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Wiss Auto-Retracting Safety Utility Knife


Auto-Retracting Safety Utility Knife

  • Safety utility knife
  • 7/8 in. Hex broach
  • Shear cut blades
$897 /each
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Product Overview

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

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Ratings (9) (10) (22) (59)
Knife Type Utility Utility Utility Utility
Blade Length (in.) 2.5 in 5 in 5/8 in 1 in
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Auto-Retracting Safety Utility Knife is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great as a box-cutter, not so as a utility knife 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.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great I have many knives. I really like this one. So easy to use. At first I did not know if it would do the job and it did. Good in quality and very easy to use. I like that it is very light weight since I am older and do not have strength that I used to have. I am so very happy to have these. Thank you again for this great opportunity. i i i
Date published: 2016-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Solid construction, fabulous quick release for blades The utility knife has a nice heavy feel and fits well in your hand. The quick release feature is fabulous! I hate it when I have to switch out a blade on my other utility knife because it takes so long. This knife has a switch on the side that has the label "Work/Change". When you want to change the blade, just move the switch to "Change" and the blade just slides right out. The reason I knocked off a star is because it doesn't come apart. So, if you cut something that gums up the blade, you can't clean it out. Also, I like the utility knives that allow you to put additional blades in the body so you always have spares and don't have to go and hunt them down.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Product I was in the market for a new utility knife when I saw this one and thought I'd give it a try. The biggest problems with the old style utility knives is the retractor not working and the two halves not closing completely when they got old. My last one cut me when the spare blade slid out because the halves didn't close all the way. This one can't do that as it doesn't come in two halves. I like that plus the auto retract function is nice. Changing the blade is a snap also, no tools since it doesn't open. We'll see how long it lasts but it's very nice now.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice and sharp Normally I would have thought that this was a wonderful product. A retractable blade seems so much more safe and easy to use. However, with this particular utility knife, if there is a way to keep the blade from retracting after each stroke, we can't figure it out. Which means it becomes a great deal of work to hold the blade open to use to, for instance, open a box.
Date published: 2016-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy Safety Knife I have large hands so I appreciate tools that feel comfortable in my grip. This safety knife is very solidly built and feels sturdy and comfortable in my hand. There is a large black lever on the top. You must hold this smooth moving lever forward and hold it in place to expose the blade. I used it to cut several surfaces and each time the blade instantly retracted, even while my thumb was on the lever. It certainly feels like a well built and safe tool for projects.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from safety first this knife is a little hard to use you have to hold the button forward so the blade is exposed when you take your finger off the button the blade retracks it has the same design as a regular utility knife there is a small button on the side that says work or change move the button to change so you can change the blade when you do that just pull the blade straight out and put your new blade in and move the button back to work
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Safety Blade Retractor I own several utility knives and this one is the most comfortable to hold. The black portion is made from some soft non-slip plastic that allows you to have a good grip on it while cutting. It uses the same "standard" blade that has been around for years and so replacement blades should be easy to obtain. The "quick change" blade feature on this knife works with less effort than other brands I have tried. I tried changing the blade many times. The blade comes off easily every time and most of the time it goes back in with little effort. However, there were times when it took quite a bit of time to get the blade back in. It's like if you don't get it started just right something on the inside hangs up. You must use your thumb to keep the blade extended while cutting. There is now way to lock it in an extended position. There also is no hidden storage for spare blades.
Date published: 2016-05-24
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