The X-ACTO basic knife set hasn’t changed much in decades, and it’s as useful today as when it first hit shelves. It’s equally at home scrap booking as it is shaving the flash off a new plastic toy. And it’s not just for the hobbyist, either. It has a special place in the shop, too, trimming pieces to fit, reaming holes, cutting out woodworking patterns, cutting circuit board traces, cropping heat shrink to length — just about anything that requires precise cutting control. The bottom line: if you’re one of the few people who don’t already have this set somewhere in the shop, get one.
The “basic set’s” knives precisely cut wood, cardboard, cloth, plastic, foam board, and many other materials. The kit includes three knives: a #1, a #2, and a #5 for light, medium to heavy, and heavy-weight materials respectively. Thirteen various straight, curved and angled blades come with the set, all enclosed in a nice wooden case that securely holds all the knifes and blades.
The X-ACTO basic knife set will set you back about $20. Sure, you could grab a $5 knockoff set instead, but will you still see them around in another few decades?
Note: We have one of these sitting in the TM shop that was a hand-me-down from a previous generation. They last. And right now, this set is running just over $16 at Amazon.