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a beautiful knife with a major flaw
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.