The Cutting-Edge Features of Multipurpose Utility Knives - HandCraft Damascus Art

Many a times when we look around in our home, office, or somewhere in the market, we find utility knives. As a craftsman carries a utility belt, a food lover likes to carry a utility knife. Although, not bigger like a regular chef knife, this middle-sized knife is confidently used by people who are not even chefs. The utility knife does not need to be handled by professionals only.
Utility knife should not be confused with the retractable small life that people like to carry in their pockets. It is basically the kitchen utility knife, used for a multipurpose kitchen tasks. From slicing up meats and cheeses to chopping mid-sized vegetables and fruits, the utility knife make an important contribution in cooking food.


Typical Design of a Utility Knife’s Blade


The blades of utility knife vary anywhere between 4 to 7 inches in length. The best utility knives would usually have a length of 5.5 inches, which makes them perfect choice for almost any kitchen task. Some Damascus steel utility knives weight just 5 ounces and still they offer superior control in cutting and slicing with maximum comfort.


Handles of utility knives


Most manufacturers offer several styles, and we’ll cover the most common ones.


Fixed-Position Folding Utility Knives


This type of knife locks in two different extended positions. These knives are also known as buck knives or hunting knives. They carry a hinge due to which the user can easily fold their blade in the handle after use. But when exposed, the blade of the knife remains in the same position. However, in certain knives, the blade has an intermediary fixed position i.e., the blade is held at an angle from the rest of the handle. The purpose is to keep the user safe from injuring himself while cutting or performing any cooking job with the knife. Some folding utility knives have replaceable blades, others don’t.


Pros of Folding Utility Knives


• These knives usually have strong handles.


• The unique cutting angle due to the intermediary locked position suits to overhead cutting jobs


• These knives can handle heavy-duty tasks comfortably.


• They offer good portability when they are not in use because their folding design halves the length of the knife itself.


• Some knives have two open blade positions


• Their blades are replaceable.



Cons of Folding Utility Knives


• If the user leaves the blade open accidently after performing he job, there is a risk of potential injury.


• Some utility knives do not offer the facility to replace blades, which means the user might need to buy another knife if the blade becomes dull over time.



Manual Utility Knife


They are also called manual-retraction knives. They keep their blade in a fixed position to cut, but when then knife is not in use, it is fairly easy to retract them. As a result, there are little chances of accidental lacerations. The user can engage a slider to either retract or extend the blade of such knives with the purpose to control exposure. These knives usually offer a variety of cutting depths to choose from due to multiple fixed positions.
One does not need a 3 inch blade to get half-inch pieces of corrugated with the shortest blade length. Once the user is up with the cutting task, he/ she may return the blade to its fully retracted position in order to protect himself/ herself and others.


Pros of Manual Utility Knife


• Due to multiple fixed positions, the knives offer the user a choice to use the desired blade depth for the job.


• Unlike some fixed-blade knives, manual retraction knives retract the blade fully and protect users from possible injury.


• The user does not need to hold the slider in place after setting the blade in locked position. This reduces hand strain.


• These knives have replaceable blades.


• These knives slice through thick material more comfortably.



Cons of Manual Utility Knife


• Some manual-retraction knives don’t support multiple blade length options. As a result, they tend to be too long to perform the task at hand and may cause an injury to the users.


• If the users forget to fully retract the blade after use, the exposed blade is a potential hazard to any one coming across the knife.


Self-Retracting and Auto-Retractable Utility Knives


As the name suggests, these knives offer smart retracting features – added levels of safety. In case of manual utility knife, the user exposes the blade by engaging the slider. However, in such types of knives, the user holds down the slider to keep the blade exposed. Once the slice is released, a spring-loaded mechanism pulls the blade into the handle automatically. As a result, thee the innovative knives reduces injury incidents even if the user forgets to retract the blade.


Pros of Self-Retracting and Auto-Retractable Utility Knives


• As it is not recommended to leave the blade lying around, there are minimal chances of injury.


• Some people like slider mechanism and not the folding mechanism, a cap, or a sheath.


Cons of Self-Retracting and Auto-Retractable Utility Knives


• The persistent use of the knife may become tiring to keep the slider engaged.


• The life of the knife becomes useless of the retraction spring is one extra mechanism that could potentially break, rendering the knife worthless.

Many a times when we look around in our home, office, or somewhere in the market, we find utility knives. As a craftsman carries a utility belt, a food lover likes to carry a utility knife. Although, not bigger like a regular chef knife, this middle-sized knife is confidently used by people who are not even chefs. The utility knife does not need to be handled by professionals only.
Utility knife should not be confused with the retractable small life that people like to carry in their pockets. It is basically the kitchen utility knife, used for a multipurpose kitchen tasks. From slicing up meats and cheeses to chopping mid-sized vegetables and fruits, the utility knife make an important contribution in cooking food.


Typical Design of a Utility Knife’s Blade


The blades of utility knife vary anywhere between 4 to 7 inches in length. The best utility knives would usually have a length of 5.5 inches, which makes them perfect choice for almost any kitchen task. Some Damascus steel utility knives weight just 5 ounces and still they offer superior control in cutting and slicing with maximum comfort.


Handles of utility knives


Most manufacturers offer several styles, and we’ll cover the most common ones.


Fixed-Position Folding Utility Knives


This type of knife locks in two different extended positions. These knives are also known as buck knives or hunting knives. They carry a hinge due to which the user can easily fold their blade in the handle after use. But when exposed, the blade of the knife remains in the same position. However, in certain knives, the blade has an intermediary fixed position i.e., the blade is held at an angle from the rest of the handle. The purpose is to keep the user safe from injuring himself while cutting or performing any cooking job with the knife. Some folding utility knives have replaceable blades, others don’t.


Pros of Folding Utility Knives


• These knives usually have strong handles.


• The unique cutting angle due to the intermediary locked position suits to overhead cutting jobs


• These knives can handle heavy-duty tasks comfortably.


• They offer good portability when they are not in use because their folding design halves the length of the knife itself.


• Some knives have two open blade positions


• Their blades are replaceable.



Cons of Folding Utility Knives


• If the user leaves the blade open accidently after performing he job, there is a risk of potential injury.


• Some utility knives do not offer the facility to replace blades, which means the user might need to buy another knife if the blade becomes dull over time.



Manual Utility Knife


They are also called manual-retraction knives. They keep their blade in a fixed position to cut, but when then knife is not in use, it is fairly easy to retract them. As a result, there are little chances of accidental lacerations. The user can engage a slider to either retract or extend the blade of such knives with the purpose to control exposure. These knives usually offer a variety of cutting depths to choose from due to multiple fixed positions.
One does not need a 3 inch blade to get half-inch pieces of corrugated with the shortest blade length. Once the user is up with the cutting task, he/ she may return the blade to its fully retracted position in order to protect himself/ herself and others.


Pros of Manual Utility Knife


• Due to multiple fixed positions, the knives offer the user a choice to use the desired blade depth for the job.


• Unlike some fixed-blade knives, manual retraction knives retract the blade fully and protect users from possible injury.


• The user does not need to hold the slider in place after setting the blade in locked position. This reduces hand strain.


• These knives have replaceable blades.


• These knives slice through thick material more comfortably.



Cons of Manual Utility Knife


• Some manual-retraction knives don’t support multiple blade length options. As a result, they tend to be too long to perform the task at hand and may cause an injury to the users.


• If the users forget to fully retract the blade after use, the exposed blade is a potential hazard to any one coming across the knife.


Self-Retracting and Auto-Retractable Utility Knives


As the name suggests, these knives offer smart retracting features – added levels of safety. In case of manual utility knife, the user exposes the blade by engaging the slider. However, in such types of knives, the user holds down the slider to keep the blade exposed. Once the slice is released, a spring-loaded mechanism pulls the blade into the handle automatically. As a result, thee the innovative knives reduces injury incidents even if the user forgets to retract the blade.


Pros of Self-Retracting and Auto-Retractable Utility Knives


• As it is not recommended to leave the blade lying around, there are minimal chances of injury.


• Some people like slider mechanism and not the folding mechanism, a cap, or a sheath.


Cons of Self-Retracting and Auto-Retractable Utility Knives


• The persistent use of the knife may become tiring to keep the slider engaged.


• The life of the knife becomes useless of the retraction spring is one extra mechanism that could potentially break, rendering the knife worthless.

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