We checked out some multi-tool blades from Imperial Blades some time ago and found them to be pretty decent products for the money. What we especially liked (aside from their tendency to cut really, really well) was the fact that they had to foresight to create a universal arbor system that fits the Fein MultiMaster, Craftsman’s Nextec Multi-Tool, Dremel’s Multi Max, the Chicago Electric Multi-Function Tool, Bosch’s PS50 Multi-X, Milwaukee’s Multi-Tool, the Ridgid JobMax, MasterCraft’s Multi Tool, and even Skil’s Oscillating Multi Tool. We can’t even say all those products without taking a breath! Now, the company has announced a new reciprocating saw blade line. The line includes the new Metalhead and Twin Cut series of blades and opens up the company to a whole new market.
And you know what? After making some kick-butt oscillating multi-tool blades, I think they’ve earned some street cred on the reciprocating blades even before they ship. We’ll have to grab some in order to test them out against the competition, but the reputation of Imperial Blades is resting on solid ground.
The Metalhead metal reciprocating saw blade, aside from having the coolest name ever for a blade, is unique in that it uses a tooth design that is almost U-shaped. Because of this different shape, the blade cuts in both directions pretty well – or at least it’s purported to by Imperial. The idea is that it will remove a lot more material while maintaining good durability. It does this by reducing the spacing in between the cutting surfaces (so it can take a beating). It’s designed for thicker metal-cutting, something that is an absolute bear on smaller-tooth blades, let alone something designed to take away lots of material per stroke. The blade is a durable bi-metal design and is .042″ thick so it won’t easily kink or bend and should last longer than some cheaper blades we’ve used.
The Twin Cut blade is designed as an all-purpose blade that doesn’t act like it’s not good enough for specialized use. The material used in this blade is, according to Imperial Blades, a “powder metallurgical high-performance steel”. We know it’s not magic, but they are claiming that the blade tooth design, combined with the material delivers a dense and longer lasting cutting edge than your typical bi-metal blade.
The Metalhead reciprocating blades are available in sizes ranging from 6″-8″ and in 5 TPI and 8 TPI configurations. Pricing is from $3.79 – $5.79 per blade. The Twin Cut blades are available in 6″, 9″ and 12″ lengths and 10/14 TPI configurations priced from $3.59 – $5.99 per blade.
For more information, check out www.ImperialBlades.com.