Don’t know how to open velcro quietly? You’ve tried, struggled, and probably failed.
Nothing beats velcro when it comes to fastening and securing things. We use it all the time in our household ― from electric wire cords to fishing poles and down to the ties of our shoes. Velcro is a very useful tool.
Our only problem? It’s too loud! Peeling off a strip of velcro comes with a nasty rip that everyone can hear. But when stealth is required, that’s a big no-no.
Would you believe that there is a way to open a velcro strip without making any sounds? Keep reading for 5 tricks to turn you into a velcro opening ninja.
How to Open Velcro Quietly
A LIFE HACK that will get you far is learning how to open velcro noiselessly.
Whether you’re carrying out a super-secret spy plan or if you just have way too much time on your hands, here are the 5 ways you can do so.
Method #1: Using Your Thumbs
If there’s a simple approach to opening a velcro without a sound, it’s to USE your THUMBS and FINGERS to slowly peel the strips away.
It’s a classic strategy that doesn’t require you to make any alterations ― so, no cutting, no lighting fires, or using other objects.
How to do it?
- Get a good grip of the velcro’s hook side or the rough patch. Use your left hand to hold it in place.
- Your left thumb should be placed squarely on top, while index fingers underneath.
- Remember to have a firm hold on the hook side so that it doesn’t slip or make a sound.
- And peel slowly! Rather than peel, SLIDE it off by pushing the strip while keeping your left thumb and index finger holding onto it. The trick here is being careful and trying not to move it around too much. Advance slowly, inches by inches, until the velcro opening is completely off.
The only catch to it is having A LOT of patience and extra care. It’s not something you can do in a snap. You can’t rush the process.
Method #2: Using a Sharp Knife (FAVORITE)
Another strategy that doesn’t need permanent alteration is sliding a knife on the velcro strip.
You don’t need any fancy knife for this, just your ordinary kitchen knife or handy Swiss knife is sharp enough for the job.
Now, what you’re going to do is to SLIP it in between the hooks and tiny loops and advance centimeter by centimeter ― almost like you’re slicing off a piece of premium tuna.
Do it slowly and carefully.
Method #3: Using a Lighter
When you’re in a time crunch, making a permanent modification to the velcro is the better option.
A technique that’s taught and practiced by Special Forces soldiers is to light the hooks on fire.
For this, you’ll have to approach it slowly and take great pains not to accidentally burn the tiny loops, or else you won’t be able to use your velcro again.
Just a tip, don’t hold the flame too long on the surface. It can burn, and you can harm yourself. We only need to take the tiniest bits off to shorten the hooks and prevent the ripping sound.
So, the next time you pull apart a velcro, you’d be surprised at how silent it is.
Method #4: Masking it With Other Sounds
In true warrior fashion, do the scream!
We know this comes off oddly, but the best way to fight noise is with noise.
If you want to hide the sound of a velcro pocket opening, then do a little war cry or mask it with the sound of a vacuum or the ice cream truck when you open a strip.
It’s not the most silent technique, but, hey, it still works.
Here’s the perfect example:
Method #5: Using a Silent Velcro
Recently, VELCRO® and some other scientists have been trying to develop a newer and more improved product: the silent velcro.
Unlike its predecessor, a silent velcro uses unidirectional hooks. This time around, the hooks are aligned with each other so that when you pull it in one direction, it won’t make any sounds.
Works just like magic!
What is Velcro for?
To begin with, velcro is a hook and loop fastener that was developed in the 1940s by a Swiss engineer.
At the time, these hook and loop fasteners were a new and unconventional way to secure and bind things. Instead of using buttons, zippers, and needles to fasten and stitch together, velcro is made up of velvet and crochet.
By simply attaching the “hairy” side of the strip onto the surface of an object and pressing it against each other, it can stick the items together ― all without leaving any permanent marks.
Sounds pretty convenient, doesn’t it?
All you need to do is to pull it apart ― just like that!
Tactical Situations Where You Might Need to Open Velcro Silently
Tactical situations require going into full stealth mode — ZERO SOUND.
Here are just a few circumstances that you might find yourself needing to open a velcro quietly:
- Hunting in the woods
- Spying on an enemy camp
- Shooting a video in a Hollywood movie set
- Rescuing a damsel in distress
- Surprising your partner
Because of how effortless and cheap it is, hook and loop fasteners quickly became popular. Since then, people have used it in pretty much everything and anything.
Try checking your shoe closet. Most likely, you’ll find a pair of sandals or rubber shoes that have velcro straps. Or even one of your shorts.
Check the pockets. Some jackets and bottoms even use velcro as a zipper, especially in the army.
Military and navy cargo pants have a lot of velcro pockets, so it’s easy to whip out a weapon or call when there’s an emergency.
That’s why its nickname is a “zipperless zipper.”
But it’s not only used in clothes but also in a lot of household items. There are many creative ways you can use velcro.
There you have it. Even though at first mention, opening velcro silently might have sounded as impossible as using a hammer quietly, there actually are proven ways to still do it.
You can get rid of the nasty rip that comes with velcro by using the 5 ways we detailed above!
You’re sure to be a full-fledged ninja without any sounds or traces!
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