The most dangerous tool in the box is a "Bloody Mary." That is a utility
knife that uses a double edge carpet blade. The blade stays out because it
is meant to. You can set it to stay out at an adjustable distance so that
you can cut carpet to a specific depth. I have seen more injuries with
those, and they are always very bloody.
Just MHO from hours and hours and hours of laying carpet for conventions.
I have switched after trying all the single blade knives to the "break off
the end to renew the tip style utility knife". It has a slide button for
positioning the blade that also locks the blade in place when you quit
pushing or pulling. Best utility knife I have ever owned. Blades are cheap
considering that you renew each blade 8 to 10 times and changing blades is a
10 second job.
Isn't it great. How do you break one of these. And that long blade can be very
handy for cutting Styrofoam or insulation batts. I couldn't live without my
I buy the big case of blades and they do me a year.
LeGrande O'range sells a very similar (same?) knife under their
HUSKY brand. I've had one for a couple of years now. It's bulkier than
most and the blade in use has a bad habit of releasing itself when the
cut encounters enough resistance.
Like you, I'm searching for the ultimate utility knife.
I probably have a half dozen at various places in my shop. I probably
actually own twice that many but don't know where they are. I am inclinded
to go the simple route. My utility knife that can open for blade changes w/o
a screwdrive doesn't really hold the blade too well. The one that holds best
is the cheapes but doesn't retract. Has anyone trided the folding variety? I
have one. The folding mechanisim is a bit stiff. If I could open it one
handed like my Spyderco pocket knife it would certainly be a winner. here is
one brand http://www.superknife.com/ mine is a husky from the orange store.
The super knife may be even better.
I got mad the other day when I couldn't find my utility knife so I popped
down to the local borg and bout several knives. My favorite is currently
a sheffield folding knife, but I also got a husky folding knife with built
in blade storage that seems nice. I also found a mini sheffield folding
knife and some mini blades that is great as my everyday letter and box
opener. I still have (somewhere) a stanley utility that I've used for
years, but now I've got a knife everywhere. The office, the shop, my shop
apron, the electronics toolbox etc. etc. Thank goodness the wife and kids
have no interest in tools and leave my stuff alone or I'd have to buy even
Try the utility knife from Lennox(gold series)
It is by far the best utility knife I have used. I rarely have a blade
slip out of the tip. The only downside is that you have to use Lennox
blades to be most effective
Got 5 free blades (plus a lot of spam) from Irvin and tried the first one
today. Really good! Very sharp, bends but does not break and seems to
retain an edge pretty well. Don't know what they cost in comparison to
others, but I'll look for them the next time I need blades.
Yep. I use hook blades frequently. I bought two of the Lawson's so I
can have one loaded with each type of blade.
It's a funny thing about the weight of it. In general one would think
that lighter would be better. Then you pick up a nice tool with some
heft to it, and it just feels better in the hand.
The only one worth a damn IMO. Dangerous as hell because of the long blade but
strong like ox and always sharp. I have used the same one for a couple decades
now. I even have 6 stitches in my thumb from it . My only serious work related
On Thu, 23 Feb 2006 10:14:54 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I should add mine has a straight handle which is good because I'm left handed.
This new curved handle model would suck as it puts the rubber side of the knife
on the wrong side of your hand.
I had to modify the slider blade holding thingy on mines so I could put my
blades in backwards. It serves me well.
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