October 5, 2010

Snap-On Folding Work Knife and Carbide Sharpener Combo Pack - Review

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Monday through Friday, we don't leave the house without a utility knife in the pocket (lately, the new Milwaukee one). We opt for that style due to the easily replaceable blades. We've tried using traditional knives on job sites and they get ruined pretty quickly. Sometimes all it takes is a few pieces of Ice and Water Shield before we want to just toss the thing away.

But on the weekends, it's nice to have a regular knife on hand for opening packages, cleaning the fingernails, picking the teeth, or gutting the occasional deer. Let's face it, someone who carries around a razor blade utility knife on the weekends is just plain creepy. Snap-On recently sent us their Folding Work Knife / Sharpener combo pack and we've been toting it around for over a month now and we've come to our verdict.

And that verdict is....

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Actually, before we start, we want to make clear that we're not 'knife people.' We use knives in a utilitarian fashion and we prefer small, slight models to the big buck-hunting Ted Nugent models. We have a friend who carries around a massive knife with an elk antler handle and mega 9" blade, and that's simply not our style. We want little and light, something that's not going to get in the way of us reaching for our wallet. And that's exactly why we like the Snap-On so much.

This knife is light to the point where you wonder if it's even there or not. It's what happens to a knife when it gets stripped of all non-essentials and the pieces that remain are miniaturized. This knife consists of only two sides, a blade, and a belt clip. The back side also has a spot where you can clip it to something.

snap_on_knife.JPGIt's got an easy one-handed open and close and there is so little that actually makes up the knife that it's extremely durable (how can't it be with only three pieces). There's no handle to break, because there's really not much of a handle.

So we really like the thing. Because of its non-existent weight, the knife is perfect for camping, hunting, or just plain having around. It takes up very little pocket real estate.

The blade itself is small and to be honest, we don't really care how well-made it is because the combo pack includes a pretty nice sharpener.

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The sharpener is also a basic affair. It looks like a pen with two carbide blades instead of a pocket clip. To use it, just pull the knife between the blades (the sharpener has little no-slip feet). We tested it out on an old kitchen knife and it turned a nearly dead blade into something that could shave a tomato. The sharpener seemed to be taking a lot of material with it (which might be because the blade was so dull), so we'll likely hold off before using it on any heirloom cutlery, but for a portable on-the-fly workshop/toolbag sharpener, we couldn't ask for much more.

The knife and sharpener are sold separately or as a combo pack. At Amazon, the two together cost about $25 and on their own the knife is $14 and the sharpener is $9, so oddly enough, it's cost effective to get them independently.

Combo pack at Amazon.com
Knife at Amazon.com
Sharpener at Amazon.com

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 5, 2010 1:10 PM

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