If you need to cut some string but don't have a knife handy, are looking to tease the new kid on the jobsite, or some combination of both, the Essential Craftsman has a useful tip for you. Turns out, you can cut string pretty easily with your bare hands. Don't believe me? I'll bet you twenty bucks.
The technique almost looks like a trick if you pull it off fast enough, but there's no funny business here. It's just friction and, if you're feeling it, a little bit of showmanship. As the Craftsman explains:
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What's the thickest rope you can cut with this method? There's only one way to find out. Just make sure you find a new sucker each time.
Source: Essential Craftsman