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Best folding standard utility blade knife?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Jedi Knife, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Jedi Knife

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    Hi everyone,
    I have never owned one of the folding knives that use standard utility blades, but I picked up a Craftsman aluminum lockback model the other day with a neat little mini one packaged with it and I was wondering who makes the best quality knives like these. I know Kobalt has a stainless one but that thing is super heavy. I am looking for current production models only. Any suggestions?
     
  2. sungame

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    I have a Superknife, which is a folding design with a sort of liner lock. I think Gerber make them now, as Gerber Edge. Mine works quite well, but when I need a utility knife, I prefer Stanley/Olfa models with snap off blades. That way, I always have a super sharp blade when I need one.
     
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    I very much like the Milwaukee Fastback. it's a solid utility knife, has a pocket clip and a built in slot for cord cutting. It is a bit larger than others but I don't find it overly heavy and the additional length makes it fit nicely in my hand.
     
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    I like how solid the lock up is when flick out.


    Sak's rule !
     
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    Is this for edc ? For edc maybe the gerber

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    Around the house, tool box I like the stanley

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    Sak's rule !
     
  6. Mr Thriven

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    I find the Gerber EAB and EAB Lite to work just fine for lightweight edc. If you want a heavier duty folding utility knife, the Superknife versions are good, but I have to agree w/Municpal_Jedi. The Milwaukee Fastback is top-notch for a good price.
     
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  7. Jedi Knife

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    Thanks Gentlemen, much good information! Did you find the Milwaukee Fastback locally? Also the Gerber looks good too.
     
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    I've found the Milwaukee Fastback in a couple of places out here in the sticks. Personally, I prefer the DeWalt DW10035 folding retractable blade model. It's fairly light, has storage for extra blades, gives a hand-filling grip when open and has the added safety of a retractable blade if it should come open in your pocket or toolbox
     
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    I picked up my Fastback at Home Repot in the 'burbs northwest of Chicago.
     
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    +1 on the EAB. Handy little bit of kit.
     
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    Dewalt makes a utility knife that's pretty good DWHT10046 and a lot better than the Stanley too.
     
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    Home depot also carries them in my neck of the woods, in southern California. I'll agree with the others above, it's a very solid design, with easy deployment and lock disengagement. I've also found the small cutout on the bottom that exposes a bit of blade when closed is useful when cutting rope. If you flick it open, you just have to be careful that the lock fully engages, but that's not so much a fault of the lock as it is user error.
     
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    Seconded
     
  14. Yablanowitz

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    This makes me so sad. The best edge I have ever experienced on any utility knife blade could be charitably described as adequate. I usually have to sharpen them before I can stand to use them. Yet I see people describe them as super sharp, which leads me to the conclusion that they have never experienced a genuinely sharp knife. So very sad.
     
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    Trust me, I do know sharp. And in my experience, the snap off blades are usually pretty darn sharp, at least for the first minute or so after you snap them off. They do not hold an edge at all, of course. That is exactly why I prefer the snap off blades.
     
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    Irwin folding utility knife for me. Blades actually last longer. Also really strong and easy to throw in the pocket.
     
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    I use a Lenox folding utility knife at work, of all the ones I've used or tried it is by far the best.
     
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    I tried a superknife for a while but the blades kept falling out while cutting cardboard. I really wasnt impressed by the retention mechanism.

    Since then I've been using the EAB and have had no real issue* with them. The size and weight are exactly what I was looking for.

    *Maybe the blades are high carbon or something but if these arent oiled the blade then the rest of the holder will rust quickly.
     
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    My Gerber crapped out after minimal use - the screw that holds the blade in place stripped out. I have a couple of Stanley and a Milwaukee (simple, old school versions) and they're my favorite in my tool belt. I've tried a couple of the folding variety - while they are more pocket friendly, didn't find them as fast and as handy.
     
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