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chris1010 12-06-2007 07:21 AM

What do you hate most about your utility knife?
 
What do you hate the most? What do you wish it could do? Please, I'm very curious to hear everyones complaints. Is it the way the blade retracts, the difficulty of changing it, the color, the material, ANYTHING! complain, complain, complain...the more the better

ToolGuy 12-06-2007 08:02 AM

To be honest, there is such a wide variety on the market I managed to find my near perfect match. But okay, I said 'near' perfect. I like the Stanley knife with the rubber grip. I thought the rubber would peel off over time but so far it hasn't. My one gripe, however, is the screw. I've tried all the other "quick change" and "tooless" knives, but I don't care for the knife itself. If someone could make a knife exactly like my favorite Stanley but with a mechanism to replace the screw, so I don't have to find a screwdriver or similar object every time I need to change the blade, it would be the perfect utility knife.

http://www.mytoolbox.net/houserepair...nley_Knife.jpg

travelover 12-06-2007 08:20 AM

I hate the way my runs and hides. Insulating my attic I lost three in the fiberglass, somewhere! :D

Kerrylib 12-06-2007 09:34 AM

I hate the retractable blade utility knives. The way they hold the blade is horrible. The blad ends up shifting around and then digging into the case of the knife and making it imposible to open/close.

I also have a flip open/lockback utility knife. Looks like a typical lockback, but uses utility blades. I like that I can just replace the blade, but it leaves me with only about 1" of blade to use. It is also BULKY. The blade holding method is absolutely idiotic.

Make a decent blade holding mechanism that does the following:
1. holds the blade solidly
2. easy to change w/out tools
3. weighs less than your table saw
4. fits nicely in hand with or without gloves.

Of course there are lots more ideas and I could go on, but these are some highlights.

chris1010 12-06-2007 07:43 PM

I agree, the retractable blade knives tend to do a poor job of holding the blade. These ideas and complaints are great, keep them coming..

travelover 12-07-2007 05:00 AM

I agree with above posts, a rigidly held blade, perhaps with a removable sheath would be preferable. Maybe instead of a screw, an over center type lock would hold the blade tightly and without need for tools to change it.

ToolGuy 12-07-2007 06:33 AM

Come to think of it, one feature I've seen on some knives is a plastic swing-open type blade reservoir, and the blade sheath somehow extended enough to allow changing the blade. With that design one never had to open the handle at all. I'm not sure how well the sheath held the blade, probably flimsy as any retractable type. Wait, let me google...

Ahah, found it! It's the top one.


cranbrook2 12-11-2007 07:27 PM

I hate the feeling of the blade as it is cutting through my thumb right down to the bone. :eek: :D
Luckily it has only happened a few times. :rolleyes:
It only happens when i put a nice sharp blade in. :mad:

Square Eye 12-16-2007 12:08 PM

The knife that Tool Guy has shown is the same knife I've been carrying for years. Blade control doesn't seem to be too bad for a retractable and it has never jammed on the blade against the case. That's the best knife I have found by far, small, lightweight, blade storage, precise cutting/blade holding.

ToolGuy 12-16-2007 03:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Square Eye (Post 13361)
The knife that Tool Guy has shown is the same knife I've been carrying for years. Blade control doesn't seem to be too bad for a retractable and it has never jammed on the blade against the case. That's the best knife I have found by far, small, lightweight, blade storage, precise cutting/blade holding.

I have 3 of them - two Stanleys and one no-name copycat brand. The latter lost the slider button within a few days of cutting drywall. There's something to be said for paying a little (very little) more for quality brands. ;)


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