The Pleasure of Cutting

Have you recently taken a minute to appreciate the pleasure of something as regular as using a cutter?

Like everything else in life, the pleasure starts at the starting point. That exact one-dimensional dot that you decide to start cutting from. Oh, the beautiful, limitless potential of a whole 360 degrees lounging aimlessly around this starting dot. You have so many directions to go. Each direction will disconnect a different plain, separate a different two atoms.

Then you dig, and you take a second to appreciate the amazing power the blade yields over the paper. The wondrous precision of the pointy edge of the blade, digging into the starting point of where you want to cut. The hard, cold, metal edge sinks into the spongy fibers of the paper. The paper becomes so welcoming, allowing the metal to go beyond its surface into its very pulp, its very soul.

Then you pull. And ah… the soft, satisfying feeling of pressure, causing the paper to gently splitting open, accompanied by the whispy sound of matter separating into a clean, smooth line.

I love it.


  1. Meshx86

    December 9, 2013 @ 1:03 am

    have you tried Minecraft ?

  2. Roba

    December 9, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    No, my brother keeps trying to get me to play it though :)

  3. Meshx86

    December 9, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    give it a try there is a demo version and there is a Mac version too !
    cutting is more interesting there !

  4. Dina

    December 12, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    I love x-acto knives. And sharpies. Is that weird?

    Great post. You articulated the pleasure(s) of cutting beautifully.

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