Different Types of Utility Knife Blades

Jul 26th 2019

When you are needing to cut something, you most likely look for the closest sharp object at that very moment. While it may be effective in some situations, using the appropriate utility blade for the material that you are trying to cut will make the job easier and safer. Be sure to work smarter, not harder.

At Safecutters, we offer a number of different types of utility knife blades from your standard straight edge blade to hook blades. In this blog, we are going to discuss six types of utility knife blades so that you can choose the appropriate blade for each and every project. Call Safecutters today with any questions!

1. Hook Blades

Utility knife blades that have hooks on the ends are used for cutting very thick and heavy-duty materials. You can normally find these blades on the knives of roofers for trimming the edge off of shingles. Other ways that hook blades are utilized are for cutting carpet and linoleum.

2. Scalloped Edge Blades

Scalloped edge blades are great for cutting a lot of foods like fruits and vegetables. Out of the kitchen, however, scallop blades for utility knives are used for cutting styrofoam insulation to limit the mess and receive a clean, smooth edge as an end-result.

3. Serrated Edge Blades

Serrated edge blades are very similar to the scalloped edge blades and are normally used in a sawing motion. The rougher edge provides both a safer blade design as well as a great option for extremely dense materials that are difficult to cut through. A sawing motion with the serrated edge helps to build up friction and momentum for an easier cutting experience.

4. Pointed Tip Blades

Utility knife blades that have pointed tips are probably the closest thing to a standard utility blade for most people. They are a great option for materials that are harder to initially puncture before continuing the cut such as fabrics, flexible plastics, and drywall.

5. Rounded Tip Blades

The alternative to pointed tip blades are rounded tip blades which are safer as they eliminate the possibility of accidentally stabbing into things and puncturing them. While it is hard to use them on materials that need to be initially punctured, rounded tips are a great option for softer materials such as foam or cardboard.

6. Snap-Off Blades

Snap-off blades might be the most popular option for utility knife blades. These blades are uniquely designed as one long, sturdy blade that you can expand to cut through fiberglass insulation. These blades have multiple seams that allow you to snap-off one piece at a time to have a new, sharp edge to cut with. This design makes the blades last longer than the standard two-sided blades.

Get A New Blade For Your Utility Knife

While there are several different types of utility knife blades and multiple of them can be effective for the project at hand, the next time you are needing to cut something, think about what type of blade you have on your utility knife. In the end, using the appropriate blade for the material you are working with will make the job easier and give you a better end-result. If you are needing a new blade for your utility knife, check out Safecutters’ replacement blades today! Contact our utility knife experts today with any questions or concerns!