The Canary box openers and cardboard cutters are a great alternative to utility knives and traditional box cutters for opening up boxes and packages.
How many cardboard boxes do you open every week? How many do you break down? Chances are that it’s a lot. You might want to add a Canary to your tool kit.
Canary cutters are available in different styles and sizes.
To start off, there are two blade styles and two lengths.
Shown here, this Canary tool has a non-serrated short blade and blue handle. Canary describes tools that have non-serrated blades like this as package openers.
Most Canary tools have serrated blades and tend to be described as carboard cutters.
They also have long-blade serrated carboard box cutters as shown here with a green handle.
Canary tools don’t usually come with sheaths or caps. I found this orange-handled version that does come with a hard plastic cover.
They also have coated tools, with non-stick surfaces that clean up more easily when cutting through gummy packaging tape.
I have a couple of different Canary tools. In this photo, I have a pink-handled coated short-blade Canary tool.
This is a good size and the one I prefer best. I didn’t opt for the coated blade, that’s just what was available for the lowest price with shipping at the time of purchase.
I have in the past ordered my Canary tools from Amazon Japan, where color and style selection can affect shipping rates, presumably based on availability. But, they’re also now available in the USA via Amazon.com.
The way they work? If you have ever used a key to open a box – it’s like that. The serrations slice through the tape, but without being razor-sharp. That’s why Canary calls these “safety” box openers and cardboard cutters.
Canary openers and cutters are made in Japan. They’re inexpensive and are currently available at $7-9 each, depending on size and style.
I would only suggest considering Amazon Japan as a source for anyone placing a larger order, such as for the new Nepros ratchet.