HISTORY OF PASCO COUNTY
The String Knife
By J. W. HUNNICUTT
In the summers of 1953 and 1954, after my sophmore and junior years at Pasco High School, I worked in Cummer Sons’ Cypress Company’s planing mill.
The first day on the job I was issued a “string knife” and a wooden peg. Jack Brabham, the Planing Mill Foreman, had a $.25 deposit for the knife deducted from my first pay envelope.
The string knife, actually a ring knife, was worn on the ring finger and used to cut the string when bundling lumber and moldings. A slip knot was tied, the string was wrapped around the peg a couple of turns and pulled tight then the string was cut. With a little practice it became an easy and quick procedure. The moldings were then loaded into a box car. The box car loading was also my job.