This item lives up to DeWalt name. Rubber on the handle for a sure grip with out pain. Well balanced. Has some weight, meaning it will not break if dropped. The blade replacement was easy. A tool that just feels good to use. Blade storage is easy to open. The angled head aids in cutting comfort for the wrist.
This utility knife was trouble from the start. The instructions on the package say "tear here", that's impossible to do so I ended up using scissors to remove the packaging. Now there is paper jamming the retraction mechanism. 15 minutes later with the help of a small pair of hemostats the paper was removed. Now it's time to insert the blade. Another 10 minutes or so. Somehow, I managed to insert a blade. I honestly couldn't tell you how I did it. I fooled around with a little black button on the left side. I finally was able to get it to lock in But, once again I used the hemostats because I was afraid of cutting my fingers. I've never written a review without first using the product but I was so frustrated with the initial setup I had to warn people. The knife feels stout, it feels good in my hand. I'm hoping it performs well.
Bought 2 of these and 2 of the folding ones which are a very similar style except they fold at my local Ace. I liked the construction and weight very much. They have a good heft to them and they feel great in your hand. I especially like the fact that the front of the knife is slightly bent. They also hold a few spare blades in the handle and have a rope cutter slot as well.
All was well until the first blade change. The mechanism for blade change is hit or miss at best. The small black button has to be depressed with a lot of force and it sometimes releases the blade and other times it doesn't. I couldn't figure out why it would release sometimes and other times not. I took to holding the blade with a pair of pliers so I wouldn't cut myself.
It's a shame because other than that, the construction is top rate and it is one of my favorite utility knives to use.