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Ultimate "junk drawer" box cutter!
on May 7, 2012
The basic design concept of this box cutter is no different than a generic $5 carpet cutter but there are some design refinements that make this thing perfect for home use (especially by online shopping addicts, not that I'd know any).
-The blade doesn't protrude much farther out than how thick heavy corrugated cardboard is. This should be adequate for opening any boxes you'll run into but the potential dangers (to both you and your delivered products) are minimized. Single edged razor style carpet cutters generally extend MUCH further.
-The blade also has a shorter click-stop that is a great depth for cutting tape, since opening most boxes doesn't require cutting the cardboard
-The ceramic blade should last all but indefinitely provided it doesn't hit any hard surfaces. I used to have a ceramic paring knife and chipped the blade when it knocked against something in the kitchen. The fact that this blade doesn't extend very far prevents that from happening with this blade. Just don't try and slice your chives with it on a marble cutting board and you'll be fine :)
-This blade is sharp enough to slice through heavy corrugated cardboard with ease, whether tearing down boxes or cutting the flaps off a 12 pack of beer bottles
-The flat surface from which the blade protrudes is big which has a VERY nice effect. When cutting cardboard with a normal knife, even a sharp one, the blade can go in to the hilt, then you draw the blade outward and it can come out entirely, and you end up almost sawing the cardboard. With the large flat on this box cutter controlling blade depth is no longer an issue. Just drag the flat end along the box and it is neatly sliced. This is another reason it is safer (for you and whatever's in the box).
-I didn't understand the curve of this cutter very well before I had it in my hands. I figured it could be a knuckle guard but who scrapes up their knuckles on cardboard boxes? Once I started using it I realized that this shape allows you to quickly slide the handle into a pocket or belt to hold it securely but still keep it accessible
-In addition to the "quick draw" while you're opening boxes, the curve also lets you hang up this cutter on a nail. For instance if you have children and want this out of reach you could hang it high on the wall on the inside of a coat closet or pantry or anywhere else near where you will need it.
The only thing I don't like about this is the price, but such is the way of niche products. I'm sure the ceramic blade is a big part of the cost too.
I'm happy to answer any questions- just leave them in the comments. Hopefully this is Helpful!