We already posted a video preview of Dewalt’s folding retractable utility knife, but figured now’s a good time for a hands-on review.
Features, Functions, and Feel
What separates this knife from the rest of the pack is its retractable blade and folding geometry. There are retractable knives, and folding knives, but this seems to be the first that combines both features.
The blade can be locked in 4 cutting depth positions, and there’s a very positive *click* when the blade snaps into place. The liner lock is strong, offering sufficient rigidity when the knife is open, while still being easily disengaged. With the blade retracted and knife folded open, a small notch can be used to cut through small wires or cord. Tool-free blade change is quick and easy, and up to 3 spare blades can be stored in the knife’s handle beneath a rubberized door.
Overall, the knife has a great feeling to it. Subtle grooves and features first appeared to be decorative until my fingers came across them. The grip is comfortable, and the ergonomic accents (for lack of a better description) made it easier and more comfortable to open, close, and use the knife.
- tool-free blade-change
- room for 3 spare blades
- extremely comfortable to hold and use
- deployment is slower than with a retractable or folding knife
- one-handed opening is slightly awkward
Dewalt’s new retractable folding knife is very robust and comfortable to use. I like it, a LOT. The knife offers the best of two worlds – a retractable adjustable-length blade and a folding handle. I can find no fault in the knife’s construction. But, inherent to the knife’s design and to keep things compact and tidy, you cannot close the knife with the blade still extended.
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Here’s our brief video overview in case you hadn’t seen it yet: