I’m always offended if I’m doing ordinary things at work, like opening boxes, and somebody hands me a box knife that’s a razor blade clamped into a cheap aluminum handle. I hand the box knife back and pull whatever knife I’m carrying out of my pocket and use that. For any work, even ordinary work, a real knife is better than whatever cheap substitute someone designed to fit Nerf level safety standards.
If you also are the sort who sets aside such things as linoleum knives and tungsten tipped scribes and picks up something with a real blade that actually works, you may enjoy this workaday design from Kershaw. The three inch stainless steel straight edged blade of the Needs Work is exactly the right choice for many of the ordinary jobs we tackle. Add useful features like the comfortable ergonomically designed polymide handle and Ken Onion’s patented Speed Safe one-handed opening and you’ll probably never go back to the linoleum knife that won’t follow a t-square without wandering.
Kershaw makes this knife with the same attention to detail that goes into all its products, obvious here in the careful shaping and grinding of the blade as well as the easy grip textured handle. The pocket clip puts the Needs Work in easy reach, and to make sure it will always be at hand when you need it (even working on the roof) you can even add a lanyard. Some days I wish even my screwdrivers had one.
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