For a few years now, we’ve made no bones about that fact that the razor knife we use around the shop is the Irwin Pro Touch. It’s light, comfortable, and feels good in the hand. Bostitch now has a knife that will see equal use in the shop — the Twin blade.
We’ve seen it around, but only just recently were we talked into using one. Surprisingly, it feels great. Though it is heavier than the Pro Touch, the grip and balance feel good in your hand. That alone wasn’t enough to sway us, however.
What did put the Bostitch over the top was the second blade. Unlike the razor commercials you see on TV that keep adding blades until they look like the back of a 80’s Nissan Z, the Twin Blade boasts two very workable bays that sport any standard razor type, like, in our case, a straight and hook blade. Add to that the width of the knife is still very trim and comfortable to hold, and it becomes clear this is not a gimmick.
Each blade has a slider on the spine, and despite looking like they’re too close together to operate easily, that’s not the case.
What Bostitch has done here is to actually stuff more functionality into an already solid platform. The trouble is it’s so subtle you might not notice it sitting on the shelf. There is also a Stanley version if you like silver better than mustard color — it’s exactly the same knife and can be found about 2 pegs over at the local big box.
Street pricing start at around $10.