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Old 02-04-2011, 11:48 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm a junior level design student at Appalachian State University, we are currently working on designing trade specific folding lock back knives and i really would appreciate your insights on what the professional tradesman needs. Below I've posted a small questionnaire please answer as honestly as possible:

1)What do you specialize in? (i.e. rough-framing, finish carpentry etc.) List as many as apply.

2)How long have you been in your trade?

3)How much cross over do you have between trades?

4)What kind of utility knife do you use the most?

5)What do like most and least about you current utility knife?

6)What do you look for most in a utility knife?

7)How important is price when purchasing utility knife?

8)What type of utility knife do you prefer the most? (Fixed blade, retractable, or folding, etc) Why?

9)How many utility knives do you own?

10)How often do you purchase utility knives?

11)Rate how essential the utility knife is in your trade? 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10

12)What other similar tools do you use?

13)How do you use your utility knife while working in your trade?

14)How often do you use your utility knife outside of your trade?

Thanks for your time. Your input will hopefully help us design the best utility knife possible!
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:45 AM   #2
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Hello, I'm a junior level design student at Appalachian State University, we are currently working on designing trade specific folding lock back knives and i really would appreciate your insights on what the professional tradesman needs. Below I've posted a small questionnaire please answer as honestly as possible:

1)What do you specialize in? (i.e. rough-framing, finish carpentry etc.) List as many as apply.

2)How long have you been in your trade? Tajima

3)How much cross over do you have between trades? Tajima

4)What kind of utility knife do you use the most? Tajima

5)What do like most and least about you current utility knife? Tajima

6)What do you look for most in a utility knife? Tajima

7)How important is price when purchasing utility knife? Tajima

8)What type of utility knife do you prefer the most? (Fixed blade, retractable, or folding, etc) Why? Tajima

9)How many utility knives do you own? Tajima

10)How often do you purchase utility knives? Tajima

11)Rate how essential the utility knife is in your trade? 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10

12)What other similar tools do you use? Tajima

13)How do you use your utility knife while working in your trade? Tajima

14)How often do you use your utility knife outside of your trade? Tajima

Thanks for your time. Your input will hopefully help us design the best utility knife possible!
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Tajima????? Is that some Hawaiian word?

I use Stanley fixed blade and retractable---I hate the screws to change the blades--However any quick change ones I've tried were lousy.

I also carry a Buck 3 blade folding knife with one square blade---

Most of the folding utility knives are hard on the hand and take two hands to fold--Might as well be fixed if you can't put it in your pocket with one hand----

I do interior remodeling---plenty of drywall and tile.--Mike--
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Don't and wouldn't use a folding lock back knife.
Design a retractable blade quick change knife, where the blade doesn't pull out when applying heavy pressure while cutting and you'll have a winner.
"trade specific" ? So I'd have to buy one knife for cutting drywall and another for cutting ceiling tile ? Not a good idea.
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Obviously the Tajima must be one unique knife. If you don't mind could you fill me in on what makes it a step above the rest and where are you using it most? What model are you using? We really want to explore what makes a utility knife great for the framer. Thanks for your help.
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As a framer, I would like a knife that could shear the necks off of beer bottles....and also cut PSLs and LVLs.

Get to work!
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Best utility knife ever. Simple, smooth, reliable, easy to change, inexpensive. I own about 3 dozen.
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Thanks Mark we'll definitely work on that first request, but cutting seems impractical to say the least.

All kidding of aside would you mind answering those few questions above. Even though they might seem a little ridiculous your response as a framer would really help us out. So if you don't mind and have the time I would really appreciate it. Thanks
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I use this one, it is a quick change, the blade NEVER comes out, its 9 bucks and it's available just about everywhere.
http://www.stanleytools.com/default....+Utility+Knife
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Folding, 1 hand operation, belt clip, quick blade change w/ no tools.
Awesome.

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ps. why would a person own 3 dozen utility knives?

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ps. why would a person own 3 dozen utility knives?
Black Friday. $10 for 5 at Lowes. I may have gone a little overboard. Plus I'm a bit compulsive w/ my knives..............and ice cream scoopers.
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For the 7 years Ive worked in Interior remodeling, cutting everything you can think of- I have bought many many knifes trying to decide which one is the most reliable, most comfortable, and overall best.

I like the lenox the most, stanleys and Irwins come in second and third. Hate the fatmax, any husky(sigh), and any regular straight knives.

They need a nice curve to them, quick blade change, convenient blade storage, and BE CHEAP! I like the Irwin because they were $5 bucks at HD..Here are my 3 favorites.
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1)What do you specialize in? (i.e. rough-framing, finish carpentry etc.) List as many as apply. - icf foundations, framing, siding, trim

2)How long have you been in your trade? 8 yrs

3)How much cross over do you have between trades? when ever its required, via bouncing back and forth between multiple projects

4)What kind of utility knife do you use the most? olfa retractable blade

5)What do like most and least about you current utility knife? the little plastic wheel that tightens the blade breaks to easy

6)What do you look for most in a utility knife? durability

7)How important is price when purchasing utility knife? kind of, its a tool that breaks a little more easily so replaced sometimes as often as a tape

8)What type of utility knife do you prefer the most? (Fixed blade, retractable, or folding, etc) Why? retracable because its a one hand operation

9)How many utility knives do you own? 10 or so...

10)How often do you purchase utility knives? 4 or 5 months maybe, depends on when i misplace one or the one im using breaks

11)Rate how essential the utility knife is in your trade? = 9 meaning high

12)What other similar tools do you use? i carry a folding knife in my pocket

13)How do you use your utility knife while working in your trade? sharpening my pencil, cutting foam, cleaning up coped joints, cutting tyvek. the list goes on

14)How often do you use your utility knife outside of your trade? for any knife cutting task that doesnt involve food prep
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1)What do you specialize in? (i.e. rough-framing, finish carpentry etc.) List as many as apply. Residential home remodeling

2)How long have you been in your trade? Seems like forever

3)How much cross over do you have between trades? A lot

4)What kind of utility knife do you use the most? A bright green stanley

5)What do like most and least about you current utility knife? Cheap, durable, lightweight.

6)What do you look for most in a utility knife? Easy blade change, on-board blade storage, light weight, durable, cheap, ability to open beer bottles and/or double as birth control.

7)How important is price when purchasing utility knife? Very

8)What type of utility knife do you prefer the most? (Fixed blade, retractable, or folding, etc) Why? Retractable or spring loaded....because that is the only one I ever used.

9)How many utility knives do you own? No less than 2, but no more than 4.

10)How often do you purchase utility knives? As need, approximately 1-2 times a year.

11)Rate how essential the utility knife is in your trade? did I hear a niner in there?

12)What other similar tools do you use? jackhammer, cut off saw, coping saw

13)How do you use your utility knife while working in your trade? To cut things

14)How often do you use your utility knife outside of your trade? As needed.

Thanks for your time. you are welcome, PM me for info to send a check to and/or a case of utility knives.

Your input will hopefully help us design the best utility knife possible! Excellent, I am applying for a conditional patent as we speak, please make all royalty checks out to "Cash" for tax purposes.[/quote]
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I like the lenox the most, stanleys and Irwins come in second and third.
Second the Lenox; I haven't bothered with any other make for years. Once in a blue moon the blade will pull out if I bump the slider, but that's not enough of an issue to send me to any other design. Very comfortable.
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Lenox. The one I use every day isn't on their website, so it must be an old model. My guess it's been replaced with the Gold model.

I snagged a dozen of 'em on ebay once for $28. I can usually get 3-5 years out of each, so I'm set for life.
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i haave had a craftsman folding one for years...no problems..one hand operation

plus warrantied for life

i do have a retractable one for shingles or other uses
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Tajima????? Is that some Hawaiian word?--
No silly It's Japanese, a Hawaiian would use a shark tooth on a stick
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Best utility knife ever. Simple, smooth, reliable, easy to change, inexpensive. I own about 3 dozen.
+1 I've had this same knife for a few years now, make it like this except find a way to make the blade stay in when cutting though materials. I especially like the way the blade storage works. It just swings out vs. having to fold the hole knife open. I personally am not a big fan of folding utility knives. Knives like the one pictured are less of a hassle.
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Hello, I'm a junior level design student at Appalachian State University, we are currently working on designing trade specific folding lock back knives and i really would appreciate your insights on what the professional tradesman needs. Below I've posted a small questionnaire please answer as honestly as possible:

1)What do you specialize in? (i.e. rough-framing, finish carpentry etc.) List as many as apply. Plumbing

2)How long have you been in your trade? Since the earth cooled

3)How much cross over do you have between trades? Never unless it involves a chainsaw

4)What kind of utility knife do you use the most? Stanley fixed blade

5)What do like most and least about you current utility knife? I like how the blade is stable. I dislike how easy it is to cut yourself.

6)What do you look for most in a utility knife? solid blade positioning

7)How important is price when purchasing utility knife? Irrelevant

8)What type of utility knife do you prefer the most? (Fixed blade, retractable, or folding, etc) Why? Because it's simple, solid, and very comfortable.

9)How many utility knives do you own? Tons, I have them laying around everywhere because I hate changing blades so I'm always buying them.

10)How often do you purchase utility knives? about twice a month

11)Rate how essential the utility knife is in your trade? 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 9 10

12)What other similar tools do you use? Folding jack knife

13)How do you use your utility knife while working in your trade? Huh?

14)How often do you use your utility knife outside of your trade? I cut a pizza once with my stanley

Thanks for your time. Your input will hopefully help us design the best utility knife possible!
Good luck with your research

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