X-ACTO Z Series #1 Knife with Cap (XZ3601)
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7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
One of the Best X-Acto Knives Nov 21, 2011
By I. Tysoe
The classic X-acto knife has been used for years and is pretty much the standard for light craft and modeling applications. It has been so successful that there are plenty of cheap reproductions of varying quality. I used one such recently and was disappointed with it because the part that held the blade was made of plastic and quickly broke.
This time I have the latest X-acto knife which stands out from the rest with its gold grip. It's only when you unpack it that you notice something different. The gold cutting edge of the blade which is made of a new alloy that is probably similar to the quality blades I see on gardening pruners and other tools these days. It's certainly sharp and cuts very well though I haven't used it enough to vouch for the claimed longevity.
One nice thing is the clear plastic protective cap. It really does grip the knife firmly but can be easily removed by squeezing in the right place. I can safely put it amongst my pens and pencils blade up without any risk of stabbing myself when reaching into the pot. And it has two little nubs that prevent it rolling on my desk when laid down flat.
All told, this is one of the best X-acto knives I have used in quite some time.
9 of 10 found the following review helpful:
The best xacto knife to this day. Oct 25, 2011
As a designer who deals with a lot of print based production, I go through a TON of xacto knives. #11 blades are your best friend as a designer.
On the regular #11 blades, I'd use them for a while before they'd go dull, and they lasted for a few days each. Usually it would all go downhill after the very tip of the blade would break off. $3-4 per pack of blades really add up over time if you calculate the costs.
I read online xacto themselves were giving out free Z series blades for anyone to try, and I got my hands on one a few days ago. I've been using it now, cutting 80lb cover stock, and 30lb text weight paper, and so far the tip hasnt broken off yet, while the old #11 blades would have by now with the same amount of usage.
The nice gold accents from the blade and knife themselves are nice. I had a few people ask me "Where did you get that cool gold xacto knife?"
My only complaint is the fact that the handle is still the same old xacto handle that's been in use for YEARS. The only thing they changed was adding the gold accent to the handle. I also have a more modern handle which is coated with rubber and more ergonomic, much more comfortable and easy to use when cutting. After using my new Z series knife and handle for a few days, I've finally decided that I'd just toss the blade itself onto my ergonomic xacto handle for a better grip and feel.
In the end, it's a xacto knife, we've had them for years. They've improved upon the design and quality of metal to make it better, so from now on I'll be using the Z series blades when I cut things by hand and design.
I highly recommend these blades to anyone who's a designer, student, or just into crafts and uses an xacto knife frequently.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
The best blades for paper modeling! Dec 06, 2011
By J. Grant
The quality and consistency of these blades is outstanding. I use these blades to cut thick paper and love how sharp and durable they are. As a bonus, I am happy to buy a blade that is made in the USA.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Extremely sharp, typical X-Acto quality Aug 28, 2012
I've used lots of X-Acto knives and this one is one of the best. I use it for woodworking and painting projects. One note of caution: When cutting something hard (like drywall) the blade seems to get loose and can fall out. Yeah, I know, it's not a drywall knife. In any event, a good knife at a good price.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Sharp and efficient Nov 12, 2011
By Mom to 2 boys
This little x-acto knife is great. It is light and easy to use and has a cap for safety. I used it to open that ridiculously difficult packaging that items so often comes in and it worked like a charm. No more struggling with the scissors.
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