I’ve always been able to appreciate a nice, sturdy, sharp razor knife when it comes to doing projects around the house, but I recently I tried one that topped all others. I had some picture framing to do, but having just moved, I couldn’t find my utility knife. Luckily, I happen to work for a company that sells them, so I put in an order for the Klein-Kurve® razor knife. I hadn’t actually used one before, but judging from its curved design and rubber grips, I thought it looked very comfortable to use.
Suffice it to say, when I got my new Klein-Kurve® home and laid into some heavyweight mat board, I was extremely impressed. If you’ve ever cut any very thick paper-based material with a razor knife, you’ve probably found that it’s very easy for the blade to waver mid-cut if you don’t have an absolute death grip on the knife, and that the top layer of paper can catch the blade and bunch up if the knife isn’t sharp enough. Well, neither of these was an issue with the Klein-Kurve®. Thanks to that curved shape and the grips I mentioned before, it’s much easier to get a good hold on the Klein-Kurve®, as opposed to standard, straight-bodied, smooth metal utility knives. And the blades are very sharp, and keep their edge for quite some time… I thought that maybe it was only working that well because it was brand new, but it’s still cutting great, and I haven’t even changed the blade yet.
As you can see from the photo, the Klein-Kurve® utility knife also comes with a great little bonus – a plastic holster that lets you clip the Klein-Kurve® right onto your belt.
I don’t know if it’s actually possible to wax poetic about a cable cutter (or any other hand tool, for that matter), but today I’m going to try. When I came into work this morning, the first thing I tackled was prep work for some sample kits, which involved cutting about 100 pieces of 4-pair Cat5e cable. While Cat5e cable may not look like much to cut, it can be nearly impossible if you attempt it with the wrong tool (which I happened to do yesterday afternoon). After a few tries, I gave up, and put in an order for the Klein-Kurve Multi-Cable Cutter by Klein Tools. It was waiting for me when I arrived this morning, and completely amazed me with the way it sliced right through the cable, we seemingly zero effort on my part. Whoever started that whole “like buttah” quote (Will Ferrell?) probably didn’t have copper cable on the brain, but that phrase definitely describes the way the Klein-Kurve® tore through (in a good way) those pieces of Cat5e.
The great thing about the Klein-Kurve® is that it isn’t limited to Cat cables – 3 blade types are integrated into this cutter, so it can also handle coax, as well as stainless steel wire. It can even shear screws! The low-fatigue design is very comfortable to use – I know, because I made those 100 cable cuts within 10 minutes or so, and didn’t feel a thing. A large part of the comfort factor comes from the Klein-Kurve’s® double-dipped handgrips, which feel delightfully soft and smooth while improving your grip and absorbing any stress that would normally be transferred to your hands.