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    It seems with age my skin isn't a tough as it once was. sometime when pushing on the back of my knife blade, it causes discomfort to the ball of my thumb. I get to use an oxygen concentrator at night and every once in while I get new tubing, & it just kills me to throw away the old tubing. I found a solution to both my problems, I take a small piece of the tubing, make a cut done one side and superglue it to the back of the blade.

    Don't know if there are any more old softies out there, but I thought I would just air this out
    . . .JoeB

  • #2
    Good plan = it spreads the load out. Must remember that.
    I push a lot on the spines of the single edged crooked knives.
    How big is the tubing? Like aquarium air pump tubing = 1/4" Tygon?

    I wear cloth-lined regular leather hardware store gloves for carving.
    I think they must soften the blow as well.
    I used to get dry and split thumb tip skin = couldn't even do up shirt buttons.
    Brian T


    • #3
      Brian, the tubing mics 3/16" OD & and the inside is kind of corrugated. but about 5/32"
      . . .JoeB


      • #4
        Sounds good Joe, but won't the tubing get in the way when you strop your knife?... just curious.
        If you're looking for me, you'll find me in a pile of wood chips somewhere...


        • #5
          Hi Joe
          This tubing sounds like the supply hose on my wife's CP machine, I have about five feet of it out in my shop,wasn't sure what to do with it,thanks for the tip


          • #6
            Wayne, yes it can, especially on narrow blades, but after the glue dries completely, trim it close to the top of the knife.
            Bruce, us old hoarders .

            . . .JoeB