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Myself says: “My local Performance Tool only carries two Olfa cutters, and this is the one I’ve tried.  At first blush it seems like any other cutter, but like the Knipex pliers, there’s something just a little different.  The balance is better, the grip is easier, the business end is sharper.  I didn’t realize how sharp until I went to strip the jacket off some LMR-400 and the blade went right through the shielding and nicked the center conductor.  Well then!  I have a new way of prepping cable.

“There’s nothing revolutionary about the Olfa — it’s just a set of small improvements that add up to something head-and-shoulders above the common utility knife.  Sometimes it’s hard to justify the extra cost of a premium tool, but when it’s only a few bucks — and it’s something you use every day — I think the difference is well worth the expense.  (This is, by the way, exactly the same justification I use for the Knipex pliers.)”

Looks sharp!  Street pricing starts around $6.

The L-1 Heavy Duty Cutter/Knife [OLFA]
Street Pricing [Froogle]

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One Response to Reader Find: The Olfa L-1 Knife

  1. Chris Ball says:

    I used to use these at work all the time and I must agree that it is one of the nicest utility blades you can get. The best part is how easy and fast it is to adjust the blade to the perfect depth or tuck it away single handedly. Perfect for cutting open boxes whithout wrecking what is inside.

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