Introduction: Rip Paper in a Striaght Line

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We've all been in a situation without scissors and end up ripping a zigzag line of paper. This happens all the time in forums you have to fill out. This instructable aims to eliminate the problem by teaching you to rip paper in a straight line. I'm not claiming this is my idea, many people have thought of it before me and it's a trick I've learned from my parents.

Step 1: Folding

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First fold along the line you would like to rip and crease hard.

Step 2: Preparing the Crease

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Now, use your nail and run it along the fold line while squeezing. Fold the paper the other way and repeat.

Step 3: Ripping

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Unfold the paper and use two hands to pull it apart (do not rip it side ways).

Congratulations, you now have a straight rip that is probably straighter than you can cut with scissors (without a paper cutter and if you did it right)


lemonie (author)2009-06-09

Splitting it with a ruler (like a blunt knife) also helps. L

Weissensteinburg (author)2009-06-08

Licking the fold, or applying some sort of liquid to the it will help it tear more easily.

NarNar (author)2009-06-08

Thank you very much for this great instructable!

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