 04:46PM
when you are grocery shopping, ask the stockers what they use to open cardboard boxes. Five years ago my son gave me one that Publix uses, it is still going strong. Heavy duty plastic handle, it isn't breaking

This it -




$1.99 - [www.amazon.com]



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: January 12, 2022 05:36PM
We have one of these at work...



It's a lot older than that, so I'm pretty sure its all metal.



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: January 12, 2022 06:28PM
I prefer my old German made Boker Speed Lock...







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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Buzz
Date: January 12, 2022 07:12PM
I got one of these for spousal unit many years ago.
She absolutely loves it, and I sharpen it for her every couple of years.



with engraving, ~$25 at Billionaire Astronaut Supply Company.



Dreaded, unwanted dagger style, but damn nice gift.
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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Racer X
Date: January 13, 2022 01:07AM
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d4
It's really for emergency seatbelt cutting but I'm sure it can handle paper envelopes as well.
Stainless steel. Lifetime warranty.
$9 at Amazon if you want to save a few bucks.

[www.crkt.com]


I'm getting one, well, actually 2.



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Re: Letter opener that is 100% metal
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: January 14, 2022 06:23PM
I used to use one carved out of a piece of wood. If you have the tools, make one out of an ebony fiddle fingerboard.
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