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Offline notenoughcash

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favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:04 PM »
haveing worked on a few houses of my frends i have used a fair few utility knifes.  we all use them for one thing or another so what is your favourate.  for site work it is a stanley 99e with a carbide blade and for home use a little ox one like thishttps://www.oxtools.co.uk/hand-tools/woodworking-tools/cutting-knives-blades/trade-retractable-utility-knife.html.  machanism is smoooooth and stick a decent blade in it and it'll cut all day.

one thing i will say though is it is the blade that makes the knife.
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Offline rst

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 02:39 PM »
I've been using Olga knives with break away blades.  I have several different  sizes,  my favorite is their heavy duty.

Online Dogberryjr

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 02:52 PM »
Milwaukee Fastback for me.  It's replaced my pocketknife, in fact.

Offline ginge

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2020, 03:38 PM »
Been using a delphin/dolphin knifes exclusively for about 15 years. There is no greater knife for comfort, balance and control. I can’t recommend them enough.


Offline Vtshopdog

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 04:49 PM »
Whichever one I find first....

+1 on Milwaukee Fastback -
I have a smaller one and a full size. Both have very solid, slop free blade mount and easy changes.

Offline SRSemenza

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2020, 05:30 PM »
I have two but they are the same basic shape and size. I like the grip and slight angle. Quick change blade and tool free blade storage. One is a little thicker than the other.











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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 05:35 PM »
I’ve used this Bessey for years. I’ve always gone for a regular carpenters knife, but ever since I tried this it has become a standard outfit in addition to my regular knives.
Details as thumb rest and integrated spare blade compartment makes it stand out. EDIT: forgot; folding and a integrated belt-/pocket clip.

https://www.bessey.de/en-US/BESSEY-Tools-North-America/Products/Cutting-Tools/Folding-utility-knives-and-multi-function-tools/Folding-utility-knife-ABS-comfort-grip-handle
« Last Edit: March 23, 2020, 05:41 PM by FestitaMakool »
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Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2020, 05:52 PM »
+1 for the Milwaukee Fastbacks.
I have 3 different ones, love them all. Nice grip and fit my Hand better than the Bessey or Stanley.

Currently running DeWalt Carbide blades which I like a lot!

Offline jeffinsgf

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2020, 05:53 PM »
Been using a delphin/dolphin knifes exclusively for about 15 years. There is no greater knife for comfort, balance and control. I can’t recommend them enough.

Thanks...ordered. I used to use a Stanley fixed blade utility knife years ago when I was in construction. I loved it, but didn't have a sheath for it and had to keep one pocket of my tool belt reserved for it...still cut myself once or twice. Like the shape of this Dolphin and with the sheath, I can have a fixed blade knife and not have to carry band-aids.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 09:15 PM »
I have 4 of the utility knives with the retract blade. Much safer than the fixed blade units.
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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 09:57 PM »
Safer to carry? Undoubtedly. Safer to use? I don't think so.

Offline neilc

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 10:53 PM »
I have the Bessey and like it a lot. 

But if you want to go to the next level... Preorder the MakerKnife.  I’ve had one for a year and gave two to my son and son-in-law for Christmas. Definitely the Festool of utility knives.

Made by the maker Giaco Whatever out of Italy.  Not cheap but it is the best I have used of any utility knife.  Fast to open and close.  Lightweight.  Secure blade holding.  Adjustable to your feel.  This is not a ‘lending’ knife but you will reset your utility knife expectations after using it!

And his YouTube channel is great too.  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYH-XXUE2QDaWKvABsWJh8w

www.makerknife.com
« Last Edit: March 23, 2020, 11:02 PM by neilc »

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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 11:12 PM »
I never thought that at some time in my life I'd be prosteletising the virtues of any Ryobi product...but it is what it is.
 
Actually, these were first manufactured by Husky and named The Nack...the original sales line was "Don't Hack, Get the Nack!   [big grin]
I don't know the story line from there on out, were the patents sold? Was Husky purchased by Ryobi? Don't know.

https://toolmonger.com/2008/12/08/utility-knife-revolver/

These are by far and away the best knives to use. I have Olfa's, Stanley's, a Lennox and a Milwaukee...this thing just kicks butt.  No tools are needed to advance the knife or to rotate the knife cartridge or to swap out the knife cartridge. 15 blade changes are available by just rotating the cartridge and then another 15 blade changes are available when you rotate the cartridge end-for-end. So 30 fresh blades per cartridge and all without tools. 

The carbide blades for a Stanley however, are very interesting for certain applications.

« Last Edit: March 25, 2020, 10:10 AM by Cheese »

Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2020, 05:57 AM »
I've been using the stanley 10-825 since they came out (went through a lot of them already, and first thing I do when I get a new one is removing the belthook).

Before that this model was my favourite:

I like the quick blade change and the in-handle spare blade storage (I always keep 2 straight and one hooked blade in the handle) At some point in time stanley changed the rubber on the handle of my previous favourite to hard plastic. The lighter weight of the folding version quickly made it my new fav,

Interesting thread, If I see it in a store I'll pick up one of those milwaukees to try out. The maker knife looks awesome, and it can easily be used as a bottle opener (allthough I would never use it as such if  I had one, for some reason I always use my cigarette lighter)

Offline rvieceli

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2020, 08:31 AM »
@Cheese it appears that Home Depot no longer carries those Ryobi quick change knives. They say they are discontinued on the website.

Ron

Offline JayStPeter

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2020, 09:34 AM »
I don't even want to tell anyone how many utility knives I have.  I think I qualify as a collector instead of a user  [eek].

When it comes time to grab one to use, I grab the Milwaukee Fastback.  Just a great one hand mechanism and a solid knife.  Push the button and flick it in or out.  If you look at the two pack with the larger and smaller knife, I prefer the smaller one.  I think an old school Stanley fixed blade is also a necessity for some hard core work.  When you're working on something and not sure you'll need one, throw one of the little Gerber's in your pocket.
Makerknife is definitely the coolest, but I don't reach for it very often.

« Last Edit: March 25, 2020, 11:17 AM by JayStPeter »
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2020, 10:20 AM »
@Cheese it appears that Home Depot no longer carries those Ryobi quick change knives. They say they are discontinued on the website.

Ya Ron @rvieceli trying to find some blades was problematic. I finally purchased several 7-packs from a place called Minnesota Ice Picks. I paid $20 for each 7-pack...pretty inexpensive when you do the math. 210 cutting edges for $20.

Offline RussellS

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2020, 06:36 PM »
I have a couple Stanley utility knives.  One in my tool belt, in a pocket designed perfectly to fit a utility knife.  And one in a drawer in my kitchen.  Kitchen knife is used to cut various things when needed.  Especially opening boxes I've ordered from Amazon.  Super handy.  Tool belt knife is used to sharpen the carpenter's pencil and anything I need to cut.  Never needed much precision or high quality with a utility knife.  Stanley works fine.

Offline mkasdin

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2020, 06:49 PM »
Lennox and Lennox blades. Purchased from Lowe’s.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2020, 08:05 PM »
@Cheese it appears that Home Depot no longer carries those Ryobi quick change knives. They say they are discontinued on the website.

Ron

Ryobi still has the knife on their website, it's the old blue color tool so maybe not available anymore.

https://www.ryobitools.com/power-tools/products/details/quick-change-utility-knife

Yeah, when you follow the 'buy it now' link on the Ryobi web page above it says it's discontinued.

The instruction sheet is still available though.

https://images.homedepot-static.com/catalog/pdfImages/e6/e60324eb-f2e4-434f-a08f-202beb63d954.pdf

There are some blade cartridges on eBay as I write this.

Is this the original?
https://toolmonger.com/2008/12/08/utility-knife-revolver/
« Last Edit: March 26, 2020, 08:20 PM by Bob D. »
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Offline derekcohen

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2020, 10:44 AM »
What does one use a “utility” knife to do?

Do you use it for marking out? It is pretty clumsy for this task.

Do you use it to cut string, or cut cardboard boxes? it can do this, but that is hardly woodworking.

I own some of of the knives mentioned here. Sometimes I carry one in pocket waiting for the opportunity to use it. It gets replaced on the shelf, where it sulks.

The knives I like need to also work on the bench ... marking dovetails or tenons, scoring lines. That they can be used in a more general way as well is a bonus.

Best and cheapest: Stanley ...



From Lee Valley, a fisherman’s knife, which I reground into a straight blade (it was curved ...



And this Damascus bladed Japanese folding knife ...



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Offline Bert Vanderveen

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2020, 01:12 PM »
Best and cheapest: Stanley ...




Plus one on the Stanley! Lost mine and was so crushed that I ordered two (one has te be prepared). Also have fifty blades in stock.
My original one was 'shiny', the newer ones look like the one in the picture — not as nice IMO. But hey…
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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #22 on: March 27, 2020, 02:08 PM »
Is this the original?
https://toolmonger.com/2008/12/08/utility-knife-revolver/

I believe it is Bob. Here's a shot of the replacement blades I purchased with Tim Allen's face on the front.  [eek]  The Husky is aluminum while the Ryobi's are plastic. I use the Stanley's for shingles & tar paper.




Offline Charles959

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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2020, 03:50 PM »
Milwaukee Fastback for me.  It's replaced my pocketknife, in fact.

Wirecutter chose the Milwaukee 48-22-1903:

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-utility-knife/

Offline Crox G

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« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2020, 06:53 PM »
I'm with Derek #20 and Bert #21 on the small folding Stanley.  It's the one that Paul Sellers uses, too.  It slides nicely into one of the slots in my Festool apron. The blade hones to razor-sharp.

I had trouble opening the blade, because there's no thumbnail groove.  A drop of thick CA glue near the edge of the blade makes it easy.

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« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2020, 11:08 PM »
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« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2020, 10:01 AM »
The 'MUTHA'...  accept no Other.




Offline RKA

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« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2020, 11:00 AM »
Utility knives are like pencils.  I always need one and it's no good to me if I can't find it.  I use these things for messy tasks, not dovetails.  The blades get plunged into concrete every now an again.  They get tossed on my lawn while I'm working, and I would really like to bring them inside when I'm done doing what I'm doing. 

After having lost or misplaced my gray Stanley countless times (it was my one and only for a long time) from an hour to years, I threw in the towel and purchased several Dewalt retractable blade utility knives.  The ones with bright yellow.  Or the Lenox (white).  I also added some Olfa knives (also bright yellow), their blades are really very good.  I haven't misplaced one since...well, not for more than a few minutes.  And none lost on the lawn. 

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Offline hallsvt

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Re: favorite utility (Stanley) knife?
« Reply #28 on: September 09, 2020, 10:28 AM »
Agree with Cheese re the Nack / Ryobi / Husky Quick Change Utility Knife.  Too bad that these have been discontinued and no longer available (other than on eBay). 

These were invented and patented by Ted Funger of Burlington, Ontario in the mid/late 1990s.  Manufactured by Omega Tool Corporation in Ontario, which specializes in plastic tooling, the Nack Knife was first marketed by a company (maybe Mr. Funger's?) named Nack Products in the US & Canada which promoted the Nack Knife as the first tool in Tim "Toolman Taylor" Allen's short-lived line of "Tim Allen Signature Tools".  Mr. Funger's invention won “Best Invention of The Year” and also the invention with the "most worldwide commercial opportunity" (ironically, as it turned out).

The Nack Knife was later rebranded/relabeled for Ryobi as the "Ryobi Quick Change Knife", sold primarily at Home Depot.  Later, when Ryobi discontinued their version, Home Depot picked it up and sold it as the Husky Nack Knife and the aluminum-bodied Husky Nack Pro.  In Europe, I believe the Nack Knife was marketed as the Rota Knife.  All these versions use the same rotating knife cartridges. 

Their genius was probably also the cause of their demise:  with 30 blades per cartridge, one Nack Knife and cartridge would last most consumers for the rest of their lives, and you could go for years, maybe decades, before you needed to buy a new 30-blade cartridge. Needless to say, the Nack Knife did not benefit from many repeat sales.

These days, Nack Knifes in original packaging are going for $30-40 on eBay, way more than what they sold for originally, and the replacement cartridges are growing increasingly scarce, typically $7 per. The metal versions, either Nack-brand or Husky Nack Pro are even more rare, for good reason.  Cartridges with hooked blades for cutting thick materials (carpet, linoleum, roofing material) are/were also available.

Worth grabbing if you come across one of these, but I'd also get a replacement cartridge on eBay while you still can.

https://toolmonger.com/2008/12/08/utility-knife-revolver/

These are by far and away the best knives to use. I have Olfa's, Stanley's, a Lennox and a Milwaukee...this thing just kicks butt.  No tools are needed to advance the knife or to rotate the knife cartridge or to swap out the knife cartridge. 15 blade changes are available by just rotating the cartridge and then another 15 blade changes are available when you rotate the cartridge end-for-end. So 30 fresh blades per cartridge and all without tools. 

The carbide blades for a Stanley however, are very interesting for certain applications.

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