Milwaukee Fastback Flip Open Utility Knife

I have carried and use this tool everyday for over three years. I work in Solid Waste and facilities maintenance. Lots of hard use.

It is a knife that I can replace the blades on (therefore always super sharp), it can be flipped open with one hand (required), it has heft and that solid feel that makes an impression, I reach for it often because I count on it.

It has a bag/belt cutter built in to the CLOSED knife handle (very handy for cutting shrink wrapped palletized shipments and a large wire bale pocket clip.

I like the cost, and the feel (compared to flimsy plastic cased knives or knives that require a screw driver to change the blade on).

A good value that would not break the bank if I lost it or damaged it.

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-- Patrick Ward  

Milwaukee Fastback Flip Open Utility Knife
$17

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Victorinox Swiss Army Manager Pocket Knife

The Manager Swiss Army Knife has been in my pocket for nearly 2 years. This compact tool has all the useful stuff you expect from the line of Swiss Army knives: blade, scissors, tweezers, file, bottle opener, and separate flat-head & Phillips-head screwdrivers.

What makes it a must-have is the retractable ballpoint pen. It’s smooth writing and hasn’t dried out on me in the past 2 years. I’ve taken meeting notes, written checks, and signed receipts. Just extend the combination Philips-head / bottle opener tool for a more comfortable grip during extended composition sessions.

The Manager comes to the rescue time after time for occasional writing needs and tiny DIY tasks because it’s always in your pocket. (I just changed the batteries in a Nerf gun with the Phillips-head screwdriver.) It’s more comfortable to carry in the pocket than a normal pen and more useful, too.

-- Sean Singh  

[Victorinox also offers a Midnite Manager model that comes with a built-in LED flashlight in addition to a pen. -- Mark Frauenfelder ]

Victorinox Swiss Army Manager Pocket Knife
$23

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