Remember back when we told you about the Stanley Black & Decker merger, speculating that you’d see some of the underlying brands breaking out of their previous molds? It’s happening. Above you see a pretty straightforward folding retractable utility knife. But it’s part of DeWalt’s new hand tool line, which we understand will include all sorts of tools you probably never expected to see under the DeWalt brand. We’ll have more on those additions in coming weeks and months, but let’s start off with a look at this little utility knife.
First off, I know there are definitely two camps when it comes to folding utility knives: Some readers think they’re a great idea. Since they fold up, they’re easy to pocket, meaning you can actually carry one around with you. Others are scared to death of ’em as it’s definitely easier to cut yourself with a folder. DeWalt hopes to cut the middle, giving you a ute knife that’s both folding and retractable.
We haven’t seen one of these in the Toolmonger offices yet, but from the pics we can see that when unfolded the DeWalt takes on a pretty good shape. The slight bend in the middle works wonders for making utility knives easier to control. And we can see the little notch on the bottom that allows access to the blade when retracted, allowing it to cut twine or string. The press release cites a quick-change blade mechanism (which we can’t see in the pics, but assume is pretty much like the Stanley and other utility knives) and mentions that the knife offers storage for three spare blades in the body.
We’ll definitely report back when we get the chance to try one out.