Husky 2-In-1 Ultra-Thin Combination Knife - Review
Husky, the makers of solid, innovative hand tools, have recently released their 2-In-1 Ultra-Thin Combination Knife. The Combo Knife has a fully-retractable standard razor blade as well as a folding drop point knife, both stowed away in a package that's about 4-3/4" by 1-3/4".
Both of the blades extend out of the same end of the tool making for safe and easy usage. The razor blade is extended with a sliding thumb tab, similar to any standard utility knife, and the drop point blade extends with a flick of a little nub that's on the blade itself, also like many standard flip knives. The folding blade has a nice locking mechanism so it won't flip back and close over your knuckles.
As with their drywall tool, the ergonomics are well thought out and successful. If you have your hands full with the utility blade out, it's an easy one-handed maneuver to retract the blade, flip the tool and fold out the drop point blade. As we all know, sometimes utility knives don't cut it and this tool is for when you have your hands full before you realize that sad fact.
The knife is extremely thin, measuring only 7/16 in width, which is great, but it does come at the cost of blade storage. This is a slight pet peeve of ours (and a problem we had with Husky's drywall tool as well), but here, it's something that we can deal with, seeing as the lightweight, compact benefits of the knife are so apparent.
The utility blade can be changed out by loosening a screw that releases a panel on the back of the tool. The folding blade comes sharpened, and according to Husky (as well as our experience with it), it should hold the edge for a good long time. When it does get dull, it should be easy enough to sharpen.
It's a good tool to have in your pocket. It hardly takes up any space at all and the two blades make it very useful for a variety of situations. If you're cutting sheetrock, or some other task that requires constant blade changing, stick with a traditional utility knife. But if you're looking for an all round, keep in the pocket, make a cut here, make a cut there, cut that hose, open that box, kind of knife, you'd be hard pressed to find one better than this.
The tool is sold exclusively at Home Depot and will set you back $9.97. It's a good price to us, seeing as any utility knife worth buying is going to cost that anyway and Husky's good name guarantees that this thing won't be falling apart anytime soon.
You'll notice that our photo shoot was slightly disrupted when Marlowe decided to pick his teeth with the tool, displaying yet another use for the 2-In-1 Combo Knife.
No animals were harmed in the writing of this review.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at September 27, 2007 5:24 AM