X-ACTO? Retractable Utility Knife, Black
Not all plastic utility knives are created equal - some are heavyweight and will work just fine. This one does not meet that criteria. It is extremely lightweight (which is not a good thing when it comes to cutting utensils) and is difficult to assemble. The plastic button that keeps the blade snug inside the knife also creates problems when assembling. It took several attempts to get the knife fully assembled without the blade shaving plastic from the inside cover. Once correctly installed, the blade still does not move smoothly like in other, higher quality knives. The whole thing just feels cheap. I recommend the Stanley metal utility knife if you want something basic (item #550467).
April 4, 2014
The BEST and SAFEST
The blade's unique notched design eliminates the blade slipping and drifting in the knife track like the other styles do. This reduces the rick of injury. Nothing better. Some complain that the blade retractor button is "cheap" but we have found that it is actually durable and a non-factor in day to day use. Besides, we bought it for the notched blade. X-Acto does it again!
December 10, 2013
This thing is garbage
This piece of garbage doesn't even come with a blade. It is only the plastic handle. Description reads like it is the complete knife but is only handle.
September 21, 2011
Don't even bother.
After using the knife for a few months, I have to comment on the lack of quality that X-Acto has allowed in this model. The body is cheap plastic and the handle that slides the blade out is very fragile. As a matter of fact, after a few months of LIGHT use, the handle completely broke in two. Also, the knife is not very well designed either. When sliding the blade out to cut, the tip of the blade would get caught on the body of the knife. Many times I?ve had to shake the handle just to get the blade to slide out of the body. At one point, I actually had to open the whole thing up and ?shave? the inside of the body so that the blade could slide out easier. So far, it hasn?t worked very well and I still have to shake it to get the tip to come out. The only good thing I have to say is that the blade that came with the knife was very sharp; but then again, all new blades are supposed to be sharp. I expected much better from a big company like X-Acto.
September 15, 2010