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This is one of many knives that I own for craft and woodworking purposes and is probably my favourite.
Stanley have a long and excellent reputation for producing very sturdy and hard wearing knives which are sharp enough to do the job with ease. Of course Stanley also make many other types of tool but I think they are most known for the "Stanley knife".
This is like a modern day upgraded version of the metal cased blade holding craft knife than most of us would recognise. Similar in some ways, it features soft grip handle and holds more blades inside the cavity body than its predecessor. All of the good features in the original Stanley are in this knife but it has definitely been upgraded for a more user friendly experience.
The knife is easy to hold and the part rubber casing makes it safer than the old style whole metal one, it is non slip and feels very sturdy in your hand. The metal part of the case is cast Zinc. The top of the rubber casing is textured which is another safety feature and comes into its own for me when the knife starts getting covered in sawdust.
Instead of a screw to turn to get to the blade, there is instead a button which makes the knife more user friendly and it is speedier to change blades than the previous style. I have not had to change the blade more than once because I find that the steel blades stay very sharp and true even when used on hard woods. When I am doing intricate work such as carving head stocks for inlays etc, this knife performs well.
I also use it for shaving and shaping hard woods when trimming shaped instrument parts such as head stocks, fingerboards and harp edges. This knife is strong enough to carve aged maple violin bridges with ease (usually a pain of a job) without me slipping and cutting my fingers. I have used it to trim sound posts, to cut sterling silver art clays and wires for inlay shapes and to trim off mother of pearl and abalone. No problems doing any of these tasks, the knife performs well.
The rubber grip means that it does not start to hurt my hands like the standard style Stanley used to. It is also a very well balanced knife with enough weight for stability but not so heavy that it starts to make your hand weary. There is a rubber part where the thumb would sit that is there to stop slippage when in use. Another great safety feature. I find the blades very precise and sharp and have managed to cut some very intricate channels in some very tough old oak using this knife without slipping of over-scoring the wood.
The knife also features a very useful wire stripper and the hollow case holds 8 Stanley blades with ease.
Like all Stanley style knives, this is retractable.
Quick change blade system
Button access not screw type
Integral wire stripper
Non slip rubber casing
Holds 8 blades with ease
Well balanced weight and shape
Blades stay sharp and true for a long time.
Priced at £11.40 on Amazon.
One-button blade-change mechanism / 8-blade storage in body / Supplied with 3 spare blades / Features: Bi-Material Body.