Which Way Do You Lean?


In my last post I talked about the book 'Making Things Right' and in that book the author described an all too often conversation between him and a group of fellow tradespeople. They were at a bar after a week of hard work and were discussing (with vigor) which was better: an Olfa snap-blade knife or a Stanley-style utility knife. I had a chuckle when I read this because I have to say, craftspeople often have these kinds of conversations. In some cases they go way off the deep-end, arguing about what effectively amounts to how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin - I believe they are referred to as forum threads.

All that being said, I feel like I need to weigh in on this. I'm a big fan of the Stanley-type of utility  knife. The blades seem to be more stout than the snap-blades so there is less flex to them. This same stoutness also lends them to a few honings before I have to flip them around. Once dull on both sides I've also been known to use them as small card scrapers but that usage is admittedly a bit weak.

So I may regret this but - which do you prefer and why? There is room in this world for the two most common styles of utility knife but I'm interested which way you lean. Are you an Olfa-type user or do you do things right and use a Stanley-type? ;-)

To understand, you must do. - V

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