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August 3, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros


Knife Reviews, Cutting & Chisels

Our reviews of cutting tools includes hand saws, folding knives, and chisels as well as other abrasive tools used by carpenters and tradesmen. From cutting drywall to stripping cables and wires, cutting tools remain a key component in working efficiently. Our knife reviews take new folding knives and pocket knives and test them against manufacturer claims. Manufacturers shouldn’t be the only ones telling you about new features. In fact, some features are helpful, while others simply get in the way. Cutting Tools, Chisels, and Knife Reviews for Tradesmen You’re going to hear a lot about types of steel used in various folding knife products and  cutting hand tools. We also typically talk about edge retention and cutting efficiency. For wire stripping there’s also application and capacity concerns, and we test ergonomics. Sometimes, how a tool feels in your hand is just as important as how the materials perform. In the field, we suppose it’s all important to getting the job done quickly.

Toughbuilt Scraper Utility Knife Feature

Toughbuilt Scraper Utility Knife (Retractable)

Toughbuilt Tackles Three Tasks in One Tool Toughbuilt launched a first-of-its-kind retractable utility knife. It pulls triple duty as a utility knife, scraper, and light-duty pry bar. We love to multitask and can appreciate a tool that combines a couple of key uses into one. The Toughbuilt Retractable Scraper Utility Knife looks to have the […]

Crescent Aviation Snips Cutting

Crescent Aviation Snips Expand HVAC Line

Upgraded Crescent Aviation Snips Give HVAC Pros More Options Crescent has upgraded the line of tradesman aviation snips with new handle colors and a black oxide coating. They claim these black oxide-coated compound Crescent aviation snips will deliver over half a million cuts. That’s enough to complete over 700 residential HVAC installs. Crescent Aviation Snips: […]

Irwin ProFlip Folding Utility Knives

Folding Utility Knives Designed for One-Hand Use When you’ve got things to cut, but only have one free hand, well, that’s when the perks of the Irwin ProFlip Utility Knives really make a difference. With Irwin’s ProFlip mechanism, you can quickly open and close these knives with one hand. The Irwin ProFlip line includes both […]

Stanley yellow utility knives

Stanley Expands Line of Utility Knives

Stanley Adds 3 New Utility Knives to Portfolio 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 Stanley Utility Knives provide the perfect solution for working […]

KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears

KNIPEX StepCut Cable Shears

Knipex Design Avoids Cable Crushing Cuts One of the things that can happen when cutting larger cables is you begin to deform or “crimp” the ends with the blades of your cutters. The Knipex StepCut Cable Shears address this when cutting solid, multi-core stranded copper, and aluminum cables up to 1/0 AWG. With its design, […]

Metabo 18V Shear

Metabo 18V Shear SCV 18 LTX BL 1.6

Metabo 18V Shear Takes the Work Out of Metal Cutting In addition to the Metabo 18V nibbler we looked at recently, the company also expanded its cordless line with the 18V Shear (model Metabo SCV 18 LTX BL 1.6). And, like Metabo’s other metal cutting solution, this one benefits from the brand’s 2nd-gen brushless motor […]

Klein High Leverage Cable Cutter

Klein High-Leverage Cable Cutter 63225

Klein Cuts More Cable With Less Force The Klein High-Leverage Cable Cutter (63225) uses cable-gripping shear-type jaws and a high-leverage design to power through aluminum, copper, and communications cable. And, what’s more, the improved knife design on this cable cutter means that you’ll have to apply a little less force than you would with previous […]

Metabo 18V Nibbler

Metabo 18V Cordless Nibbler NIV 18 LTX BL 1.6

Metabo 18V Nibbler Takes the Bite Out of Working With Sheet Metal Metabo tells us that, with the introduction of their 18V cordless nibbler (NIV 18 LTX BL 1.6), the metalworking world will now have access to the best size to power ratio, slimmest grip, and fastest cutting available in its class. Presumably, this is […]

Review9.5(out of 10)
Lansky Standard & Deluxe Knife Sharpening Systems Review

Lansky Knife Sharpening System Standard & Deluxe

Having a dull knife can cause both cutting problems and safety issues. Those issues can be over if you start using a Lansky Knife Sharpening System, which gives a consistent sharp edge every time you use it. With an easy to use multiple angle guide and a series of varied grit honing stones, almost any knife can be sharpened. This system ranks among the best knife sharpening methods that we have used.

GearWrench 40-Piece Tap and Die Sets

Gearwrench 40-Piece Tap and Die Sets

GearWrench Tap and Die Sets Innovate We’ve used a variety of tap and die sets over the years. GearWrench has two 40-piece tap and die sets that look very handy for cutting new threads. The two kits give you the option of cutting threads in either SAE or Metric. Gearwrench makes these kits available in […]