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 for value though the Bessy model is by far the best quality and would be my personal choice. 

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.

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Stanley Knife

Generally speaking utility knives anywhere from £3-20, depending on which brand you decide to go for. You can also buy these in small kits as well. The kits may come with a pouch, hanging loop and spare blades so you will pay a bit more for those.

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.

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%






Stanley SM9 Mpo Snap Off Knife

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




Bessey BESDBKPHManufacturer Displays Knife

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




Fiskars CarbonMax Folding Utility Knife

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




Bosch Professional Universal Folding Knife

BLACK+DECKER CD602 Circular Saw




Draper 24383 Folding Trimming Knife

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



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 Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
Picture of a stanley knife

90% buyer satisfaction from over 500+ customer reviews

  • You get a knive as shown above, and the blade width is 15 mm
  • The blade slides up and down by a small side button and the position can be locked in
  • The blade slides up and down by a small side button and the position can be locked in
  • 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 knife to have around the home. They are designed to be disposable, but once finished you can still 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 not designed 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 BESDBKPH Manufacturer Displays Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
no 2 rated utility knife

96% buyer satisfaction from over 200+ customer reviews

  • In our opinion this will be the best utility knife you will ever own
  • Painted chrome body
  • German made, heavyweight, great grip and balance
  • Spare blades in the handle when you need them
  • Sturdy and buit to last
  • A bit more expensive than the disposable models but well work the extra
  • 86% of all buyers rate this 10 out of 10

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.

It is more expensive but will last you for years.

No 3 Choice - Fiskars CarbonMax Folding Utility Knife

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

96% buyer satisfaction from over 200+ customer reviews

  • A popular choice for many UK buyers
  • This is classed as a professional extra sharp metal cutter knife
  • Metal body for optimal balance and durability
  • It folds and is safe to carry in your pocket and it can be easily attached with a belt clip when you are on the go.

The aluminum cutter uses a very sharp trapezoidal blade that works very well as a cable cutter, cardboard cutter or working knife for linoleum or plasterboard. A real DIY and work knife

It has a perfect ergonomic shape and thanks to its ribbed structure, it sits firmly in your hand, even when your palms get sweaty during work.

The blade locks in the unfolded state, so that you can cut even hard materials easily and safely..

It comes with 10 spare blades in the refill magazine.

No 4 Choice - Bosch Professional Universal Folding Knife

Makita DSS610Z Cordless Li-Ion Circular Saw (Body Only), 18 V
Bosch Professional Universal Folding Knife

96% buyer satisfaction from over 4,000+ customer reviews

  • This is classed as a professional knife with a practical folding mechanism
  • Safe to handle thanks to the secure knife, which can be released using a button, and a rubber handle
  • The blades can be replaced quickly and spare blades can be stored in the housing
  • It will last for years thanks to the die-cast aluminium housing
  • Best seller in the UK

The king of utility knives as far as many people in the trade are concerned. It has a hole in the handle, which enables you to hang this on hooks in tool shed etc. It also has a belt clip for storing on the move.

This knife is comfortable to hold and use. It is handy that it can store several spare blades in the handle.

No 5 Choice - Draper 24383 Folding Trimming Knife

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

86% buyer satisfaction from over 100+ customer reviews

  • 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
  • No tools needed for a fast blade change
  • Handy belt clip for when you are on the go
  • Push button locking system

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.

Our Recommendation

If you have not made your mind up then we would recommend our number one rated knife available at Amazon UK Stanley Sm9 Snap Off Blade Knife.

This model sells under £4 on most online stores.

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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