When you think of X-Acto, or X-Acto-style precision knives, you probably visualize their iconic knives with their thin aluminum handles and knurled blade lock and grip. While these knives are very useful, you might not find them very comfortable to wield for long periods of time. Cramped hands rejoice – X-Acto does have more ergonomic knives available at very reasonable prices.
For anyone not following the exciting world of hobby knives, a few years ago X-Acto released several new knives. The two more ergonomic ones are the Curve and the X3000.
The Curve features a rubberized and contoured handle that’s meant to be held like a pencil, and it’s available in red and blue. Unlike X-Acto’s more familiar knife designs, the blade release on the Curve is located at the rear of the knife. X-Acto claims this is for safety, but it looks like the end of the handle was the only place to put it where it won’t interfere with the grip.
X-Acto’s Curve ships with a standard #11 blade and safety cap. The only store I could find selling it for a decent price was Amazon. There you’ll find it for $8 with free shipping for Prime members or orders over $35.
X-Acto makes another ergonomic precision knife, the X-3000, which has a textured and no-slip grip that they say is more comfortable to use (presumably compared to their standard knife.) They also claim the handle won’t roll and will stay in place when you put it down. This model also features a safety cap.
The X-3000 is available in black, cranberry, and royal blue.
Unscrew the back of the knife and you’ll find storage for five #11 blades, although the knife only ships with 3 blades. Again, find it at Amazon for $5 with “add-on” conditional free shipping. Other colors available for ~$8.50 with free Prime or $35+ shipping.
As I’ve gotten older, my hands just aren’t as nimble as they once were (I’m not that old either) and I’ve really started to appreciate tools and knives with more ergonomic handles. I just recently pulled out my X-Acto knife set and thought there had to be a more comfortable knife.
I did some searching and found there were indeed more comfortable knives made by other companies, but I’ve been burned by flimsy X-Acto knock-offs before. I was pleasantly surprised that X-Acto had several ergonomic models of knives to choose from.