Utility knives can be used for everything from opening a box of door hardware to cutting drywall and trimming insulation. Olfa, the company that invented the snap-off blade, has just released a new knife designed with the contractor in mind. The LA-X has an automatic blade lock, a rubberized fiberglass handle, and a metal fin at the rear end that can be used to open a can of paint or as a quick and dirty screwdriver. The knife uses 18mm heavy-duty snap-off blades.
¦ Price: $7. 800-962-6532. www.olfa.com.