You’ve heard of X-Acto, right? They’re well known by hobbyists, crafters, artists, and professionals for their pen-sized precision knives. X-Acto knife blades are ultra-sharp, and if you’re not careful you might learn that the hard way.
As much as I prefer genuine X-Acto knives and blades, there’s one gripe I have about them – the lack of a good cap design. Some X-Acto knives are sold with caps, some aren’t.
My X-Acto knife did come with a cap, but I lost it a few years ago. Since then I’ve been jamming the knife into a piece of styrofoam for safe storage and between uses.
One potential way to store X-Acto knives is to insert them into hard plastic tubing that fits snugly around the handle. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while, but haven’t.
Even though my precision knives spend most of their time sitting in a drawer, I am utterly pleased to find that X-Acto is coming out with a desktop knife holder. This should at least make it safer to dock an X-Acto knife in a safe place during projects where I use it back and forth. A loose knife sitting (or rolling around) on the table isn’t exactly ideal.
The knife holder has a large open compartment that can fit one or more knives, and a smaller compartment that can fit spare blades. It also features a weighted bottom and skid-resistant feet to prevent it from moving and sliding around.
Obviously this won’t help anyone who wants to store their X-Acto knife in a drawer, but it could be useful during projects and for those users that want to keep their knives out on a table or worksurface all the time.
It’s hard to tell from photos what the holding material is and whether it’s prone to wearing, but I’m hoping it’s similar in style to the plastic rods Kapoosh uses in their kitchen knife holders (examples via Amazon).
The price varies from $7 to $12, and the holder does not come with a knife.
P.S. If anyone knows of a convenient way to cap off a hobby knife for safer drawer storage, please share!