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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2008
I purchased this knife as I have been pleased with the innovation of many of the fatmax products. The knife is a very nice looking tool, very ergonomic and comfortable when exerting maximum force into a cut. I really liked the large amount of blade storage in the handle, and changing blades is quite speedy, with a twist of the dial the knife scissors open to reveal the interior blade storage. The dial can also clamp the blade into place fairly securely if you need to exert force at the tip of the blade.

The dial and scissor design also creates some problems however. The biggest issue has been when cutting into drywall or shingles, etc, that can leave residue on the blade. Because of the close fit of the blade in the knife to allow the two halves to clamp it in place, when retracting the blade the knife can become clogged with drywall, tar, etc very easily and impede or prevent the blade from moving in or out at all. Sometimes you can twist the dial very loose to get the blade to move, but then the knife feels very insecure as the two halves rattle around against each other. I've cleaned the inside surface of the knife countless times and eventually come back to the same issue. I also seems impossible to get a "perfect" dial setting where the blade will slide easily but the two halves of the knife handle will feel secure.

These problems have resulted in the knife being retired to the tool box and I now keep a regular old stanley 10-079 knife in my apron for daily use. Sure I miss the quick blade changes but I am happier with the instant no fuss blade extract/retract and a solid feeling handle. I think the fatmax knife would be ideal when there is a lot of tough cutting to be done where you will frequently need to change blades, and the ergonomics would come into play, but if you are going to be cutting drywall, shingles, etc, I would think the fixed blade model would be better to avoid the issues I had.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2010
When retailers used to carry this knife it gleamed in the pathetic display of inferior products. This is the kind of tool that will linger in your families possession long after you pass away. They will not be able to throw it away, or sell it at some estate sale. Ergonomically correct, this knife feels good in the hand. The handle refuses to hurt you by the design. For tougher jobs there is enough room on the handle for a back up hand. This massive member measures in at 8' long, 1" thick, and at it's highest point 1 3/4" tall. Big job, big tool. Has a massive 20 round/blade capacity. Clearly a man among boys in utility knife technology. When you read the other reviews, some "people" have a problem with the retractability of the knife... HEY EINSTEIN, the knife even includes a BIG brass dial to regulate the blade operation. People who can not operate a utility knife should not use one. Stanley has hit the nail on the head with this device, in fact, you can even use it as a light weight hammer for those annoying tacks. Now, sadly, you can only find the 10-815 online. Stock up. Products like this do not come around often, and when they do they are far ahead of their time. Look at the garbage at your local home warehouse and compare it with this. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
I think I've reached a new level of geekdom by reviewing a box knife. Still, I've had about every model out there and this one finally gets it right. It feels good in the hand, you don't need tools to change blades, and you can lock the blade securely with the knob so that it can't accidentally retract while you're cutting.

Get one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2007
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This utility knife is about 2 inches longer than regular ones, and much wider. You get quite a bit of leverage because of the larger size and downward angle of the nose. If you wear gloves or have large hands you'll really like this tool, although anyone can use it comfortably. If you need to work in confined spaces, you may need to have a smaller tool handy. The knob allows you to clamp down on the blade when it is extended, so it functions more like a fixed blade knife. There are no plastic or rubber parts, so this thing can be exposed to extreme conditions and will probably last forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 7, 2008
This thing is large and rigid. The picture doesn't do it justice. You can get a sense of the size of this thing if you look at the relative size of the blade (it is fully extended in the picture) and compare it to the handle. This knife is almost twice as long as a standard utility knife!

The knob locks the blade in position removing all "play" making it easy to maintain precise control over the cutting action. The extra length of the handle makes it easier to reach across a sheet of drywall when it is laying flat on the cutting table or floor. The rigid blade support also aids in control while using the rock ripper cutting square it maintains a precise cut line unlike some of the knives I have used that allow the blade to wobble around in the holder.

The large handle spreads out the force on your hand making it easy to exert extreme cutting pressure on whatever you are cutting without hurting your hand and the slight downward kink in the handle also aids the cutting action by permitting your wrist to maintain a more natural neutral position limiting the stress on the wrist. If necessary I can cut completely through 1/2" drywall with relative ease with this knife.

Think of it as a utility knife on steroids. This knife has become my favorite utility knife, narrowly beating out the one by Redback tools. It is a little pricy but I don't know of a more powerful or easier to control knife being manufactured today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2009
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I read a few reviews and I should have listened. The knife has one problem - It is very difficult to slide the blade in and out. I am a pretty strong guy and it takes almost everything I've got to slide this blade in and out. So I sent it back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2010
Many people have complained about the difficulty of deploying/retracting the blade in this knife. Both operations are easily accomplished if you simply loosen the big, beautiful, golden knob first. This is what it was made for. As stated on the Stanley website, "Dial locks blade firmly in place." Torque down that knob righty-tighty and the blade will not budge no matter what! That's the idea!!! A simple half turn of the dial lefty-loosey and the blade is easily retracted back into its housing. Keep loosening a few more turns and the two halves of the handle are easily swung apart for easy-peasy blade changes. And check out the ample spare blade storage while you're in there!! Room for twenty!!! This is by far the best engineered retractable utility knife in the history of earth! The ergonomics are second to none. A pleasure to use all day. This puppy is rock-solid!! Just use your brain and you'll love it!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2009
I reeeelly wanted to like this knife. But can't. I used it for about a year doing drywall, cutting carpet etc. It allows you to put a lot of pressure on the work but the blade is difficult to slide for all the reasons mentioned. But I have something to add. After forcing it open numerous time the metal blade holder starts to bend and the function just gets worse. The blade changes are also not really that fast. You can find faster. All and all Its a knife that really doesn't do anything that its designed to do well. I urge you to resist buying this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2010
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giant, all metallic utility knife that looks like a gun, awesome.
has internal compartment for spare blade storage, awesome...
makes me feel like i have a huge phallic when i hold it in my palm, priceless...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2008
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Purchased one of these for my hubby for little household chores, and I liked it so much I bought a second one for myself! Comfortable in the hand, sturdy, and easy to change the blades. A Definite good-buy.
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