Dewalt is launching – or relaunching – new carbide-edged utility knife blades (DWHT11131) that claim to stay sharper 5 times longer than competitive blades. Dewalt also says that they are the longest lasting blade on the jobsite.
We’ve seen something like this before.
About 3 years ago, Stanley came out with new carbide-edged utility knife blades of their own. User reviews have been lukewarm, with some complaining about the blades’ longevity and edge retention. I misplaced my one test sample a long time ago, and so I hadn’t tested out Stanley’s claims about blade sharpness and durability.
Maybe these are the same blades, but with Dewalt branding to better entice tradesmen and pros. Stanley is a long-respected name when it comes to utility knives, and pretty good when it comes to blades, but maybe the Dewalt brand is thought to be stronger with retail and consumer buyers.
Or maybe Dewalt and Stanley engineers wrinkled out production issues and wanted to rebrand the blades to help them stand out as new products.
Either way, these blades claim to be longest-lasting utility knife blades on the market. They feature a tungsten carbide cutting edge and flexible steel backing, and can be used with any utility knife that accepts standard-sized 2-notch blades.
Price: ~$5 for 5 (DWHT11131), or ~$20 for 50 (DWHT11131L).
It seems to me that these are the same blades in different packaging, and if so, there’s nothing wrong with that. If they’re rebranded, it means greater retail availability through Dewalt sales channels, including Home Depot. If they’re rebranded and improved, then maybe Stanley/Dewalt ironed out the quality wrinkles that some users complained about.
At $5 for a 5-pack, I might buy a pack if I see these blades in stores. That was my plan for the Stanley carbide blades as well, but after a while I gave up looking.