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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2016, 04:04:06 PM »
Moras are nifty, and you can't beat the price. Not as enamoured with the classic wood handle versions, although the blades are great, but the newer handles rock. My most recent one is a thick bladed Craftsline Carpentry version with a broad chisel tip and single bevel edge down one side with the opposite flat for light batoning. Haven't really used it (honestly, I horde, rather than use, most of my blades) yet, but it's sweet. When I clicked it on Amazon, it had a link to an even more robust version, with double beveled blade, with the Bahco brand and marketed as a demolition knife, so I couldn't resist.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2016, 03:41:02 AM »
http://www.derma-safe.com/  would be the site

I get virus warning when I try the site

I don't....and the site is right, thanks for the corrected address. Not sure why it has warnings. But if you're worried, the blades can be bought on ebay, countycomm.com and many prepping eshops.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #33 on: July 16, 2016, 10:36:22 PM »
Ok I like the Stanley for the heavy stuff BUT  I love the Olga slim for multipurpose lightweight and mid weight stuff. Very handy. Very sleek. I keep it in my shirt pocket at work and have used it daily many times a day for years!

http://www.olfaproducts.com/SPD/olfa-svr-1-olfa-silver-deluxe-ss-cutter-blade--2B0000-1137368844.jsp

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #34 on: July 16, 2016, 11:17:57 PM »
Ok I like the Stanley for the heavy stuff BUT  I love the Olga slim for multipurpose lightweight and mid weight stuff. Very handy. Very sleek. I keep it in my shirt pocket at work and have used it daily many times a day for years!

http://www.olfaproducts.com/SPD/olfa-svr-1-olfa-silver-deluxe-ss-cutter-blade--2B0000-1137368844.jsp

I do need to try one of those.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #35 on: July 17, 2016, 05:06:43 PM »
hmm. tempting....

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #36 on: July 30, 2016, 02:56:58 AM »
I got a couple OLFA's and have to say they are an impressive tool with excellent Japanese quality and tactile feel.  It's really a totally different beast than the 99E, with roughly the same dimensions as a carpenter's pencil and held similarly in the hand for more precise cuts.  I'm not sure exactly what its role will be in my life, but it's a keeper.


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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #37 on: July 30, 2016, 01:53:26 PM »
I'll add a few things, I've been carrying a folding utility knife for close to 20 years, the husky is meh. I think the first one I used was a husky but they changed the blade change mechanism and the push button thing likes to let go of the blade in the middle of tough jobs. For really tough jobs I always used the 99e but I've daily carried and almost daily used the folders through the years. I've found the original blade retention mechanism on Sheffield folders,  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0001WBSK8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ApqNxbB7ZBKRP

My original knife with this mechanism was lost after about 10 years and I replaced with the husky, went through wearing out 3 huskies before finding this Sheffield about a year ago. I'm a lot easier on my utility knife these days since I am no longer in construction so this knife should last a lifetime or until I lose it. I will slowly buy 4 or 5 of these to keep around the house, in the cars, etc lol.

Also about blades, I've only used Stanley because I bought a 100 pack back when I was in construction and when it finally ran out I went with what I knew. My boss back in the day used to supply blades and they were usually Stanley but one time we bought 2 100 packs of Ace Hardware brand. Looked like Stanley but as soon as we started using them they dulled about 20 times faster and broke a lot easier. We ended up buying Stanley to finish the job and used the ace brand for light duty stuff.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #38 on: July 30, 2016, 02:23:20 PM »
One that I do not recommend is GERBER EAB   

https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Lite-Pocket-Knife-31-000345/dp/B002RILCLY/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1469909974&sr=1-3&keywords=gerber+knife

While it makes an OK money clip,it is way too heavy and chunky for what utility it provides and I much favor the Gerber Compact SCOUT

https://www.amazon.com/Gerber-Grylls-Compact-Scout-31-000760/dp/B004HYHKH6/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1469910112&sr=1-2&keywords=gerber+scout

Smaller ,lighter,thinner...better knife for pocket carry.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #39 on: July 30, 2016, 02:43:20 PM »
I'm obviously in the minority, but the Gerber EAB gets used far more for opening packaging around the house (not as a money clip) than any other knife I own.  Nothing else feels quite right in my hand anymore when it comes time to cut cardboard.  But I can certainly see how it's not going to work for everyone.

The OLFA could supplant it, though. Time will tell.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #40 on: July 30, 2016, 04:50:42 PM »
The OLFA looks cool, I don't like the look of the EAB because it looks like it would feel awkward in my hand and needs Tool to change the blade and I've carried the Sheffield/husky folder for almost 20 years lol. I will probably try one one of these days.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #41 on: July 30, 2016, 06:14:22 PM »
I like the look of the Gerber, but I would not want to put my finger on the piece under the blade. It makes me nervous just looking at it. There is no guard and I could see my finger going right out into the blade.

And that is the improved version.  The original recalled version was really a problem.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #42 on: July 30, 2016, 07:57:12 PM »
The OLFA could supplant it, though. Time will tell.

Well, it doesn't look like I'll be trading in the Gerber or 99E for everyday use anytime soon.  Having just completed breaking down of a bunch of cardboard boxes, I can confidently say that the OLFA is not a box cutter.  It's perfect for neatly scoring one side of a corrugated piece of cardboard, without punching clear through both sides, but it hopelessly bogs down on anything thicker, even with the blade extended an extra notch to clear both sides.  For the thin stuff, though, it's pure joy.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #43 on: November 15, 2016, 10:39:53 AM »
I ot and used for a week what seems to be either a different version of the gerber or a copy of.
http://www.gearbest.com/edc-tools/pp_361406.html
a pic comparison shows it to be less robust, but i still find it adequate.
But no way as easy to use one handed than any folder

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #44 on: November 15, 2016, 02:18:54 PM »
i've lost 2 gerber EABs so far which really irritates me. I like the size and how quick and easy i can open it, but i dont like loosing them. I was keeping it clipped into my front right pocket but i think i knocked them off when i was getting my keys out.

I bought a gerber superknife edge (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004224HLU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1), but it's larger
and bulkier.

i've been considering making a small leather belt pouch for the eab so it can ride on my belt so i dont loose it.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #45 on: November 15, 2016, 05:02:24 PM »
i've lost 2 gerber EABs so far which really irritates me. I like the size and how quick and easy i can open it, but i dont like loosing them. I was keeping it clipped into my front right pocket but i think i knocked them off when i was getting my keys out.

I bought a gerber superknife edge (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004224HLU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1), but it's larger
and bulkier.

i've been considering making a small leather belt pouch for the eab so it can ride on my belt so i dont loose it.

My son carries his clipped in the first belt loop on his left side, he can pull it out cross draw.  He hasn't lost it yet

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #46 on: November 16, 2016, 10:33:24 AM »
My son carries his clipped in the first belt loop on his left side, he can pull it out cross draw.  He hasn't lost it yet

i assume it flops around a bit, does that bother him? or am i being to ocd?

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #47 on: November 16, 2016, 10:49:04 AM »
I have a NEW FAVORITE...the MORA CRAFTLINE ROBUST...slightly heavier and thicker blade than most other Moras.

https://www.amazon.com/Morakniv-Craftline-Robust-Carbon-Sheath/dp/B00SROLRDK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479318415&sr=8-1&keywords=mora+robust

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #48 on: November 16, 2016, 11:40:51 AM »
i assume it flops around a bit, does that bother him? or am i being to ocd?

It sits fairly tight, depending on how thick his belt is.  Knife in, clip out.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #49 on: November 16, 2016, 12:40:39 PM »
It sits fairly tight, depending on how thick his belt is.  Knife in, clip out.
thx... a good idea to try..

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #50 on: November 16, 2016, 01:28:11 PM »
I use a Benchmade Mini Griptilian and a Spyderco Double Stuff sharpener

Originally I hated dulling my knife while opening boxes, envelopes, ect. However, I realized that is why I carry a knife.

I made and effort to learn how to effectively sharpen my knife, and now I just sharpen it as needed. 
« Last Edit: November 16, 2016, 01:41:04 PM by Black November »

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #51 on: December 30, 2019, 09:42:58 AM »
I had a 99E fail. I've never seen this before and who knows that knife might be 20 years old from my concrete days so it might be a little more on the abused side but the spring tension kind of "gave out". I was cutting drywall for a  bathroom repair from some water damage and during the cut the blade slid back into the handle. After trying it a few times I found the spring wasn't holding and the thumblock was slipping past its holding detents. Not broken, just not holding.

Never seen one of these out and fail before. I tossed it and grabbed another. Having a pile has benefits.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #52 on: December 30, 2019, 10:12:30 AM »
I remember one failing in that same manner when I was a kid.  That was decades ago and it might have been a clone.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #53 on: December 30, 2019, 11:36:46 AM »
Coincidentally I just picked up a new implement for cutting, a painter's tool. It fits in my carpenter's jean pocket perfectly and I don't have to keep it in a sheath or unfold it. And if I lose it, not a big deal. Recently I've used it for opening packages, skinning ginger, splitting audio wires, scraping labels off.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #54 on: December 30, 2019, 05:43:11 PM »
I carry a ScrewPop on my keychain.

I have a bunch of generic box cutters all over the place.  I also have a couple of the folding box cutters.

But my favorite for any real work is "Internet's Best Premium Utility Knife"  That's the name on Amazon.  Quick blade change, comfortable handle and 2 for $13 is pretty decent price. 

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #55 on: January 02, 2020, 09:07:46 PM »



I just got these Stanley 99E clones from Amazon today:  https://www.amazon.com/CRAFTSMAN-Utility-Retractable-2-Pack-CMHT10382/dp/B07R7XTC73/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=6WT6ZF0D5VFF3DFP05KS

I don't know what's going on with Craftsman these days, but I see the brand is being sold at Lowe's now.  For some reason Amazon is selling this 2-pack for $5 while Lowe's is charging $12.

It's such a close copy that I was able to take one half from the 99E and screw it to the matching half on the Craftsman with the blade mechanism still fully functional.  It's a noticeably lighter alloy, fit and finish is a bit rougher, plus the cast-in traction zones and the gritty red powder coating make it feel different than the smooth silver of the Stanley.  To someone used to the heft and texture of the 99E, this feels like a different knife and that's a bit off-putting to me, but I don't see it as a deal breaker.

Ignore the bulk of the bad reviews on Amazon about the blade holder/retraction mechanism being defective, it's not.  After fiddling with it for a few minutes I realized that it's designed slightly different from the Stanley and that requires making sure you insert the dull edge into the top of the holder mechanism first before the sharp edge will seat properly at the bottom.  It's a tad more fiddley, but not a big deal once you realize there's some extra metal tabs that hold the blade more securely so there's less play.  For comparison sake, I went to the Home Despot and got a new 99E for $5 (they had 2-packs for less than $8) to make sure they hadn't changed the mechanism like this clone.  They haven't, it's still the same old same old it's been for decades.

At this point I wouldn't be willing to pay more for this Craftsman clone than I would for the Stanley 99E, but at half the price I think it's probably money well spent. 

I do like the fact that the red paint makes it easier to spot on the work bench.  A newbie, with no history using the original, won't know the difference and would probably prefer this one over time.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #56 on: January 07, 2020, 05:27:01 PM »
I don't know what's going on with Craftsman these days, but I see the brand is being sold at Lowe's now.  For some reason Amazon is selling this 2-pack for $5 while Lowe's is charging $12.

I decided to get a couple more of these $2.50 spares from Amazon, which were just delivered, and this time I looked at the packaging more closely and found: "CRAFTSMAN is a registered trademark of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc."  I guess that explains a lot, but maybe not why Stanley changed to a different blade mechanism for these 99E clones.

Unfortunately, Amazon now has these listed as:  "Currently unavailable.  We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock."  So, I guess if you want a lighter, grippier, redder, fiddlier, and possibly cheaper 99E you'll have to watch Lowe's for sales.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #57 on: January 08, 2020, 09:22:36 PM »
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I don't know what's going on with Craftsman these days, but I see the brand is being sold at Lowe's now.
The Craftsman brand has been gutted having been sold by the corporate raider who ran Sears. The quality is no longer guaranteed by their historical lifetime promise to replace. Craftsman hand tools used to be one of the best but anything with a cord or a battery is to avoid. Exceptions to these harsh generalities are acknowledged.

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #58 on: January 08, 2020, 10:28:35 PM »
Craftsman hand tools used to be one of the best but anything with a cord or a battery is to avoid. Exceptions to these harsh generalities are acknowledged.

True.

I remember trying to talk my old man into springing for a Porter-Cable router like we used in shop class, instead of another crappy Craftsman. 

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Re: Utility Knives, Box Cutters, Razor Blades: What do you like to use?
« Reply #59 on: January 09, 2020, 05:43:21 AM »
Ed Lampert destroyed Sears, K-Mart, and the Craftsman line. As a guy who uses hand and power tools almost daily I get real skiddish around the Craftsman brand. Particularly with power tools where for a few bucks more I could be in the Porter Cable, Milwaukee, or Bosch range and every time I use it thank my lucky stars I made that choice. Same with hand tools. Stanley Black & Decker just makes the industry standard. From the 99E to the 28-500 to their anti-vibe hammers or the ubiquitous 25 foot tape measure they deliver unless you need a wrench so you buy Crescent.

Even where I thought Craftsman shined (like the old ratchet sets) the quality has diminished. It's been really sad. I refurbed my grandfather's 100 year old Craftsman bench vice and it works like a champ. Not sure the new ones could hold up that legacy.