Shark Utility Knife

June 3, 2009 by
Filed under: Tools and Cases 

shark-utility-knifeWould it be weird for me to say that there’s a utility knife out there that might actually make you feel like a kid again? (Well, it did for me, anyway). Meet the Shark, a (you guessed it) utility knife that really does look exactly like a (you guessed it) shark. At this point, you’re probably wondering why on Earth someone would want a tool that looks like an ocean predator, and who even thought of inventing it in the first place. Well, let me enlighten you. To the first question, the answer is: me. And to the second question: Rapid Tools, because they realized that many people who use razor knives also use wire strippers, so they just decided to combine the two tools into one. The fact that they could make it look like a shark is just an added bonus.

So, now for how it all works. The cutting blade pops out of the knife’s slanted front, just like with any other razor knife (except with this one, the front end is the shark’s “nose”). But here’s where it gets fun. Remember how I mentioned that Rapid Tools managed to integrate a wire stripper into the design? The stripping blades are set into the front bottom of the knife, and look like perfectly scaled shark’s jaws. And you operate them with a little handle that pops out of the back, which also happens to look an awful lot like a dorsal fin.

No utility knife named after a toothy carnivore can get away with anything less than a serrated blade, so that’s exactly what you’ll find in the Shark. While it can still cut perfectly straight like a standard utility blade, the serration of the Shark’s blade lets it cut a much wider variety of materials. All in all, this is a very simple but brilliantly creative tool, and it can save you the time it would take to keep switching tools, and the eliminate the hassle of carrying around several single-function gadgets. And have I mentioned that it’s fun? Just don’t let them catch you humming the Jaws theme on the job.

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