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: 22
Latest Activity: May 11

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

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Comment by G. Diaz on March 22, 2023 at 11:09pm

Thank you for the invite Mark Johnson.

Comment by G. Diaz on March 22, 2023 at 9:46pm

My main tools for opening envelopes. I found theses at Goodwill.

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on March 22, 2023 at 2:12am

My husband said he found this at a flea market. It’s quite a good opener. 

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on March 20, 2023 at 11:01pm

I guess this is a popular item for businesses to give out. They’re useful for sure. We use this business to ship art work. 

Comment by Alan Brignull on March 20, 2023 at 11:39am

I'm glad to know that there are people in the world who care about letter-openers — that there are people who even know what a letter-opener is! My favourite is an old penknife with a bone handle, made in Sheffield and found among my dad's belongings. It has been sharpened so many times over the years that it is beautifully pointy for poking into the flap.

Comment by Franny Wahinehae on March 19, 2023 at 9:17pm

My letter openers are the TrueSteel (TM) steak knives inherited from Grandmom. Pretty funny since we are a vegetarian household. Since Grandmom was my very first penpal, it just seems right. When we went through her effects, we found boxes (and boxes) of kids' art and correspondence from way beyond. I guess you can say it was my very first mail art, actually.

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on March 19, 2023 at 4:30pm
Comment by Eduardo Cardoso on March 19, 2023 at 1:12pm

Posting again because my other comment, together with the image, mysteriously vanished.

Comment by Hélène LAGACHE on March 19, 2023 at 9:26am

@ Adam

That was very impressive!


Comment by Mail Art Martha on March 19, 2023 at 7:22am

First of all, Mark, I congratulate you for being a considerate correspondent and leaving a small gap to insert a letter opener. Lots of people do not, even sealing the envelope completely with tape.

I am terrified to cut the content when I need to use scissors.

My technique is different from that of Ilya; I cut a tiny bit of a corner to be able to insert the letter opener and pray to Mercury. (Surely he is the god of Mail Art?)

I shall be back with photos.


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