Letter Openers

What do you use to open your mail art? A 19th century engraved letter opener with a carved inlaid alabaster handle? A dull table knife? An overly excited yet always regretful rip with your hands? Your teeth? Join this group and show IUOMA what you use. (Please join if you use your teeth. I couldn't even find a picture of someone doing that on the internet. I may have subconsciously started this group just because I want to see that.)

Members: 20
Latest Activity: Jul 2

If you spring for the bling: A House of Faberge Letter Opener. 25cm, 2400 USD.

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Comment by Hanna Wright on July 2, 2024 at 5:43am
Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on May 11, 2023 at 7:36pm

'opening boxes and boxes and unwrapping each and every little item that the shippers packed...'tis like Christmas, and making wonderful discoveries: like this metal letter opener with wooden handle:

I had forgotten I even still had it!

Comment by Sarah Roe on April 25, 2023 at 12:27am

I've had this letter opener for 25 years, an offhand gift from an ex who never got me anything else. I used to lose it often till it found the perfect home inside a heavy stone vase alongside the other opening implements. Always put it back in the same place and I won't lose it until I forget that I changed the place...

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on April 3, 2023 at 7:41pm

Nice trio, Heidi! Never thought of using my bone burnisher that way. Hmmm.

Comment by Heidi Leech on April 3, 2023 at 6:52pm

A beautiful lapis opener from my parents when they went on a South American cruise years ago, and my überpractical ruler opener (got it at a paper show probably 20 years ago. Also, extra! My 30-year-old well-used bone folder doubles as a letter opener sometimes.

Comment by Hélène LAGACHE on March 29, 2023 at 10:42am

Katerina. Wouah!

Comment by Eduardo Cardoso on March 28, 2023 at 4:35pm

Katerina, that one is beautiful.

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on March 28, 2023 at 2:40pm

Very unique, Kat. 

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 28, 2023 at 1:01pm

'Must be chrome-plated metal, not really genuine "silver",

but it has a friendly music-playing mail art angel on top :-)

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 28, 2023 at 12:59pm

Using the old letter opener that my Greek mother-in-law gave me:


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