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8 Reasons Why a Small Knife Can Be Better than a Big Knife

If you haven't heard it before, you’re hearing it here. Bigger isn’t always better. In fact, someone’s grandpa once said that there’s a tool in the toolbox for every type of job, big and little. This one goes out to all the small fries, little guys, and microblades.

1. There’s more than one way to skin a deer

Disclaimer, we’re aware that not everyone is into hunting, but we can still be friends. A few years ago, Founder Billy Chester was out deer hunting with the men in the family. Wanting to push the limitations of our microblade knife, it became his uncle's tool of choice for skinning a buck he shot that weekend.

An interesting fact about Field Dressing - There are many different knives engineered just for the purpose of skinning deer. However, you can also get the job done with a smaller blade and you won’t run the risk of slicing into the meat.

2. Opening letters or parcels

Perhaps you’ve put yourself into the awkward situation of opening up mail around the office with a large knife. Not only is it inappropriate, but it’s overkill. Here’s a perfect example of when a smaller knife would’ve saved your dignity and possibly the sensitive contents of an envelope.

3. Pairing fruit

Believe us, it takes way more skill to slice up an apple with a large knife than it does a small knife. Think about it.

4. Loosening up a knotted rope or shoelace

If the goal is to save the rope and not cut it to bits, this tedious task is so much easier if you can gently pry the knot apart with the tip of a knife. While a larger knife can work, it’s a matter of precision -a larger knife might cause you to damage the rope, while a small knife is easier to handle.

5. Aiding in woodworking projects

Unless you have all of the proper woodworking tools, it’s likely you’ve had to improvise and simply reach for a knife to scrape or plane out an edge. While depending on the amount of scraping and planing, a larger knife is more difficult to control and might actually do more damage than intended.

6. Trimming a hangnail

In fact there are specialized tools made to trim and remove hangnails, but here’s a trick if you're out traveling and discover a hangnail. Wash your hands and the loose hangnail with warm soapy water for several minutes to soften up the skin. Then with your sharp small blade, lightly nip away the hangnail. Easy as that! 

7. Removing splinters

It’s amazing how something so small can be such a bother as a splinter. While a mini set of tweezers is what you’d really need, a small knife is the next best thing and can be just as effective. 

8. Cutting rope in a tight space

If you’ve ever been in the cabin of a small boat or RV, you’ve probably noticed that space is a precious commodity. While cutting a rope in a small space with a large knife you’re putting yourself at risk as well as your surroundings. In this case, it’s all about control.


We just wanted to highlight some of the most common and best uses of our cherished little friend, the Microblade.

Though someone’s grandpa did have a point… there certainly is a tool for just about every task at hand. Strangely enough, many everyday chores that demand the use of a knife are not really that big at all.