Good deal on art knife at Office Depot (US)

Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by BARX2, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. BARX2

    BARX2 Member

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    I was looking around at Office Depot on my lunch break and spotted this handy little set (yes, the photo is from Staples - it's not on OD's web site):

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    The shelf tag said $4.79, but it rang up $5.29 at the cash register - still not bad a bad price. I mentioned this to the manager, who happened to be working the register, and he marked it down to $4.79. I don't know anything about Staedtler art knives, but their other products seem to be good quality. Just thought I'd pass this on if you happen to be near Office Depot.
  2. B-Manic

    B-Manic Peripheral Visionary

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    I like the look of the handle. Looks like it is a bit chubbier than most.
  3. BARX2

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    It's rubberized and maybe a tiny bit thicker than the X-Acto aluminum handle, but it's not a metal handle with a rubber coating. Looks like plastic handle with a metal screw connector to attach the blade chuck to the handle.
  4. Amazyah

    Amazyah Senior Member

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    When I was working as a designer during the 80's and 90's I would order a lot of our drafting supplies from Staedtler/Mars.
    They definitely produce high quality products in my opinion.
    Although they didn't have this product back then and I've never used it, I would expect it to be top notch.
    The cutting mat is a little small for my tastes but this would definitely be a great set for someone starting out in this hobby.
    Come to think of it though, I've paid more than that, just for a good handle!

    Russell
  5. BARX2

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    I thought the little mat might be a good size to throw into an overnight bag, or briefcase to catch a little card modeling over lunch or somewhere away from home.
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    Amazyah Senior Member

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    Good idea!
    Also, one can never have too much stuff in the modeling arsenal!

    Russell
  7. BARX2

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    Just thought I'd follow up and mention a few things about this set. The knife handle is pretty flimsy. It bends kind of easily. On the other hand, the blades are about the sharpest I've ever used. I haven't used a scalpel, but I can't imagine it being sharper than this blade. However, the blade isn't as rigid as an Excel blade and can bend a little when cutting curves. The little pad is nice and as good as any other cutting pads I've used. All in all, I'd say the set was worth $5 or a little more, but I wouldn't recommend the knife itself.
  8. shoki2000

    shoki2000 Active Member

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    I got one for myself :grin:
    Maybe the knife isn't as rigid as Xacto but I kind of like the feel of it.
    After all, we need this blade for delicate work, not carving wood :grin:
  9. BARX2

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    That's true! I do have an heavy hand, anyway. :)