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The Speed Rocker drywall knife adds a “tape hook” on the thumb rest so you can hold a measuring tape and make a score mark at the same time, and some drywall guys love the fact that there’s a fold-out drywall saw hidden in the handle.  But at $20, it’s a bit expensive for some people’s taste.

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It’s solidly built — nice and heavy-feeling in your hand — and one side of the handle is also a drywall rasp for truing up edges, though we wonder if you’d still want to grab it after filing down drywall with the handle.

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We’ve seen this knife a couple of times in the toolbelts of professional drywall workers, but we’re still a little held up on the price — and its specific combination of features.  What do you think?  Let us know in comments.

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18 Responses to Hot or Not: The Speed Rocker Drywall Knife

  1. JasonY says:

    Oh yes, it’s the hotness. I just finished doing a major remodel/sheetrock hanging in my studio and I hated having to reach for three different tools to get the job done. I was constantly misplacing either the hole saw or the blade. $20? About the same cost as all three purchased separately. A bargain even before you consider the time saving.

    The only thing I’d be careful about is that the razor blade could do a number on your hand if you forget to retract it before you use the hole saw.

    Jason

  2. Kevin Jack says:

    Nice. I have never seen one of these. I just finished a drywall project as well, and I can definately see how this could be handy. I would have to work with it a bit to see if it is actually useful, or just a gimmick. At a glance, I would say HOT.

    KJ

  3. Rob says:

    If I did a lot of sheetrock work (thank God I don’t), I’d have one of these in a second. HOT!

  4. Sweetalker says:

    I wish I would have known about this tool about three months ago. If I do more drywalling, I will get one. I’ll give it a sight unseen Hot.

  5. Michael W. says:

    Hot. Only about twice the cost of a decent knife, plus you get the integral saw. Nice find.

  6. James says:

    Awesome. I have some drywall to do in the future, and I will have to get one of these.

    The tape hook alone makes it hot in my book.

  7. I could see datacomm guys, who’re too cheap for a Paladin Powerplay or who already own a separate punchdown tool, picking one of these up. A sharp regular blade is good for stripping cable and general tasks, and the fold-out drywall saw is always handy. Twenty bucks is a bit steep for a utility knife, since they tend to grow legs, but if that’s not a concern, I’d rate it Hot.

  8. SeanM says:

    Hot. I’m going to go buy this the next time I have to do any drywall. Hell, maybe a patch of drywall would warrant it.

    Now you have all three basic tools in your back pocket instead of wearing a pouch or stuffing your rasp into one of the pockets on your pants that’s just a little too small.

    I can’t see it replacing a real rasp though.

  9. Leslie says:

    Hmmm… I’d like to see a response from someone who had used it, but I have to say that I’d be inclined to try this if I were facing a bunch of drywall work – which I admit I hope doesn’t happen soon.

  10. Dennis Olson says:

    NOT! this product has one major design flaw which I found the hard way.
    If you are using the saw portion to make long cuts the razor blade can sometimes come out and then get lodged in your hand, this happened to meduring a bathroom remodel. For the price I would buy the items seperately in the future

  11. Rob [C.H. Hanson rep] says:

    The blade would not extend from the channel unless the blade was not properly installed in the blade carrier.

    There is a locking mechanism that prohibits both the keyhole saw and the blade to be retracted from the unit at the same time if one or the other is fully extended.

    Once the release is set and the blade carrier moves forward, the saw is prevented from extending from the main housing.

    Additionally, once the keyhole saw is fully extended, the blade is prohibited from being released and thus, extending past the housing.

  12. Mike says:

    Bought one yesterday…have a 10 000 sq ft of board to hang……the knife is good….feels good in the hand…..lots of weight….and well balanced……the blade changeout is easy and fast……it takes some time to get the hang of attaching your tape end to the holder …..it makes a steep angle when holding the tape in the holder….your tape ends up about 1 1/2 inches above the cut itself…..the rasp is good…..due to the softness of the rasp edges, it’s tough to take off any real amount of material as it won’t rasp down the paper very well ( but the knife can trim it fine )……due to the design as well, it comes up about 1/2 – 3/4 inch short of getting right into a 90 degree corner cut-out……the saw is the only weak part of the unit…..it is good for small cut outs….a few inches or so, but if you have to cut 30 inches into a pice of rock, I ended up going back to my Stanley….faster cut….easier pull…..overall rating is a 7 out of 10….definately handy….good feel….strong blade….decent price…..only downside was the saw……

  13. Opie says:

    NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!

    Combines a lousy saw, a cumbersome knife and the worst rasp possible. FYI: You don’t need a thumbrest to score a line with a knife, you pinch the blade beside the tape hook. No pro would use this POS.

  14. Anthony says:

    I’m a PRO and this knife is the best possible knife for drywall, acoustical ceiling, insulation board, wonder board, and many many others. The saw is very sharp and is very easy to stick right into the drywall to begin your cut.
    The rasp is good.The slot where you put the tape measure end hook into is about the best feature because its nice to NOT HAVE TO HOLD BOTH TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME AND CUT YOUR SELF.
    Buy one and see for your self that this tool is superb for contractors and the DIYer!
    Don’t forget to buy the new Speedrocker-SS that is available at Amazon or All-Wall tools. It’s the fixed blade version!

  15. William G. Sullivan II says:

    80% of the time this is my daily use knife, constantly in my tool belt. Granted, a little bulky. May not always fit blade down in certain pouches so can be a little dangerous if you leave blade tip out or slide mechanism catches on pouch. Enjoy the fact that I always have a jabsaw on hand and have an option vs.having to run for one. Have even used it for small wood cuts and even tree branches when tool was in my belt. Also comfortable with fact that blade won’t slide out of body as it does with most of the newer quick change blades these days. Very unsafe for myself or coworkers

  16. William G. Sullivan II says:

    Had this for several years now

  17. Frank E Arnold says:

    I own one, love it. Friends who have seen it want one. Where can I buy it. Great for gifts.

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