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Xacto X5282 Basic Knife Set

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  • Xacto basic knife set for lightweight precision cutting
  • Ideal for cutting wood, cardboard, paper, plastic, cloth and foam board
  • Comes with a variety of blade types including straight edge, general purpose, fine point, and scoring blades
  • Housed in a handsome wooden chest, Made in China
  • 6.5-by-5.5-by-1.5-inches ; 10.1-ounces
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number XAC5282
Item Weight2.7 ounces
Product Dimensions6.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
OriginUSA
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Item model numberX5282
SizeEACH
Item Package Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB00004Z2UB
Best Sellers Rank #336 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The X-ACTO precision knife is the original cutting tool for any application requiring a precise, accurate cut. This cutting and trimming tool has been used for years by graphics artists, designers, hobbyists and others for making careful cuts and trims consistently and with confidence. Now you can purchase the original X-ACTO knife (numbers 1, 2, and 5) along with a full set of X-ACTO precision knife blades, all in one convenient set.

The original X-ACTO knife has been praised for more than 50 years as the standard for precision. Attaining this level of precision, accuracy and reliability starts with supreme quality craftsmanship. The X-ACTO precision knives are built with carbon and steel sharpened blades for a reliable cut every time. Add a full set of X-ACTO precision knife blades, you will have a knife to make the precision cut you need - every material, every time.

Set contains: No. 1 knife for precision cutting and trimming of lightweight materials, No. 2 knife for precision and trimming of medium to heavy weight materials, No. 5 knife for precision cutting of heavy weight materials; and numbers 2, 7, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 precision knife blades.

From the Manufacturer

The X5282 is a basic knife set for lightweight precision cutting. Includes: No. 1 knife w/No. 11 blade; No. 2 knife w/No. 2 blade; No 5 knife w/No. 19 blade; 1 each No. 7, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 blades; 2 each No. 11 blades. Will cut wood, cardboard, paper, plastic, cloth and foam board. Comes with a wooden chest.

Customer Reviews

The blades are VERY sharp!
Joseph A. Nowak
This set comes with a nice wooden box that holds all the knives in place.
Kitchen Ninja
The blades were extremely sharp as should be expected of Xacto knives.
Amazon Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By N. Porter on April 30, 2010
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This is a good set, with nice quality cutting edges, but was a little disappointed with the box (MDF with a veneer rather than what appears to be a solid wood box in the pictures as of 4/29).

The other thing that really surprised me was the poor finish to the non-cutting portion of the blade. Many of mine have chips or worn indentations (possibly from finishing the actual blades?) and what appears to be a bad finish on the 'backs' of the blades. Putting your finger gently on this to help guide a cut really makes it seem like you're knicking your finger on solid sandpaper. I improved it somewhat by grinding the backs a little with a file, but definitely surprised about the lack of quality finish from a name like X-Acto.

Still, it does the job of cutting well and the box does hold everything together, although I think the fragile plastic inserts will be useless before too long. In the top of the box the spare blades are held in place by a magnetic strip, and I anticipate pulling this from the insert and gluing it directly to the inside to of the box.

(PS - don't forget to give the blades a good clean before using them. There was a substantial oil/sheen on mine that would have marked e.g. a paper project)
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By -paulo- on December 7, 2007
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My cousin has this same knife set that he got years back.
I bought a knife set for myself recently and I find that the quality is less than that of the older makes.
The handles feel cheap and the box is not as fine as the older one.
Still an overall good knife set.
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122 of 140 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Zerbe on September 11, 2011
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I used to have one of these knife sets years ago but lost it in a move. It was made with pride in the USA. Beautiful craftsmanship. The item I got now is a sad, made in China (ofcourse) piece of garbage. The box is made if some unidentifable sort of plastic made to look somewhat like of wood. The hinge pin is way too small allowing lots of slop in the lid as though the hinge screws were loose. The lock ring is so rough it is very difficule to secure the blades. This was addressed at the factory by applying light oil to the threads. That cure didn't work. The plastic inserts that hold the pieces are a joke. Distorted out of shape gripping the tools way too tightly. The only good thing I can say is the blades are sharp. Come on Elmer's, you can do better. I would gladly pay twice the price for the original quality,
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By El Catorce on January 28, 2011
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This basic knife set is ok, the blades are sharp but they keep comming loose from the handles, i guess this is what you canexpect from an inexpensive set of knifes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caleb on May 4, 2011
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I got these mostly for cutting leather projects because I liked a set that my mom had like this--only hers was 40 years old. These seem to have the same good quality and work great for what I've needed them for so far.
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Extremely dissapointed by the xacto handle, specifically the red handled fellow here, and would highly recommend handles from other manufacturers.

5/7/2014: And I finally found a decent replacement: the Warren Cutlery line of handles and blades. For $25 I received a decent wood handle with a brass collet, and a variety of useful sharp blades. The xacto blades shown above will not fit, but some of the others do. Perfect as a gift, or an upgrade to ones own hobby knife.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bo Bipidty on December 22, 2013
Everything about this product is cheap. Very disappointed! I looked at the # of stars on this product and unfortunately did not read the many, many bad reviews...the cheap box, cheap handles. I dont understand why this has 4 stars. Even though it was a hassle, I returned it. I suggest everyone that is disappointed with this product do the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ol' Dan on June 25, 2014
I had a set of Xacto knives that looked like this one for over 50 years. I bought them when I was a boy, and built many model planes and boats, and the knives always performed beautifully. Of course, I bought many, many replacement blades, particularly the classic #2 blade, but the handles lasted and lasted.

After a rather messy divorce, my trusty set of Xacto knives were "misplaced". I recently had need for knives like these, so I bought a new set. What a disappointment!

The classic wooden box is now made of some cheap material with a thin veneer over it. Instead of the fitted wood handle holders inside, there is now a cheap, thin plastic piece that doesn't fit properly. The magnetic blade holder is, in theory at least, a potential improvement over the old style, but even that is so poorly made it might as well not be there. The handles - the handles are just badly made. The chucks don't tighten properly, the aluminum is poorly finished, and the plastic of the large handle has rough casting edges on it that make it very uncomfortable to use. The blades that used to be the standard for knife edges are now cheaply stamped out, low quality, improperly heat treated, and poorly finished. The edges are not as sharp as a good pocket knife, and they don't hold an edge like they used to.

Why? Well, to me, the answer is in a small paper sticker on the box: "Made in China." I understand the Xacto brand name is now owned by Elmer's Products, the maker of Elmer's glue. Apparently when they bought the brand, they figured it would be cheaper to have the knives made in China and depend on the name they had built up over the previous decades to continue selling them.

I think, from now on, I will not buy anything made by Elmer's.
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