4. Kobalt Quick-Change Folding Lock-Back Utility Knife
The Kobalt knife featured an intuitive blade change system, impressive bang for the buck, and was stainless steel. Despite its thin design, we felt confident putting extreme pressure on the blade when cutting through thick material, and the lock-back safety feature gave us added peace of mind. Included in the knife package, Kobalt supplies 10 additional replacement blades making the under $9.00 knife a great overall value. The thin design makes it easy to keep in a pocket, while still being large enough to grip comfortably.
5. Snap-On Folding Utility Knife
Available at Pep Boys part stores, we picked up this Snap-on packaged folding utility knife hoping for traditional Snap-on quality. What we got was the typical private-labeled item made in China we didn't want. Finishing in Fifth place, the thinly designed knife wasn't easy to open, wasn't particularly comfortable in our hands, and it didn't feature any blade storage. The best part of the knife was the easy-to-use “wheel” blade change system and the lock back safety feature.
6. DeWalt Folding Retractable Utility Knife
Providing the sole conundrum in the group, the DeWalt knife is both folding and retractable, meaning once the knife is unfolded from the closed position, you still have to engage the blade to cut anything. This unique design left most of the test staff scratching their heads. Features of the DeWalt included in-handle blade storage, three extra blades included, and a nice rubber grip on the handle. During the blade change test, we didn't face any difficulties swapping them out quickly, and we appreciated the aluminum handle. Looking at the competition, it was outclassed by others in this competitive segment.
7. Craftsman Folding Utility Knife
We assure you, Truckin magazine is not picking on Craftsman, but once again, one of their tools placed at or near the bottom of our tool test. This aluminum handle knife features a lock back design, belt clip, and came with five additional blades. With that said, we could barely get the darn thing open. It says “Easy one-hand opening,” but that wasn't the case with this example. Compared to other testers, the handle was too thin and didn't provide a comfortable grip for extreme cutting. The blade changing system claims to be patented, however, it was eerily similar to the same patented design found on the Sheffield utility knife. We looked at the test results, and the Craftsman was dead last.