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We’re not sure the world needs another utility knife, but this model from Nack Products piqued our interest.  Instead of taking apart your knife to flip or change the blade when it gets dull, with the Nack knife you retract the blade, rotate the end cap, and slide a fresh blade back out in one of six cutting positions.

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Invented in Canada, the Nack knife features a removable cartridge that’s factory-loaded with 15 blades — that’s 30 cutting edges before you have to replace the cartridge.  Nack makes two version of their knife:  one is black with a soft grip, and the other is made of metal and carries the additional title of Pro.

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The Nack seems to be available only in the US and Canada, and there aren’t a whole lot of vendors selling it in those countries either.   If you do find someone to sell you a Nack knife, it looks like the soft-gripped version will run you $16 while the Pro metal will cost you $20.  Replacement cartridges cost $6, or a twin-pack will cost $12 and you get a free belt holster.  Yippee Ki Yay!

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34 Responses to Utility Knife Revolver

  1. Ivan says:

    This is not a new model as Ryobi had this model already for a couple years. I have had one for 2 years and have been happy with the changing ability. After a while it’s not the smoothest for changing the blades but it works with a little effort.
    At least now I seem I can get more options on the blades supply as it looks exactly the same tool.

  2. Eddie says:

    Yeah, I’ve had the Ryobi for several years. The blades are thin little blades, more like an exacto blade than a standard utility knife blade. The handle is fairly comfortable to hold, but I’d still go with a fixed, full-size blade for any serious drywall work. Good for light work though, and not having to worry about forgetting spare blades is a plus.

  3. Richard says:

    Got the HD version of this a few years ago when they discontinued their branded version. I think I paid $10 for the knife but that wasn’t the deal. The deal was the 6 packs of cartridges (6×15=80) that they also closed out for $1/pack. Needless to say, I have utility blades for life. Gave them for Xmas with lifetime blade supplies to relatives that year.

  4. Andy says:

    I have to say I’ve never really had a problem manually switching the blade in a utility knife. But I’d almost want one of these just for the name – “Nack the Knife”? Cool!

  5. Richard says:

    Just noticed typo on blade count (6×15=90). Also the HD version was the metal body Pro.

  6. Richard says:

    Have had a couple of the HD versions for maybe a dozen years now. I also go the closeout box of blades. :-)

    The blades are a little thin so if you’re rough with them, they can snap if you’re not careful. But they’re sharp and the steel is good. I use mine all the time and prefer it to my collection of snap-blades because I can never snap those blades cleanly. About the only time I don’t use it is when the fat form-factor of the knife would be contra-indicated.

  7. Ivan says:

    You can still buy the blades at Cummins tools which is now owned by ToolsNow at http://www.toolsnow.com/browse.cfm/4,1759.html

  8. dbett says:

    I’ve had the “Husky” (ie, Home Depot) model for a few years. Found someone on eBay selling the blades and picked up about 5. I use it ALL the time. It’s very convenient to always have a sharp blade available.

  9. Sarah says:

    Manually switching blades has become a problem for me, having just started suffering from early arthritis pains, and this seems like a good solution. I wonder if the soft-gripped version is ergonomically comfortable?

  10. floor jack says:

    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100%, but it’s just my IMHO, which indeed could be very wrong.
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  11. jeff says:

    I’ve had about 10 of the Home Depot ones for years. I bought a bunch since good utility knifes seem to come-and-go. I also bought about 30 cartridges.

    Not only are these nice, convenient and easy to hold knives but they’re perfect for cutting foam (and other such thick/soft materials). I’m in the packing and crating industry so there’s always lots of foam, padding and other packing materials to cut. Since the head around the blade is smooth and symmetrical it cuts nice and straight. When cutting foam with a break-away blade, you use one whole blade at a time (not the ’10′ or so on each shaft). With this knife, you can compress the foam and still get one good clean cut. You can also press hard without worrying about a break-away blade snapping. Absolutely the best utility knife I’ve seen.

    Because of employees and my kids, I’m down to my last knife so I’m glad to have found more. I think this should be a standard tool in anyone’s box.

  12. Cardzetc says:

    I’ve read some reviews on the Knak Knife and see that some people think this is fairly new. I believe it was in the mid to late Nineties that I first found the Nack Knife. It was also brought out as the Tim Allen Signature, when he had his Toolman show. At that time, I believe they were only available in the metal body, now they have plastic. I bought 4 when I first saw them and use them in my home repair business. I still have them and they still work fine, unlike so many other utility knifes I’ve bought over the years. The only problem I see with these knifes is that it keeps getting harder to find a place that sells the replacement cartriges.

  13. dan says:

    I can not find that knife to save my soul. I love it but my is trashed. anyone know where to find one or more?

  14. Chris says:

    I have the origanal Nack tool by Tim Allen Signature tools, I have had this tool since 1992, It works Great, It is the best utlility knife you will ever own. Buy one today!

  15. Doug says:

    Still available. Shipping costs are kinda high, but I just ordered a 7-pack of replacement blade cartridges.

    http://www.minnesotaicepicks.com/

  16. Doug says:

    chris above says he’s had his since 92…wrong! I am very good friends with the inventor whom is Canadien and he invented it in 95-96 and it went on the market in about 98…so to have one in 92 would be impossible, great knife and invented in Canada by Mr. Ted Funger of Burlington Ont. of which he won the “Best Invention of The Year” and also the invention with the most worldwide commercial oppurtunity! Don’t Hack, Get the Nack! I got a million of em!lol

  17. Roger says:

    This knife was originally design by a tool shop in Windsor, Ont. I have one of the prototype, and one of the first metal ones.

    It’s still working well.

  18. Doug says:

    Roger. your partly right…the knife was made at omega. but they are hardly the designers of the knife…just the manufactuers, although they probably did have some ïnput” on the design because of thier knowledge on how thier blow injecters work…but the knife was and is the idea of Mr. Ted Funger…he sourced them (omega)out to help get it to the market!

  19. Paul Ochitwa says:

    I am having trouble retracting the blade. can anyone give my advice?

  20. Bob Perego says:

    Paul – about a year later than your question, but spray some WD40 or silicon in the slot. If this doesn’t work, take it apart and lubricate. I’ve found when cutting sheet rock, wipe the blade before retracting and it won’t drag stuff back into the knife.

  21. Bruce Cook says:

    It was discovered that the same name and design of our
    razor revolver,was disabled but we find it is Very difficult to reassemble.
    Can any one provide instructions for “cartridge ” replacement.
    Thanks
    Signed
    ” all thumbs “

  22. Frank Torre says:

    If you have any left on the shelf I will take them.

  23. doug says:

    I am looking for the plastic holster for the original metal knife. No luck so far.

    • Eric says:

      Don’t have a holster for the metal knife but have a new unopened Ryobi version of the Nack Knife which comes with a flexible plastic belt holster. Also have unopened, 15 blade-30 cutting edges, cartridges. And, unopened Tim Allen Knack Knives in Red plastic

  24. Justin says:

    Looking at the economy of that… 15 blades per cartridge, 2 ends to each blades – 105 blades (210 cutting edges) – Ends up being $0.33 a blade. Not a terrible deal, but by my luck I’ll loose or break the knife right after I buy the blades.

  25. Potate says:

    where can I purchase the nack knife?

  26. Potate says:

    I want the Husky Nack Knife…

  27. Martin says:

    Check here for Nack knife
    home2yard.com/products/nack-knife-black-soft-grip

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