The 10 Best Utility Knives

Updated March 20, 2017 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 27 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Whether you're breaking down cardboard boxes, cutting drywall, or just need a blade for everyday tasks around the house, a utility knife will make your life much easier. Also sometimes referred to as box cutters, these folding or retractable razors are compact and easy to carry around, and are essential for opening those pesky blister packs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best utility knife on Amazon.

10. Stanley FatMax 10-486

The Stanley FatMax 10-486 has a straightforward push-button release mechanism, so it's easy to use when you're in a hurry. It's made from stainless steel, so it's extremely durable as well as rust resistant. The slide can stick, however, which could lead to safety issues.
  • built-in blade breaker
  • solid grip allows for good pressure
  • heavy for everyday use
Brand Stanley
Model 10-486
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Snap-On 870522

The Snap-On 870522 is made from lightweight aluminum that won't bend or snap, regardless of what you're working on. It's not going to accidentally open, and locks in both the open and closed positions. The screws come loose easily, however, so expect to tighten them often.
  • good value for the price
  • protected by lifetime warranty
  • no clip to hang on belt or pocket
Brand Snap-on Official Licens
Model 870522
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Tajima VR101

If you occasionally need to cut through some heavy-duty material, then the Tajima VR101 is tough enough to get the job done. The finish is also extremely durable, and won't rust or chip easily. The blade retracts automatically if you don't keep holding it forward, however.
  • good for drywall and cement board
  • blades are sharp and won't bend
  • bump under blade gets in the way
Brand Tajima
Model VR101
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Slice 10400

The Slice 10400 was built with safety in mind, as it easily allows for self-guided, controlled cuts. It's too big to fit in your jeans, but that's by design, as it's easy to slice yourself open with a knife in your pocket. It will hang nicely on the wall, however.
  • uses long-lasting ceramic blades
  • handle limits exposure to razor
  • not ideal for anything besides boxes
Brand Slice
Model 10400
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

6. Bessey D-BKWH

The Bessey D-BKWH folds like a regular pocketknife, instead of sliding like a box cutter. This, combined with the wood grain handle, gives it an old-timey feel that traditionalists will love. However, don't get too used to those looks, as it scratches easily.
  • nice heft for quick carving
  • blade isn't loose or wobbly
  • bit stiff to open
Brand Bessey
Model D-BKWH
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Kobalt Quick Change

The Kobalt Quick Change is made from aviation-grade aluminum, so it's durable enough to live in your toolbox for years. It folds and locks smoothly, so you'll have no trouble getting it to work when you need it. The knife sticks out a little more than we'd like, however.
  • small and light for easy carrying
  • great budget option
  • blade can fall out if it snags
Brand Kobalt Quick Change
Model pending
Weight 4.2 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

4. Lenox SSRK1

The Lenox SSRK1 has an ergonomic grip that feels good in your hand, as well as fitting easily in a toolbox or pocket. The titanium-coated nose won't spread when working, and the knife is secure and won't wobble. The blades it comes with will cut just about anything.
  • internal razor storage
  • quick and easy blade release
  • rubber grip to prevent slippage
Brand Lenox
Model 20353SSRK1
Weight 6.6 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Greenlee 0652-22

The Greenlee 0652-22 is a very heavy stainless steel knife, making it great for doing some serious cutting. The size is also indicative of its sturdiness, as it can handle constant use - and dropping - without breaking. This is a tool that you only have to buy once.
  • comes with 10 spare blades
  • blade protector folds inside
  • easy-to-use locking mechanism
Brand Greenlee
Model 0652-22
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Pink Box PB1UKN

If you have trouble keeping track of tools, then you'll find that the Pink Box PB1UKN is hard to lose. The bright pink handle is contoured to prevent slipping, and fits well in hands of any size. You don't need a screwdriver to change blades, which is very convenient.
  • twine cutter makes slicing rope easy
  • ships with an extra blade
  • slider won't jam
Brand The Original Pink Box
Model PB1UKN
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Milwaukee FastBack II

The Milwaukee FastBack II can easily be opened one-handed, making it ideal for quick cuts. There's also a stripper that works on up to 12-gauge wire, which is very convenient for speeding through electrical jobs. The belt clip will ensure that it's there when you need it.
  • blade can be resharpened
  • safe and ergonomic handle
  • magnetic spare blade holder
Brand Milwaukee
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on March 20, 2017 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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