Crescent has recently come out with the SwitchBlade (CMTS4), a multi-purpose cutter with interchangeable tool heads that’s aimed at DIYers. It can be used to cut cardboard, plastic, vinyl, sheet metal, rope, wires, cables, carpet, shingles, and other types of materials.
The Crescent SwitchBlade set comes with one spring-action compound leverage handle and four tool heads:
- Serrated multi-purpose blade (utility cutter) with built-in bottle opener and wire-bending holes
- Straight metal cutting blade
- Curved cable cutting blade
- “Bonus” standard pliers head
To change tool heads/blades, pull out the two quick-change pins, swap out the blade, and return the pins to their locked positions.
The SwitchBlade set comes with a nylon tool pouch that keeps everything together.
Street Price is $27 for the kit.
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There are two things I find appealing about these new multi-purpose cutters – the speed and ease in which tool heads can be swapped out, and the compound leverage spring-action handle.
To be honest, while I think the new tool looks well designed and engineered, I would much more prefer four separate tools than one of these. This is just not something I would be inclined to buy for personal use. But, truth be told, the SwitchBlade wasn’t designed for users like me, it was designed for DIYers and homeowners who will probably keep it in their kitchen catch-all drawers for occasional projects or general purpose use. For those types of users, I think the SwitchBlade might be a decent product.