Utility Knives

What Is a Utility Knife?

Utility knives are hand tools that cut corrugated packaging, plastic, and other materials. Commonly used for both household and industrial applications, the best utility knives feature safety measures—such as patent-pending finger-friendly® Slice® blades—to prevent lacerations. Lacerations are a major cause of injuries in the workplace and elsewhere, but they’re largely preventable.

Some utility knives allow you to choose different fixed-length blade positions to match the depth of the material you're cutting, while others have auto-retracting blades, which prevent accidents when the tool is not in use. Still others fold to protect the blade.

Most Slice utility knives offer both manual- and auto-retraction models. Our 10562 Folding Utility Knife folds to protect the blade. We also offer the innovative 10558 Smart-Retracting Utility Knife: the blade retracts as soon as it loses contact with the material you’re cutting. All Slice manual tools feature multiple blade position settings, and Slice auto-retraction models include well-established blade-retraction technology.