Week 16 Results: Scissors Are NOT Knives

Last week was the pretty terrible. As we mentioned in our previous post, Joshua is a huge fan of knives. He loves the complexity of construction, the ingenuity in each design, and the functionality of the tools. Knives are also just super fun to carry. There is an unspoken comfort that comes from knowing that we have a tool that fills a multitude of roles if a situation should ever arise. Giving up something we really enjoy was tough. But even more than that, using alternative cutting methods is difficult and potentially dangerous.

For some reason, we had to go and make it extra difficult by excluding our kitchen knives as well. We did not realize just how often we used our kitchen knives. From cutting meat, to dicing veggies, to slicing some cheese, we use our knives for a large variety of tasks in the kitchen.

Scissors were our friend this week. But scissors are not as useful or functional as a solid, well-made knife. Our food ended up mangled and crushed because the scissors were not precise enough to slice and dice. We were able to survive, but food prep was extraordinarily difficult.

We also tested the theory of pocket knife necessity. Remember that some people, maybe even people reading this post, do not believe a knife is an essential daily item. Well, some people are wrong, as we learned this week. We used a variety of items to snip, slice, and cut open things. But scissors, keys, pens, and teeth just weren’t good enough. Several times we simply game up and left something uncut. A knife would have come in handy on multiple occasions throughout the course of our week. Several of the small tasks were achieved, but having the proper cutting tool would have made the task safer and smoother.

Joshua traveled to Atlanta for work this week. He knew he would not be able to bring a knife through the airport, so he carried a small pry bar instead. It was a little more useful than his keys or teeth, but only slightly. It was awkward to carry in his suit pants, so he left it at his hotel on several occasions.

Bethany didn’t struggle as much when it came to random day-to-day tasks such as opening envelopes or using packing tape; but she missed kitchen knives. Bethany LOVES to cook and prepare food, and it can be very difficult to do that with no knives. Unfortunately, if we were grading ourselves, we would have to give Bethany a C- because she caved several times this week while prepping food. She did get to use her spiralizer more often than normal which was fun; but it could not fulfill all the needs that a knife does.

We hope to never have to experience this again. This was one of our toughest challenges by far. It was’t just inconvenient. It made our lives, including our schedule, much more challenging. We are thankful for the opportunity to have knives back into the rotation. Our slicing needs are nicely covered.

What is one thing you have given up that turned out to be more difficult than you expected? Feel free to share your experiences and let us know if you have any ideas for things we can give up moving forward.

2 thoughts

  1. How about giving up imperishable food products one week? Or perishable food items? Protective outerwear (ie, coats, hats, umbrellas, gloves)? I bet that would make you very intentional about when you planned your out-of-doors trips!


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