Kobalt has come out with their new Speed Release utility knife. It looks to me that the knife is very heavily inspired by Milwaukee’s Fastback series of utility knives.
Like the Fastback, the Kobalt Speed Release knife opens fast, with a push of a button and flick or the wrist. It closes easily as well.
A glass-filled nylon handle ensures that you get a strong, durable, and lightweight knife that’s pocket-friendly and comfortable to use. It also features cutting hook zones, for slicing through thin wires and cords.
Kobalt is bundling the new utility knife with 11 blades. Since 1 blade is installed in the knife and the other 10 are packaged in a safety dispenser, it doesn’t look like this utility knife offers in-tool spare blade storage.
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I should point out that you can get a Milwaukee Fastback 2 knife, which offers built-in spare blade storage, for about the same price, and the original Fastback is a couple of bucks cheaper. I also recently posted about a Milwaukee Fastback folding knife and utility knife bundle, which costs $2 more.
Personally, I’d rather buy a cheaper utility knife and separate blades of my preference.
If this knife interests you, perhaps because the color scheme isn’t as loud as Milwaukee’s, or because the handle shape looks to provide for a better grip, you might want to wait until the holidays shopping season kick off, as the pricing might get better. But, for this particular product, it doesn’t look like that will happen.
This knife looks to be heavily inspired by Milwaukee’s Fastback knife, but there are enough differences that I don’t think it’s made by Milwaukee or their parent company at all.