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Safety knife sheds light on cutting

POSTED: March 12, 2008 5:00 a.m.

I have discovered the best utility knife in the world — at least in my humble opinion. It’s the Rapid Edge with the Saf-T-Vue light.

It looks like a normal utility knife but it has two cool things going for it. The first thing is that it uses a serrated-edge blade. Independent testing has shown that this type of blade lasts a lot longer and stays sharper than normal blades.

The second thing is that when you push the blade out, a small LED light comes on below the knife. This allows you to better see what you’re cutting.

The other nice thing about this is that the light doesn’t turn off unless the blade is completely retracted. (A lot of people cut themselves each year because they thought their utility knife blade was fully retracted and it wasn’t). You can find this product at www.rapidtools.net. The company, Rapid Tools, also sells the serrated blades separately. You can find the blades locally under the Kobalt name.



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Tim Thompson lives in Gainesville. E-mail Tim your ideas for tips, tools or tricks.



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