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: 19
Latest Activity: 22 hours ago

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

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Comment by greg diaz 22 hours ago

Thank you for the invite Mark Johnson.

Comment by Mark Johnson 22 hours ago

Interesting you should share your thrift store purchases, Greg. When I thought about a topic for a group my other consideration was one focused on thrift store purchased mail art supplies. Your comment ticks both the letter opener and thrift store topic boxes.

Comment by greg diaz 23 hours ago

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

Comment by Mark Johnson yesterday

I like how geometric that one is, Mim.

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin yesterday

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

Comment by Mim Golub Scalin on Monday

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 Monday

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 Mark Johnson on Sunday

Thank you for sharing your repurposed steak knives, Franny. I would do the same if I had steak knives as I am also a vegetarian.

Comment by Franny Wahinehae on Sunday

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 Mark Johnson on Sunday

@Ilya, and yes, please share a photo of your great-grandfather's letter opener.


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