Milwaukee has come out with a new safety cutter, 48-22-1916. They call it a safety cutter, I call it a package opener cutter thingie.
It’s got 2 recessed blades, which can be useful for cutting through cardboard, corrugated cardboard, tape, plastic, and shrink wrap. It can probably also be used on plastic straps, cord-reinforced tape, and other common packaging materials.
According to some product application images, the plastic edges on the front of the tool can also be used to pierce through packaging tape.
The recessed blades are described as being a singular blade, but it doesn’t look like the Safety Cutter blade is user-replaceable. On the other hand, a replaceable blade mechanism would likely drive the cost up.
The handle is made from durable nylon, and Milwaukee says it’s last 5 times longer than similar cutters already on the market.
Ooh, there’s also a lanyard hole.
Milwaukee is positioning the Safety Cutter as a quick and easy substitute for utility or pocket knives, which you might need for a knife-free jobsite.
ETA: October 2016
We previously wrote about safety utility knives, and also Stanley’s newish safety knife with slide-out shrink wrap cutter.
At $3 each, I’ll likely buy a couple.
This isn’t the first package opener of its kind, but it looks like a handy design and the price is right.
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