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Stanley Has Enough Utility Knives to Satisfy Any Pro

Stanley might make more utility knives than any company in existence…although several others seem to be vying for the crown. Their continued work in utility knife development continues to bear fruit as they released three more models. These tools provide the perfect solution for working with anything from drywall and shingles to flooring and packaging.

Editor’s Note: Check out our best utility knife article for our top picks in this category.

Best Stanley Utility Knife with Blade Storage

Stanley STHT10479

For folks who use a utility knife frequently, Stanley has a retractable model with enough storage to keep 10 new blades onboard. A push of a recessed button in the handle easily unlocks the storage compartment.

Stanley 10-Blade Utility Knife

The 10-Blade Storage model features a slip-resistant, bi-material handle and a curved design that helps out with challenging cuts.

Blade changes are even simpler on this model: simply press the button on the nose and pull the old blade out.

You can pick up the STHT10479 Retractable Knife with 10-blade storage for $13.97.

Best Stanley Folding Utility Knife

Stanley Compact Fixed Blade Folding Utility Knife

The standout feature of the compact folding utility knife ought to be pretty apparent: it folds. Where the other two utility knives take the more traditional and orthodox approach to utility knife design, this model folds up to a compact 4 inches.

Stanley Compact Folding Utility Knives

It operates very similarly to your standard pocket knife. The Stanley Compact Folding Knife has a ridge you can press on with your thumb to unfold the knife, at which point it locks into an open position. To close it, press against the liner lock and fold it back over.

Blade changes are also simple. You can press the small button up at the nose of the knife and pull out the old blade.

You can purchase the STHT10424 Stanley Compact Fixed Blade Folding Knife for $6.78.

Best Stanley Fixed-Blade Utility Knife

Stanley 10-299

You can’t get much simpler than this Stanley fixed-blade utility knife. Perfect for those working on carpeting, this knife costs less than $6 the last time we checked.

Best Stanley Fixed-Blade Utility Knife

This knife features the expected interlocking nose which gives you a solid “grip” on the blade. You also get in-handle spare blade storage. The steel handle withstands any job site abuse and should last a good long time.

You can purchase the 10-299 Stanley Fixed-Blade Knife for $5.97.

Best Stanley Self-Retracting Utility Knife

Stanley 10-189C

For anyone working under OSHA rules, you may need an automatically retracting utility knife like the Stanley 10-189C. We like the steel shell and the simplicity of this knife and how it makes it incredibly safe to use.

Stanley 10-189C self-retracting

Lod this knife up with some rounded-edge utility blades (it stores several internally) and you should be good to go.

You can purchase the 10-189C Stanley Self-Retracting Knife for $8.47.

Best Stanley Snap-Off Utility Knife

Stanley Fatmax 25mm 10-486

The 25 mm snap-off knife has a stainless steel barrel which is durable and resistant to rust. Stanley constructed the slider from bi-materials and included a soft grip. An innovative detachable blade snapper lets you remove worn blade segments.

Best Stanley Snap Off Utility Knife 25mm 10-486

You can, amazingly, store up to 5 blades in the “trough” so you never run out of a sharp edge when needed. The dial at the front lets you really lock down the blade so it doesn’t wobble or move as you use it.

You can purchase the Stanley Fatmax 25mm 10-486 snap-off knife for around $16.90.

Most Compact Stanley Utility Knife

Stanley Control Grip Retractable Utility Knife

The line of Stanley utility knives now includes the Control Grip Retractable model. The size and shape of this utility knife seem really optimized for precision. It features a recessed blade slider and a belt clip to keep things as unobtrusive and secure as possible.

Stanley designed the Control Grip utility knife with a two-step blade release process. Basically, to change blades, you’ll pull down the locking switch while pushing the slider all the way forward. This unlocks the blade from its housing.

The STHT10432 Control-Grip Utility Knife retails for $11.97 and ought to be pretty easy to find at your local Home Depot.

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