Our V.I.T. (Very Important Tool)

I recently wrote a column about twine cutters. They are a necessary implement in the wintertime for feeding cows hay that comes in round bales. Since these bales are held together tightly with nylon twine, a sharp-edged tool is needed to cut the strings. 

Most guys will just use a pocket knife. My husband likes using a serrated edge pocket knife to cut twine strings but for his birthday last year my brother gave him a utility box cutter knife.

These knives work great because instead of sharpening the knife, all he has to do is replace the disposable blade. He keeps it in a very special spot—right next to his snot rag.


In my column I talked about my special twine cutter.

Mine has a very special spot too. I just throw it in the side door panel pocket.

I have a custom made twine cutting knife for a couple of reasons. One reason is because mine doesn’t fold so I’m not as likely to go back to the house with the twine cutter left in my coat or coveralls pocket. More importantly, I get one made from scrap materials because I’ve managed to lose several good pocket knives after having left them on the back end of our feed pickup, including at least one new one. (We use a hydraulic bale bed fitted onto a Dodge pickup to load and unload our round bales instead of using a tractor to feed hay.)

I described in my column what my twine cutter looked like but sometimes having a visual is better. My husband welded a section tooth onto a screwdriver. Mine is the only one that has a nice handle though. If I do lose it, the loss doesn’t make me feel near as guilty as when I lose a good pocket knife that cost money. I’m proud of my custom-made twine cutter because some people have no idea what it is or what its purpose is and I delight in telling them. To each her own twine cutter!

8 responses to “Our V.I.T. (Very Important Tool)”

  1. Robyn Avatar

    Miss Amy,

    Thanks for the lol! I have a utility box cutter knife that my FIL gave me. It’s a good one and I make a conscious effort to keep close track of it. The Hubby mentioned that he likes it too, now I am on my toes all the time.

    I LOVE your twine cutter. I may request one for myself.

  2. Candy C. Avatar

    I keep my pocket knife twine cutter in the goat milking shed but, invariably, hubby will “borrow” it and it ends up back up here at the house! 😉

  3. Patti Wilson Avatar

    I love it! I use the hoof trimming shears for my sheep to cut twine, they are a handy size and fit into my coat pocket. Of course, I have two shears, because one is usually “lost” at any given time.

  4. Renee-Lucie Benoit Avatar
    Renee-Lucie Benoit

    I’m going to request one, too. What the “hay” (no pun intended)! In the meantime it’s the lil ol pocket knife that stays in the zippered breast pocket of my Dry Duck jacket that I live in. I never go out but I pat the pocket to make sure the knife is in there. And if I’m ever without there’s always the friction knife of sawing twine on twine. But let’s try to avoid that. It’s so much work! BTW I love how you notice the small things.

  5. Amy Avatar

    Thanks Patti, for reading and sharing! It’s always enjoyable to learn how other people do things and what items they use!

  6. Amy Avatar

    A box cutter would be a good idea for J’s Christmas list and to get a “homemade” one is pretty easy for him to make. We actually have two homemade ones; one for each side door pocket so passengers can help out.

  7. Amy Avatar

    I try to note the small things we use every day because more often than not, other people out there use the same things or similar, and can relate. I love making connections with other people this way!

  8. Amy Avatar

    I enjoy learning what other people use! thanks for sharing. Yeah, you gotta watch out for hubbies–once they learn about our little secrets they come around to our way of doing things! LOL

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