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Very difficult to load the Stanley 10-788...be vewy vewy caweful,
This review is from: Stanley 10788 Curved Quick-Change Utility Knife, Stainless Steel Retractable Blade, 3 Blades (Tools & Home Improvement)Putting in the blade on the Stanley 10788 the first time is pretty much impossible to figure out on your own. My next door super-fixit-neighbor could not figure it out. The hang card for the knife has a single tiny picture of a hand holding a knife with vaguely-pointed arrows. It makes IKEA instructions seem like an encyclopedia.
There are no instructions online at Stanley and no video on YouTube by Stanley (Hellooooo Stanley....it is the 21st century....) I finally found a description of the slider button trick online at a DIY site. Pros: I still have my dad's Stanley utility knife from the 50's (the kind you have to unscrew to change the blade). I expect this Stanley to be 4- or 5-star quality and last forever. Plus ergonomic. Cons: I am giving only 2 stars, because this thing is so strange to load. (Hey Stanley, how about pre-loading the 10-788 with a blade? How about including a website address for the 10788 that comes up first when you Google Stanley 10788, with photo by photo instructions??)
If you decide to get this knife here is what you need to do to load it the first time:
--Get a blade out. There is a black release on the top of the knife on the tail end opposite the blade. Depress (rock forward). You will see it open if you look at the knife from the side. The lower half of the knife tail will swing down (the release and compartment are all part of the same piece of plastic). Take out a blade and snap it back closed.
--Slide the slider button in the slot on top of the knife all the way forward. This is what extends and retracts the blade when it is finally loaded (gold-colored button on mine).
--Push the slider button down AND HOLD IT DOWN, THE KEY INSTRUCTION MISSING IS HOLDING THE SLIDER BUTTON ALL THE WAY DOWN. You have to exert a little leverage to hold it all the way down and not just a little bit down.
--Still holding down? Push the still-held-down slider button forward a little more until it locks in place (the front and back of the rounded slider button will be close to even with the top of the knife on either side of the slot). When you take your finger off it will stay there.
--While the slider is locked down, push the bright yellow button on the side and hold it in. Once again you need some leverage, don't just press on it. If meanwhile you touched the top of the knife somehow and the slider button popped up (because you didn't really get it all the way down even though you thought you did), repeat locking the slider button down.
--Still holding the yellow button all the way in? Slide in the blade. The blade has two half-moon cutouts on top. Make sure you slide 2/3 of the blade in so both cutouts are all the way inside.
--Jiggle the blade around gently until you feel that the cutouts in the top of the blade have worked their way onto the two-post catch that holds them in place.
--Release the yellow button.
--If and only if you like to live dangerously, test the catch by firmly grasping the knife body with one hand, firmly grasping the blade on both sides with two fingers of the other hand (fingers up and away from the incredibly sharp edge!) and very, very gently tugging to see if it has caught and is locked in place. (Very gentle tug, do not pull hard, obviously, just in case it is not locked in place, if it is not and you pull hard it will fly out with your hand and somehow gash you on some part of your body and you will bleed out.)
--Unlock the slider button on the top of the knife and slide it backwards and forwards in and out, to make sure the blade extends and retracts properly. Try pressing down and cutting into a piece of wood or cardboard or something (if the blade slips around AT ALL and does not feel solid with the knife while you are cutting with it, it is not secure and you start over).
--Removing the Stanley 10-788 blade is stupid easy. Push yellow button and pull blade out.
Be vewy vewy caweful with the Stanley 10-788. If this seems like a lot of work for a utility knife (I think it is) buy the cheap snapoff-blade kind with the screw-in tightener.
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Initial post: Dec 28, 2012 10:30:19 AM PST
Stephen Gent says:
Thanks a lot for this. I just bought one form Ace hardware on sale and couldn't figure it out, and as it is Chinese i thought it was a piece of crap. I have followed the instructions above, and everything seems OK. Why can't Stanley give decent instructions instead of the poor excuse they supply with the tool. I can get most of my money back with a mail in coupon, so it was only $1.99
Posted on Feb 24, 2013 9:24:21 PM PST
Your post is a lifesaver!
Posted on May 14, 2013 2:25:12 PM PDT
David Weinman says:
thanks, tried for an hour to do it (should be simple) and your review was great. Right you are, why no instructions on the package.
Posted on Jul 5, 2013 7:51:42 PM PDT
These instructions are required to get any use out of this Stanley tool. I will think twice before I buy another Stanley product. In fact if I see something I want, I will not buy it until AFTER I go home and research to see if there are instructions Stanley you blew it. If this is the quality you are starting to use, you wont stay in business.
Posted on Jul 11, 2013 7:32:59 PM PDT
Sheryl Hutchison says:
Zinnia - THANK YOU! I think I'm pretty smart, but this utility knife had me completely stumped. There's no way I'd have ever gotten there without your instructions. Cuz let's face it, it's just plain weird! Thanks!
Posted on Sep 21, 2013 8:25:29 PM PDT
joyce doxtater says:
Most useful comments post I've ever read. Thank you!
Posted on Oct 26, 2013 10:02:29 AM PDT
The King of Nothing says:
Yea, big thanks! I'm a woodworker who just wasted an hour trying to figure this out on my own. What an unbelievably stupid, and I mean STUPID procedure. I can't believe I paid money for this piece of junk. Lesson learned. Stanley, how you have fallen.
Posted on Dec 1, 2013 11:05:19 AM PST
Derek M Skaletsky says:
Thank you so much for this detailed description on loading this thing. I can't believe there are no instructions for this. It was driving me crazy. You saved my Sunday!
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