Snap-off knife: utility knives often used for carpets & boxcutter

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 11, 2022
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An utility knife is a multi-purpose tool that can be used for various tasks such as cutting, scraping, and trimming. It is a versatile tool that can be used for both indoor and outdoor projects.

The most common type of utility knife is the snap-off knife, which features a blade that can be easily snapped off when it becomes dull.

This type of knife is ideal for general purpose use and can be found in most hardware stores.

What is a snap-off knife?

A snap-off knife is a type of utility knife that is designed for easy blade replacement.

The blade of a snap-off knife is held in place by a spring-loaded mechanism, and can be easily removed and replaced as needed.

This makes them ideal for tasks that require frequent blade changes, such as trimming carpet or vinyl flooring.

Snap-off knives are also popular with hobbyists and crafters for tasks such as cutting paper, plastic, or fabric.

Is a boxcutter the same as a snap-off knife?

No, a boxcutter is a specific type of utility knife that is designed for cutting cardboard boxes, although snap-off knives are often referred to as “boxcutters”. Boxcutters typically have a much sharper blade than a snap-off knife, and they don’t necessarily have to have the snap-off system.

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