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Utility knives are pretty much ubiquitous, but snap-off blade knives don’t require taking apart the knife to get a sharp edge. Irwin is looking to take this advantage of snap-off blades and use it in utility knives with their new 4-point carbon blades.

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Irwin’s holding the info for these new blades pretty tight to their chest for now. All they say is you can snap the blades on the score to get a new sharp tip, and that the blades have four notches instead of the usual two, so you can have a fully extended blade after you’ve snapped off the dull one — although this pretty much eliminates the snap-off advantage if you have to take the knife apart.

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Looks like you can grab a five packages of five blades (25 blades) for around $10 before shipping charges.

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7 Responses to Hybrid Snap-Off Utility Blade

  1. woodworker01 says:

    hmm, The distance between the points will be important if it is too small it sounds like a lot of work for another dull point.

  2. Chuck says:

    You had to post this the day after I bought a 10 pack of utility blades? 2 years from now when I need more, I hope I remember.

  3. Marco says:

    Seems a useles solution to an inexistent problem.
    I have an X-Acto kinfe I used for model making since I was 15, and that was 24 years ago. I still have that knife, still have the spare blades, still use the original blade. How? I know how to sharpen a knife.
    If we have to snap off, is from the use-it-trash-it bad habit.

  4. dreamcatcher says:

    While from a certain perspective this seems like a good idea (one that companies like Olfa has been using quite some time); as a professional remodeler I gotta wonder who this product is marketed towards… for what construction task is the point so important?

    I know I like a good sharp point while hanging drywall, but that is one of the few scenarios that I will actually re-sharpen my blades. I would think it may come in handy for batt insulation cutting although I have found it much easier to use an old boning knife for that. I suppose it could be a good solution while cutting old caulk, but what about all the sticky residue. I just cannot think of many carpentry tasks that only dull the point and the first 1/4″.

    Better for me to just use a quick change knife and buy blades in bulk. 10 packs are for homeowners, I buy a couple 100 pks at a time and change the blade often.

    DC

  5. IronHerder says:

    This is a comment I left on the 21st of June for the post on the Bostitch Twin Blade Razor Knife:

    “Just to pass along someone else’s idea: a millimeter or two of the tip of an ordinary utility knife blade can be broken off with pliers after it dulls. Voila! fresh blade. This makes snap-off blades seem more wasteful than necessary, maybe, as the snap lines could be much closer together.”

    Maybe sometime I will have an original thought, but history argues against that.

  6. zoomzoomjeff says:

    For me, more than just the point is dull when I need to flip around or replace in my knife.

  7. aaron says:

    i kind of like this idea.

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