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The jury’s still out regarding the safety and utility of folding utility knives vs. their fixed cousins, but did you know Fiskars makes one? When I think Fiskars, I generally think scissors (or possibly lawn mowers). Then again, they reach well across the crafting market — a group that surely buys knives like these. My question: Is it just for crafting?

The Fiskars site doesn’t cough up much in the way of detail about the product, but the picture says a bit. It looks significantly smoother than most of the knives we keep around the shop, eschewing the folding-knife look for more of a standard utility knife shape. The overall design looks curved to fit your hand, which probably makes it easy to use for accurate cuts.

I’m a little nervous about how well it’d hold up outside the craft room, though. The slider mechanism doesn’t look exceedingly durable. And if you put a ton of force on it, the knife might slip out of your hand.

My first thought was that Fiskars never really intended it for heavy-duty use, but right there in the feature list you’ll find “scores drywall.” Hmm.

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7 Responses to Flip Utility Knife: Crafting Only?

  1. Brau says:

    It’s a good example of ‘just make it different” design, where even if the features are redundant doesn’t matter, just as long as a seller somewhere can say “It’s better because …. (make up whatever reason they like) … “.

    Personally I don’t trust folding/lock knives at all, having had just one locker release and cut me pretty good.

  2. Joe says:

    They all seem weird to me, but what do I know, I still use a fixed-blade Stanley 199 daily.

  3. kyle says:

    have a craftsman folding utility knife on my belt right now, my last was husky, it held up well, i replaced it with craftsman for the lifetime, no hassle waranty, the husky recived heavy use and i am sure this one wil as well, i wouldnt want the plastic thing from fiskars, im to hard on tools for that to hold up

  4. Keith says:

    I’m with Joe. My first utility knife was the Stanley 199 which I bought 20 years ago and it is still the one I turn to for heavy duty work.

  5. HeartlessMachine says:

    I have been using folding utility knives for several years. I got my first one from Sheffield, I think. And that was easily two years before I saw them in Home Depot.

    I trust my folding utility knife to do a lot of things, and I deploy it at least 30 times a day. But I don’t want the bulk of a Stanley 199, personally. I prefer something I can shove in my pocket, while the clip keeps it right up top where it’s easy to get.

    As for the Fiskars example above… I think its bulk combined with the plastic handle will make it a “never purchase” item for me. I would be worried about breaking the plastic, and it looks like it’s far too fat for me to comfortably keep in my pocket. On the other hand, it’s probably easier to grip, and more comfortable in the palm. And I would bet there’s extra blade storage in the handle. So it’s probably great for crafting. But then… Why does it need to fold?

    Folding = carry it everywhere.
    Bulky = leave it on the desk.

    Folding + bulky = skip it. It won’t do either task very well.

  6. Tom says:

    HeartlessMachine, which brand/model do you use? What’s a decent, thin, utility knife with a clip?

  7. HeartlessMachine says:

    The Husky (Home Depot) is not too bad. It’s lightweight, thin, and works well. For a looooong time I used a Craftsman, because it’s a little heavier, feels good in the hand, and the wood accents in the handle looked nice. But I stopped using it because eventually, I decided I wanted something lighter, since I carry it everywhere.

    Right now, I’m using a Kobalt, from Lowes. But I found it difficult to open with one hand, so I took it apart and ground part of the lobe off the back of the lock, welded on a larger thumb thing, and when I put it back together, I used a stainless machine screw and welded the nut on, so it will never come apart. I’ve had to toss out a few knives over the years when the pivot screw loosened and disappeared.

    I get these knives cheap, as they’re confiscated by the hundreds at airports, and if you know where to look, they are plentiful. As my tastes and needs change, so does the set of demands I have for these knives, which is why I had to customize the one I’m using now.

    But for general off-the-shelf recommendation… I’d just get a Husky.

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