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When I finish work, I normally get home and have a list of jobs to do around the house from my other half. She likes to keep me busy. This means I need tools and in everybodies toolbox there should be a Stanley knife.
I owned a similar model that wasn't retractible and the blade would go rusty quickly and when it was in my toolbox, i'd always end up catching my finger on it. So I binned it and brought this model. A retractible knife to stop me from cutting myself and to hopefully keep the blade sharp and rust free!
It cost me £4.99 from B+Q and the replacement blades cost a few pounds but 12 months on and I haven't needed to replace mine.
+++Ease of replacing a blade+++
Really straight forward, the spare blades are kept inside the knife which can be accessed by removing the screw on the handle. From there you can swap the current blade.
+++What can it be used for?+++
Normally I use mine to cut plastic bags and wires but recently I had the job of replacing some carpet, out came my trusty Stanley Knife and away I went. It cuts through anything with ease
so you need to be careful and keep it away from kids!
A useful tool that everybody should own. For £5, it has so many uses and makes many jobs much easier. The fact that it is retractable keeps my blades sharp and my hands in one piece.
Surely everybody has used a 'stanley knife' at some point. So celebrated is the stanley knife, that it has become much more than the brand, it is the term used commonly worldwide to describe a basic retracting utility knife.
I can't imagine there are many toolboxes that don't contain a Stanley knife, or a cheaper branded version.
This genuine 'Stanley' knife has a retractable blade for safety, it is very comfortable to hold, and it fits easily into a pocket.
It's as solid as any knife I've ever used. The shape of the knife is perfect to grip tightly, enabling the user to apply more pressure if neccessary in order to cut through thicker material.
I bought mine about a year ago and I think it cost about £5, and came with a couple of spare blades, which can be kept inside the knife unit. Extra blades can be purchased in packs of 10, though I usually go for a cheaper version of the blades at around £1-£1.50 for 10. The casing of the knife is held together by a single screw, which is easily removed in order to change the blade as required.
For me there is no better knife on the market, and I will never buy anything but Stanley.
Stanley knives are of world, renowned, fame for their quality. They have the backing of longevity in the consumer market to further enhance their reputation. Stanley has been going since 1843. Any decent builder worth there salt are likely to have a Stanley knife in their tool kit. If it is good enough for them it is more than good enough for me.
Stanley make many different types of knives but this one is a pocket sized utility knife.
The knife has an ergonomic design which feels comfortable in the hand. I would describe the blade as just short of pin sharp but of excellent quality to cut through difficult things. I have used this on carpet and found it does the job even though it was a tough situation. Stanley does not cut any corners on the quality of the product but the blades can cut actual corners and straight edges up nicely!
I fully extent the blade before cutting and have made it into a habit to check the blade is not lose before cutting so that it will not slip in my hand and cause injury. I store my tools out of the reach of children.
The blade can be made to slide into the position so desired for a longer or shorter alternative. The fact that this is retractable is fantastic as it can be slipped away into a pocket whilst half way up a ladder which is great for me because I get really nervous on ladders and do not want to be clumsily holding things like torches, tape measures, and Stanley knifes, and nor do I want to be going up and down the ladder each time I need a tool or to free my hands.
The weight is comfortable as I want to feel like I am holding a solid object when it has a dangerous blade on it!
I always stay out of the line in which I am cutting along so please think about the position of your body in relation to the cutting blade. Having said that, cut with the blade coming towards you rather than cutting in the opposite direction, where control over the blade can be lost. I make repeated cuts in the area I am cutting rather than attempting a single line cut in one go.
The knife comes in a, smart, silver grey colour, not that it really matters, though maybe there could be a market for pink! At the moment I would call this colour choice sensible but I don't care about the colour so long as the tool is robust.
My knife came with a few blades. My first Stanley knife, decades old, was inherited in a box of tools which didn't see the light of day until people borrowed it when working in my home. After that I started taking a fancy to small DIY jobs. I found that the old blade was no longer retractable. I don't know if this was because it was splattered with paint or the knife had aged. I think I purchased a new Stanley knife about six years ago, possibly more, or less, (sorry can't recall) and I've only changed the blade, with relative ease, and with the aid of a screwdriver, once. However, I noticed, recently, that the blade sticks out a very little bit when it is meant to be completely retracted. I would feel safer if it was housed so no part of the blade is visible once retracted. I am glad to say that the retracted blade has never caused me injury but that you should always be aware of this. Also when the blade is lengthened or shortened it is a very smooth transition.
There are different varieties of blades that can also be purchased separately. These are as follows:
Knives cannot be purchased, legally, by anyone under the age of eighteen.
My experience with other knives is that the blade feels loose within the holder. I would put this down to other makes being made with cheap materials. The Stanley knife comes in at the high end of the market in terms of quality. There is no slippage of the blade, the handle is solid in the palm of the hand, and nor does the blade retreat back inside the handle when pressed on firmly. That's happened, with other brands of utility knives, in much the same way as with a cheap writing pen reacts when pressed on paper. Actually, you must not press too hard onto the blade as this will blunt it and it could slip away from the user's control. Let the blade do the majority of the work and if it is struggling to go through the material smoothly it is time to change to a new blade. I can, categorically, tell you that the Stanley knife will not have this fault and therefore, is the only knife to buy when purchasing for both DIY and professional jobs.
The expected spend on this is about six to seven pounds. Not bad for a quality product which seems built to last.
I look after this Stanley knife and as my use of it is not for construction work I envision this lasting a good human lifetime!
I have said on many occasions how I don't fancy myself as a DIY'er. Put simply I find it stressful and no matter how hard any of us will try, you will never be as good as a professional. The best you will ever be is a 'Jack of all Trades, Master of None', so that is why I usually get tradesmen in to do work.
However it won't have gone unnoticed by many that we are now in the depths of a recession. Treble dip, many would have you believe. For this reason we have really been tightening our belts and when a piece of bathroom carpet needed replacing we decided to do it ourselves. Or to put it another way, the wife decided I would do it myself.
So on the day in question I removed the old carpet and lay out the roll of the new one. It wasn't to size and needed cutting and this is where my Stanley came in handy. For small jobs I have used a craftsmens knife before but going through carpet the blades often snap. With Stanley, although the blades get blunt I have never had one snap. Touch wood.
The Stanley knife is grey painted and die-cast metal and moulded in a way that makes it very easy to grip. It cost around £5-£6. The blades are stored inside the knife itself and can be accessed via a screw which when undone opens the knife. It is inside here that you can also adjust the blade positions. However that isn't always necessary as you have basic control with the slider on the outside which retracts the blade when your job is complete. It also allows you to push the blade out a small bit if you don't want a full blade.
The length is approx 6" long and it is quite heavy duty. It would take a lot for you to break the knife although I suppose you could lose the screw holding the knife together.
The blades themselves usually come in packs of 10 and can cost about £3.00 or so. They also come in different thicknesses depending on what you want to cut. but I find the 0.65mm blade is quite sufficient for cutting carpet and lino etc. However I guess that depends on how thick your floor cover is.
I am happy to say that I have now completed the laying of the carpet. The knife worked a dream and cut through with ease. Too easily at times so be careful not to cut too much off or injure yourself. The blades are still intact and although it won't be as good a job as a carpet fitter, it looks good.
I would recommend the Stanley knife to all DIY'ers.
Copyright Stebiz 2013 - also on ciao.co.uk
Now I am not a DIY person. I do not particularly enjoy it and I want it to usually be done and over with as soon as possible - luckily, the Stanley knife helps me with this!
There are multiple instances when you need to cut something and nothing else quite fits the job like a Stanley knife. You may try scissors or even a saw but will be there for a long time - a Stanley knife will cut through cardboard, plastic or even carpet in seconds!
The build quality of the knife is excellent - it is amongst the most robust products I own and it really needs to be considering the environments in which it will be used. Despite this, it is easy enough to open it up by a single screw to replace any knife blades which somehow manage to snap. After owning the knife for about 3 years now, I have still not managed to break a blade though.
The knife fits in the hand very well and is comfortable to hold. The blade is retractable by a simple locking switch mechanism which has 3 main used; firstly, to keep the blade from retracting whilst cutting, secondly, to make for easy storage, thirdly, to act as a child lock so that any curious children will not reveal the blade and injure themselves.
For the very reasonable price of only around £6, this is an essential item fro any toolbox.
Retractable Knife with 155mm die-cast body and multiposition sliding blade / Shaped for comfort / Blade storage in handle / Supplied with 3 trimming blades / For spare blades (Quote 14064 and 35222) / Takes trimming, hooked, angled, concave, convex and laminate blades / Features: Die-Cast Body; Classic Design.