Handy tip for protecting knife tip...gouges and chisels too

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Blog entry by darkhollow posted 07-07-2011 07:29 AM 4048 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the best thing I have found for storing small knives, gouges and chisels in is synthetic wine corks. They do not wear out nearly as fast as regular corks, are non-corosive and not very absorbent, and hold tightly any tool stabbed into them, protecting knife and finger tips. They are also becoming more and more common, and being non-biodegradable or -recyclable, are just adding to land-fills. I’m trying to find other uses for these as well.

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 01:56 PM

Good idea. I’ve used regular wine corks and they seem to dry out too quickly.

-- Peter, Central VA

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 02:47 PM

Band sawn in half, glued to a wood base in line, you’d have a stand for a series of small chisels or X-Acto knives. Also works for a stand/holder/protector for needles, probes etc that ALWAYS are handy on an assembly bench.. Using the top from my wife’s sherry bottles, the ones that have a large plastic knob and 3/4 inch cork bottom, there’s a light duty bench stop. They probably now have the foam corks..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 02:09 PM

great idea .. thnx

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 02:21 PM

Are you guys talking about the mushroom like corks that are on cheap champagne bottles?
I’m not much of a wine drinker, so I’m a bit out of the loop.
Any use for Glenfiddich caps? ;-)

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-18-2011 04:37 PM

Gene, Nope, I’m talking about the regular, cylindrical wine corks that are made from a hard, closed-cell foam. Many wine companies are switching over to them, as they fail less than natural cork and because natural cork is becoming more expensive/less available. “Manatawny Creek”, “Apothic”, “Barefoot”, “Yellow Tail”, and “Mad Housewife” are among teh many brands that now use these synthetic corks. i used to work at a craft school, where once a week they served wine with dinner, so i set out a collection box for the corks. If you lived near me I’d give you a handful….wait, Gene, I just noticed you do live in the same state as me…maybe close-by after all? let me know if you’d like some and we can figure something out about getting them to you. rodney

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