Utility knives are the workhorse of the toolbox — we use ’em for slicing, opening, and trimming anything that comes to the shop or worksite. Few tools are as heavily abused and frequently discarded as the utility blade. This was our mentality when the first Irwin ProTouch arrived in the shop.
Right out of the packaging it was the most comfortable razor knife we ever held in our hands. The curved handle fits perfectly in the palm and situates the blade for a great cutting position naturally.
After the initial fawning over the blade, we put it to work. It was then we understood that this knife was made not just to look good but to be the best work knife it could possibly be. From electronics to fiberglass, we beat the living tar out of it, cutting anything we could get our hands on, and the Irwin held up fine.
We now keep six of them in the shop, one at almost every work area. Our mentality towards utility knives hasn’t changed, but in this case the knife has. Why throw it out or treat it as disposable when there’s nothing wrong with the tool? You can buy more expensive or flashier knives for its $10 asking price, but when it comes down to it there aren’t any we prefer to the Irwin ProTouch.