Whether you operate a sign Industry, work in a warehouse, or own your own retail store, there are several tools that play important roles across the board. Perhaps the most common is the humble knife. From opening boxes to cutting through corrugated plastic signs to trimming displays and posters, the right knife is a highly beneficial tool. Of course, you do need to ensure that you have the right type, and that you have replacement blades for your knives.
Snap-Off Blade Knives
One of the most commonly used types of knives in the world today is the snap-off knife. It uses a system of connected blades that form a single whole within the central body of the knife. A slider allows you to extend the blade or retract it. When the current blade is dull, simply snap off the old blade and you have a pristine new one to take its place. Dispose of the old blade carefully, and you’re ready to get back to work.
These knives have become famous for their precision and incredible sharpness. They’re used by hobbyists, such as model makers, but they can also be used in a wide range of other situations. Tapering to a pronounced point, they’re capable of both long cuts and point work. While there are several different blade systems out there, the most common uses a locking handle that clamps tight around the blade, and is secured by a threaded grip.
Utility knives are similar to snap-off blade knives, at least in appearance. A slider allows you to extend or retract the blade into the handle. However, the blades are very different. Rather than multiple blades attached in sequence as with snap-off blade knives, utility knives use a single blade at a time. The handle usually holds spare blades, so replacing the blade is a simple process. Just open the handle, remove the old blade and replace it with a new one. Dispose of the old blade safely in a blade disposal container.
For those who need to remove backing paper from decals, stickers and other printed material, it can be a tricky process. With regular knives, it’s far too easy to cut through both the backing material and the decal itself. That’s where a paperback cutter comes in. These knives are specially designed to work perfectly with backing paper, allowing you to slit through the paper without damaging the film side.
Olfa Touch Knife
Similar to snap-off blade knives but compact and designed for easy carrying, Olfa knives are ideal solutions for those who need a small knife with them at all times to handle package strapping, box tape and other issues. Olfa knives are available in standard and magnetic back varieties, but all feature a keychain hole and slide functionality.
Real Time Media Solutions offers the broadest range of knives and blades on the market to ensure that you always have the tools necessary. Whether you’re running your own business or managing an entire warehouse, we can help.