Rated 4 out of
Nice compact trimming knife
Handles like a normal Stanley knife with the added bonus of being able to fold up into a more compact space.
The folding action makes the tool a little safer with the blade slot covered and has to be positively released. Opening the knife is shown on the display card as being done with the thumb - note this is for right-handed use as the grip is handed. Doesn't affect use once open. Yet again, discrimination(!)
The whole handle locks in the open position securely and the sliding mechanism to retract the blade has a good positive action.
Hardest part of using the knife was getting it off the plastic card it came on (tip: you just have to rip it off. The plastic card gores right round the blade aperture).
There is storage for three blades in the handle (three are supplied).
Quite expensive for what it is in comparison with the classic 99E. The string cutter is a pretty useless feature: after all it's a knife. The belt clip is seriously strong and hard to engage on a belt.
Don't know whether the Irwin XP folding knife is any better.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of
Had the DeWalt one previously which was exactly the same design wise but it sadly got swiped.. perfect size and a bonus that you can fold it up neatly
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of
This fatmax is not to fat to get a good grip on the only problem I can see is it's awkward to fold closed
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of
Nice, but flawed design
I bought this after reading reviews, and seeing that 'not likely to cut yourself', etc, etc.
Well, I almost did myself an injury, just getting it out of the packaging - you need a knife like this, just to remove it first!
Once you've sussed out the need to press the little red button to load blades, they go in nicely, but mine still seems to leave about 1-2mm of blade sticking out, even when it should be hidden - I know the knife folds, and this shouldn't be an issue, but for me, a knife of this quality should retract fully, for safety reasons, whether folding it or not.
Otherwise, it's a great knife. Mine goes pretty much everywhere with me, and I use it virtually every day.
So, great knife, nice quality, but design could be better. Then, it would be almost perfect.
Date published: 2016-12-06