Victorinox is known for the ubiquitous Swiss Army knives found in many outdoor gear kits. The company makes other knives for different purposes, including a line of budding and grafting knives. These knives are used in agriculture, often in grape production. These knives are typically single-blade devices with a blunt tip and retractable housing. The knives are designed to cut vines, which are later used in modifying other plants via grafting.
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Grip the Victorinox budding and grafting knife in your dominate hand. Use your thumbnail or fingernail to push the blade open at the indentation toward the top of the blade. Push the blade open until it locks into the open and secure position.
Grip a vine or plant stack to be cut and slice it at a 45-degree angle going away from your body. As you slice the vine or stalk, use a forward pushing motion much like a one-way saw. The result should be a clean cut with no jagged edges to the vine.
Grip the knife with the blade edge facing away from your body. Push the blade down at the dull edge with the thumb until it pops out of the locked and secure position. Push the blade back into the housing.
Tips and warnings
- Wipe the knife off after each session with a chamois. Sharpen the knife blade with a sharpening stone and oil if the blade gets dull.
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