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    Wiss   Auto-Retracting Safety Utility Knife

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    • Description
      • Safety utility knife
      • 7/8 in. Hex broach
      • Shear cut blades
      Model
      WKAR1
      Internet/Catalog:
      204158881
      Store SKU:
      1001375389

      The Wiss Auto-Retracting Utility Knife's blade retracts automatically the moment it loses contact with the material being cut, even if the user is still holding the blade slider forward in the "open" position. It makes every cutting job safe. The handle is made of metal and the blade is made of steel.

      • Helps reduce workplace injuries, lowering lost time and increasing productivity
      • Accepts all standard type utility knife blades
      • Quick and easy blade change
      • Tool length: 8.5 finish on handles: silver, black and red point style: sharp
      • Good in quality
      • Product is able to withstand wear, pressure or damage
    • Specifications
      Assembled Depth (in.) :
      8.50 in
      Assembled Height (in.) :
      1.50 in
      Assembled Width (in.) :
      4.25 in
      Blade Length (In.) :
      5 in
      Blade storage :
      No
      Hand Tool Type :
      Utility Knife
      Handle Length (in.) :
      5
      Handle Material :
      Metal
      Individual/Set :
      Individual
      Knife Type :
      Utility
      Lockable Blade :
      No
      Product Weight (lb.) :
      0.40
      Removable Blade :
      Yes
      Retractable Blade :
      Yes
      Returnable :
      90-Day
      Tools Product Type :
      Hand Tool
    • Reviews
      (10)

      Ratings & Reviews

      80% of customers recommend this product
      4.0
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      • Great as a box-cutter, not so as a utility knife
      • May 26, 2016

      I’ve never tried an auto-retract utility knife before, but having had my share of injuries in the construction field, I’m always eager to try something with advanced safety features. My utility knife is one of a half-dozen tools that accompany me to EVERY job. I would be lost without it. From sharpening pencils and opening caulking tubes, to stripping insulation from cables, marking boards to cut with perfect precision and a million things between, it is a must-have tool. My first observation is that I found it ironic that I needed a utility knife to open the plastic package that the knife is packaged in. Almost everything is that way now, so I’m not blaming this product design or packaging, It’s just my rant on excess packaging and waste. I’ve used dozens of utility knives over the years and there are a few features that are absolute requirements in my mind. It must be retractable (not necessarily auto-retractable though), it must accept regular blades, feel comfortable in my hand and hold extra blades in the handle. The Wiss utility knife misses one of these important features: holding extra blades. I had to look it over for a few minutes to make sure, because it looked like part of the handle should separate or hinge open or something, but not so. Strike one. It feels comfortable, slightly heavier than most but seems durable, but after using it for a few days on various jobs, I found several other weaknesses: First, it doesn’t come apart. This is a major drawback. Blades often get gummed up with glue, paint, caulking and other junk that quickly makes the blade unusable. The auto-retract feature insures that this junk is drawn back into the knife where it gets on the mechanisms inside and makes it inoperable or slower to function. Second, the auto-retract feature works like this: Thumb slide the blade out (if you release your thumb, it will auto retract), start cutting and when the cut is done, the blade retracts automatically, whether your thumb is still holding the slide forward or not. If there is any reduction on the pressure or friction of the cut, it senses that and retracts immediately. Sort of cool how it works, except that different thicknesses of material or pressure on the cut will cause it to automatically retract, so forget about sharpening a pencil, it will retract with every stroke. Almost every task caused it to retract when I don’t want it to, except for cutting cardboard boxes. Major drawback. Third, I found the blade change to be a little awkward. The new blade must be inserted exactly right or it will not not attach properly when it draws back. Usually takes a couple tries, but it takes extra time and detracts from what should be an almost instinctual action. My final conclusion is that this would probably be a great knife for box-cutting and the auto-retract safety feature would make it exceptional for that purpose, but should not be labeled as a utility knife, it just doesn’t work for me in the construction field.

      Pros Good Size & Weight, Sturdy Cons Difficult to Use, not serviceable, frustrating
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      Montana
      55 to 64, Male
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