One of the other functions of the applicative, albeit a rare one, is the expression of use of an instrument. This only occurs when there is no risk of ambiguity, i.e. when the complement cannot be interpreted as beneficiary.
A:O-zw-í mbelí pó na níni?
[2SG-fetch-PRS.PRF knife for to what]
'Why have you taken the knife?'
B:Na-kát-él-í yangó nyama
[1SG-cut-APPL-PRS.PRF 3SG.INAN meat]
'I’ve used it to cut the meat'
Mbelí óyo na-kát-él-í lípa, e-zal-í mo-néne
[knife REL 1SG-cut-APPL-PRS.PRF bread, 3SG.INAN-be-PRS.PRF SG-big]
'The knife with which I’ve cut the bread, is big'