The companies that make new and improved utility knives must think that millions of dollars in labor are lost each year when workers stop to change blades. Either that or they just need to make a better profit margin on blades. Not to be left out, Clauss manufactured yet another “next generation” utility knife that uses a cartridge-based system to hold and replace blades.
The disposable cartridge holds either 5 or 10 double-edged blades, which means you have 10 or 20 sharp edges to use before needing a new cartridge — funny how something that’s standard on all utility knives can become a selling point. When you’ve used up all the edges you simply swap out the used cartridge with a fresh one. The cartridge covers the blade edges so you can carry and store them safely.
They claim their titanium-bonded blades are 3x stronger than steel alone, so maybe you won’t snap the tip off the blades anymore. They sell blades in utility, dubbed, serrated, and hook styles, and the cartridges are color-coded for easy identification. Looks like Rapid Tools isn’t the only company selling serrated utility blades.
You can pick up one of these utility knifes for $12 shipped from Amazon, or $10 plus tax if you stop by your local Northern Tool. Replacement blades start at $6 for a cartridge of 10. I wonder if you can just stuff regular utility blades in a cartridge to save some dough.