Okay, a utility knife isn't the sexiest tool in the toolbox, but it's
damn...errr....utile! I must have gone through 30 of the suckers over
the years. Almost all of them were Stanley, some better than others.
Most knives hold five extra blades and there are several ways to change
blades. Some knives have to be opened with a screwdriver to change the
blade. Others have a button you push to release the blade and a
swingout holder for the spare blades, and the new blade is inserted in
the front of the knife. Stanley must have had ten different versions
of utility knives in all.
I had one I liked and it went walkabout, so I was using my
less-than-favorite backup while I looked for a replacement. Then I ran
across this Lawson autoloading knife on eBay
What a great knife! The blade is removed by depressing a button on the
front of the knife in the usual way when it is in the fully extended
position. Then you pull back the blade retract button and a new blade
is automatically loaded and ready to go. It takes less than two
seconds to change a blade. I must have changed _thousands_
over the years and wish I'd found this years ago.
It's a little larger and heavier than most utility knives, which is
fine with me as it fits the hand better. It's also a bright yellow
making it easier to locate when it's misplaced or dropped off of a roof
into the ivy.
Anyway, just wanted to share that with anyone who might be interested.