Best Utility Knife - UK Tool Reviews

In this article we review, what we believe to be the best utility knife currently available on the UK marketplace. There are a few good choices, and if you are not sure exactly which one to pick, this article will help you out. People always ask us what is the best utility knife? As you can see below, its the Stanley model that comes out number one.

We have investigated and researched these in quite a bit of depth, and hopefully that will save you the trouble. Based on the information, that we have been able to gather, a large proportion of homes in the UK, have at least 2-3 of these.

When you then think of the number of businesses in the UK, I am sure there are a few million more. They are of course a very useful tool to have, and are used for a whole range of tasks.

Those include cutting up cardboard, cutting string, opening those annoying plastic packages, and are used often in the home, garden or office. Every tradesman I know, will have a few of these rattling about in their tool kits.

Let's have a closer look though, and see which one is actually the best.

Circular saw blades are specially designed for each particular material they are intended to cut and in cutting wood are specifically designed for making rip-cuts, cross-cuts, or a combination of both
best utility knife

These sell for about £3-20, depending on which brand you decide to go for. You can also buy these in small kits as well.

Top 5 Utility Knives

Just below you will find a table, where we have placed our choices of knives in order. The order we have used is simply the order of what we believe will be good choices for most buyers.

We have also included average UK prices, but be aware that these are always subject to change. Always check on the exact date and time when you are making any purchase. The ratings are ours, and we update these on a regular weekly basis.

If you click on the product name, you will be taken to Amazon UK, where you can read other buyer reviews. In this table we have included our ranking, the product name, an average UK price, our rating and our grade. The Rating is out of 100%

Rank

Name

Rating

Price

Grade

1

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V

92%

£3.50

A+

2

DeWalt 18V 165mm XR Lithium-Ion Body Only Circular Saw

97%

£17.50

A+

3

Evolution RAGE1-B Multi-Purpose Circular Saw, 185 mm (230V)

90%

£10.00

A

4

BLACK+DECKER CD602 Circular Saw

96%

£12.92

A+

5

VonHaus 1200W 185mm Multi-Purpose Circular Saw 240V Bevel Angle Joint Cuts

88%

£12.85

B

These are our top 5 picks. We have based these on what we believe to be the best value for money. At the end of the day, the one you pick will come down to your available budget, and how much use it is going to get.

Utility Knife Summary Reviews

Underneath, we have completed short and concise reviews, on these top 5 products. That way you can see at a glance, which one is the best choice for you.

No 1 Choice -Stanley Sm9 Snap Off Blade Knives

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
no 1 rated utility knife
  • You get 3 knives as shown above, and the blade width is 9 mm
  • The blade slides up and down by a small side button
  • When the blade goes blunt, you snap it off, and underneath you have a new blade to work with.

This is just a handy small and cheap set to have around the home. They are designed to be disposable so you can not buy replacement blades. They are a bit flimsy but as long as you use them for light work, you will have no trouble with these.

These are useless for any type of heavy work, so please don't expect miracles from a plastic knife with snap off blades. They are really useful for those small jobs whenever you need a sharp blade.

No 2 Choice -Bessey BESDBKPHManufacturer Displays Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
no 2 rated utility knife
  • In our opinion this will be the best utility knife you will ever own
  • German made, heavyweight, great grip and balance
  • Spare blades in the handle when you need them

This is one tough knife with all the right features. The blade folds away, comes with 5 spare blades and can also clip on to your belt.

Super simple to change a blade safely. There is also a nice little thumb grip on top, when you need to apply some extra pressure such as when you are trimming or cutting carpet as an example.

No 3 Choice -Rolson 62854 Folding Utility Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
no 3 rated utility knife
  • A popular choice for many UK buyers
  • Aluminium handle with a stainless steel head
  • Very fast to change the blade, and comes with a belt clip

This is a good quality blade and it is at a price that should not put people off. The only real downside is that this only comes with one blade.

The handle is made from aluminium but it has been coated in a resin of some sort. That helps with a comfortable grip, and doesn't freeze your hands off on a cold day, unlike the metal forms of these knives.

The knife opens by pressing a button, and stays locked open without any wobble. To close it you press the same button and fold the blade back in.

You can fit any standard utility blade to this model.

No 4 Choice - Irwin 1888437 FK100 Folding Utility Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
Irwin 1888437 FK100 Folding Utility Knife
  • This is the knife that most people in the trade will use or for those working in jobs where a knife like this is regularly used
  • If you can find this knife for under £10, then go ahead and buy it. the only reason it is at number 4 on our list, is that the price is just a bit high
  • Irwin make a very high range of quality tools but is maybe not that familiar in the UK, but what an excellent brand

The king of utility knives as far as many people in the trade are concerned. It has a very safe blade locking system, a liner lock for full one handed operation, full metal body, and a wire stripper as well.

No 5 Choice - C.K T0954 Folding Utility Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
no 5 rated utility knife
  • Buyers like this one as it works well but also has a really nice look and style to it
  • Buyers say it is strong. light in weight and very comfortable to use
  • Single handed operation and fast blade change

This is a proper looking utility knife and overall buyers rate this one highly enough. It is however at the higher end of the price point for a utility knife

This one does fold up nicely when not in use.

So there you have our round up of some of the best utility knives on the UK market.

Stay Safe

One of the most important things with anything with a sharp blade involved is of course to stay safe. It is vitally important to keep these away from smaller children, as they could do untold damage with one of these in their hands.

Make sure it is in a tool box, or locked away in a cabinet or drawer. When carrying out your work, it is very easy to get carried away on the task, and forget that it is sitting around.

Most of the knives on our list are designed with that safety in mind. They will fold away or retract to keep the blade hidden and locked.

Sharpening a Utility Knife

It is honestly not worth the bother trying to sharpen blades. You can normally buy replacement blades for these in any DIY store or online. We would recommend getting a few packets when they are available, and keeping the somewhere safe.

Don't leave them anywhere here is moisture as they will rust at the blade edge, and then they become useless.

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Enda McLarnon
 

I enjoy writing about tools and gadgets of all kinds. As an electrician and with many years working in the building industry, I have used my fair share of all the leading tool brands. On this website I share my experiences of these along with my colleague Geoff.

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