I'm a klutz and I have cats who like to play with my scrap supplies, so a retractable exacto knife is a must for me. I had tried a couple others and found their blades to be very weak. The EK Success CutterBee has a pretty strong blade, and the blade length is decent. I have problems with my hands, so I especially like the padded grip - it's both thicker and cushier so it's easier for me to hold. The blade storage is great and makes it easy to insert a new blade, and it has a place to but used blades which is great for disposal. I've heard people complain that the button to retract the blade gets in the way, but I find that if I'm careful as to how I put the blade in, it's not a problem.
I knew that I loved this scapel. I got mine about a year ago and loved it the first time I picked it up.
It feels like a pen in your hand and makes intricate cutting so much easier.
The retractable blade is so useful for safety. No lids to fall off or lose.
The only problem is that I use this little cutie all the time and the rubber cap on the thing you push to get the blade has finally fallen off from so much usage.
It still works perfectly but is it time for a new one??
The new design is a little funky. I think that's an old product photo. Can be difficult to move the blade up.
I bought this because I was afraid one of my kids would find my Xyto (sp) knife, which doesn't have a cover. Also, I'm less likely to accidently stab myself because I'm able to retract the blade after I'm done using it. CutterBee also makes it easy to change the blades without the worry of being cut.
The only thing I have had a problem w/ is that little cushion thing that you push w/ your thumb came off, making it a little harder to push the blade out.
Love the idea of a retractable blade and changing blades are a breeze. BUT...after installing first blade, it would not stay in the usable position. Will return and try one more time. Very disappointed. I know people who love this product.
Scrapbook.com replaced the cutter with no questions asked. And this one works PERFECT. Thank you for good customer service.
I received this product as a gift in a swap and I can tell you that I will never use my old knife again! I always thought that it was fine and that there was no need to upgrade to this product, but I was so wrong. This is the perfect cutting tool for trimming paper from chipboard or for freehand cutting titles. So smooth, easy and safe! I'm stocking up on refill blades!