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With a letter opener, slitting envelopes to get at their contents becomes an easy task. The openers have a simple structure, a plain handle, and a long, moderately sharp blade.

Some letter openers feature unique patterns or engravings on the handle. Made from precious metals or carrying with them an important history, some qualify as antique or vintage treasures. Choose a letter opener that fits your personality and taste and keep it handy for opening your mail.