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  1. gazdkw82
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    Can anyone reccomend a good knife to have in my tool box. Iv searched for electricians knife but that brings up a lot of results. I'm aware some blades go blunt really quickly so wondered if there was a particular type that is longer lasting
     
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    I use the knipex electricians knife and sharpen it with an oil stone every couple of weeks. I love it. The only recommendation is to keep the cap safe as once it's lost it's lost. I keep my lid on a string on my pouch and put it back on when the knife goes back. £11 odd at electrafix at the moment


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  3. Andy78
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    Check out the Hultafors GK heavy duty.

    I use them for work and camping. Cheap, sharp, bombproof.
     
  4. Richard Burns
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    I use a folding utility knife mostly, it has stanley knife blades so you just change them when they get blunt.
    I do like the hultafors electricians knife (ELK) but it does get blunt too quickly.
    However the choice of knife does depend on what you need to do with it.
    I do have a ceramic knife (not VDE rated) just in case I might be cutting into a live cable!
     
  5. Brightspark2
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    Knipex here too, good knife.

    I've lost the cap though :-(

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  6. gazdkw82
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    Rpa07 2000 posts - only 46379 behind Telectrix! Electrician's Arms

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    Yes


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  8. sparkdog
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    Plastic bodied Stanley with slightly blunt blade.
     
  9. HandySparks
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  11. amlu
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    a good heavy duty folding or retractable knife with irvin bi-metal blades. they last for much much longer.
     
  12. spinlondon
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    I use a Victorinox Swiss Army knife.
     
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  13. gazdkw82
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  15. Rob
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    Yes, used to have one clipped to my belt for a number of years. I found myself having to sharpen it fairly often, still much prefer using a stanley knife for making off SWA.
     
  16. NDG Elecs
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    I got one recently ish. Used it for the first few weeks but gone back to the Stanley knife know. Can't beat a new Stanley blade when you need one. Won't be buying any kind of electricians knife again personally, though I am sure they have there uses.
     
  17. Pete999
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  18. NDG Elecs
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    Oooh you brute Pete! One thing it does seem to me is sturdy. Your comment has put me off using it again, really don't want a sharp (ish) knife breaking when I am pressing down on it. Sounds like a potential recipe for disaster!
     
  19. Simonslimline
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    I use a wooden handled folding stanley these days. Have to say I really do like the vde knipex ones except blade life is not great.
     
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  22. Pete999
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    Crikey you're cheerful today
     
  23. HandySparks
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    I am.

    Just thought it was a bit odd picking a US tool manufacturer and US vendor when there are so many UK sites to choose from.
     
  24. Adam W
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    I use a retractable Draper knife which was supplied FOC on a job I was working on. It uses standard Stanley type blades so there's no problem getting replacement blades; one thing I will say is there seems to be some variation in quality between manufacturers - some (I assume the cheaper ones) such as DeWalt don't seem to last long, which is fine if they're being supplied but if you're paying for them they can be a false economy.

    If you're doing a lot of site work some sites can be particular about the type of knife you use - some only want you to have an automatically retracting blade.
     
  25. petlac
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    Hi, I have one of the new CK ones, that has a craft knife blade and a penknife blade that both fold into a handle. The penknife blade is of an excellent quality and it keeps it's edge. The craft knife blade is eay to change but does not come out easily either. Brilliant tool.
     
  26. gazdkw82
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    Have you got a link?
     
  27. petlac
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    Sorry, I cannot find the knife on the web, nor on the CK site. I have just thought that this may be a sample that was sent to me just before they are on general sale. I am sure they will be on the shelves soon, so if you can hang on a bit I am sure you won't be disappointed. I will do a bit more research by contacting CK, in the meantime for you.
     
  28. Pete999
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    To be honest I thought I had pasted the whole site, not just one knife
     
  29. petlac
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    I have just found this link to a supplier of the knife. https://www.tool-net.co.uk/p-428115...fjpiiauST2bJL76L5q1N-xeY68mJY9J0W_RoClQzw_wcB hope it works.
     
  30. ruston
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    I have a few knives ,including this one.
    The only problem I have had with it is that the cover screws come loose.
    Both blades lock , and it is a good tool.
    I second the post about using 'Stanley ' replacement blades.
     

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  32. PEG
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    The folding Stanley blade holders are ideal,cheap,and easily loaded. I always have a DMT diamond hone about,so even these "throw-away" blades,can be easily dressed up,and increased use obtained.

    I would not use a knife for SWA,as it nicks the wire coating,just where Mr.corrosion likes to start,preferring a Thomas Betts peripheral cutter. That's just a personal thing...

    I have two Spyderco legal-carry drop leaf pen-knifes,one orange,for work attire,and a black one for other times.

    I have a lovely Buck folder,ATS-34 steel,shimmed bearing,leather belt holster...but it got an issue with "entitlement",as it locks,so it only gets occasional outings.

    I would not be without a knife,if at all possible,which after all the bad press,is merely a "tool".

    Knives are not dangerous. That adjective is reserved for people.

    Nobody calls spoons,dangerous,when folk start to get fat...
     
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    leave our spoon alone. he's a useful member of the forum. :6:
     
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  34. 7029 dave
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    knife.jpg knife2.png Have both these types.
     
  35. shanky887614
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    irvin folding utility knife for me.

    i used a swiss army type knife for some swa etc but being able to swap blades is more convinient. i sharpen mine on a dmt then a waterstone which is overkill for a knife.

    a dmt is a lot better than a waterstone/oil stone as they are diamon lapping plates (steel bars with industrial diamonds on the surface)

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  36. YoungBart
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    I can't believe so many of you use Stanley knives for stripping cables. I was always taught, Both at work and college, that Stanleys are too sharp and make damaging the conductor more likely, I had a thorsman knife for ages, Sharp enough to get through the PVC, But not Copper, Fingers, Plasterboard etc....
    Mind, That could've just bee Hull College's excuse for supplying us with Knives that you could ride bare 'bottom' to London on.
     
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  38. shanky887614
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    your more likely to cut yourself with a dull knife as you slip more often.

    anyway i like to keep a razor edge on my knifes, i can shave with some of mine (ive got straigh razors and the hones to sharpen them)

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  39. Ryan102
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    Milwaukee fastback. Best folding knife I've had.

    as for electricians knife the hultafors ELK, Under £5 in axminister, and clip on snickers work wear if you wear them.
     
  40. High Tower
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    I have a knipex knife for all things i probably shouldn't be doing and stripping outers off pyro, then a stanley fatmax for day to day.
     
  41. Pete999
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  42. hightower
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    I've got one of those CK ones Gaz, quite happy with it for the price. I reach for it before I reach for a Stanley knife when stripping cable etc. Tend to reach for the Stanley knife for dirty jobs like scoring through plaster, and keep the CK for cable stripping. Goes through PVC like a hot knife through butter.
     
  43. gazdkw82
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    yeh iv been using the CK one for a few weeks now. its a nice knife. Very sharp and easy to use
     
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  45. Strima
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    I have a couple of CK knives and never had a problem with them.

    I don't like Stanley blades as they are brittle and when they snap you can get tiny fragments of blade shooting off in all direction, I wouldn't fancy one of those in my eye.

    Regardless of make or type, keep it sharp. Learning to use an oil or whet stone correctly will make sharpening a blade dead easy.
     
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