Utility blades come in a number of different styles and serve a variety of needs from opening boxes to cutting up drywall. These knives need to be rugged, safe and easy to operate.
Stanley’s Quickslide clearly meets those requirements, but seems to fit into an interesting niche for those performing full-depth cutting where accurate control is needed. Its unique combination of pocket-knife shape and beefy retract mechanism allow it to perform very well in this role, and distinguish it from other knives. Read on for details.
The first time the blade thumped into our hands from the package we noticed that it feels very solid and substantial. It fits as if molded for optimum cutting angle, as you can see in the photo on the right below. The blade extends and retracts via a sliding mechanism, reducing the size of the Quickslide by about a third when retracted.
Thankfully, gone are the days of unscrewing your knife and pulling it apart to change the blade. To change the blade on the Quickslide, you simply flip up a small lock on the top of the blade extension, pull out the old blade and insert the new one, then push the lock back into place.
An oversized belt clip adorns the back of the knife, but it’s also completely removable with three small hex bolts if wearing the knife on a belt clips make you feel a bit too Batman-ish. In the retracted form factor, the Qucikslide is surprisingly easy to carry in a pocket.
The weight from the die-cast zinc casing makes for a steady hand when using the Quickslide. You can hear an audible “click” when the blade is opened and closed, which makes it easy to assure that it’s locked into position for use or safe carrying. The snap-locking mechanism has a solid feel, is easy to operate, and doesn’t give way to bending when pressed hard.
All in all, we found the Qucikslide very solid and durable in use. Its weight and shape makes for a good, clean, controllable cut. When we tried carrying it around both in a pocket and clipped to a belt, the slide never came loose, which is reassuring; There’s very little less fun than slicing yourself with a half open razor blade.
The Quickslide is defiantly one of the safest feeling utility knives we have used, with the slide lock and front loading blade removal. The slide lock is an excellent safety feature. However, additional locking positions in the slide mechanism — besides just fully deployed or fully retracted — would add a lot of utility to this knife. If you’re used to using your utility knife to cut open boxes or make shallow cuts, the Quickslide won’t work for you.
When we passed the Quickslide on to a couple of friends who use utility knives all day in their jobs, they told us that they wished the Quickslide had a spot for extra blades. They often go through a few a day, but in their case they’re not carrying a toolbox or other storage device. Of course, this would make the Quickslide larger, which would remove some of its uniqueness.
So, if you’re using your utility knife only in full-open mode and you don’t mind not having additional blades with you, this is a very, very fine knife that’ll give you additional control and portability over a standard utility knife. It’d be great to keep in your toolbox for heavy use at home or on the jobsite, or to carry in a pocket for occasional use.
And, for an average street price of $10 the Quickslide provides a well thought out option to standard ultility blades.