Rapid Edge Serrated Blade & Knife Scores #1 in July Issue of Handy Magazine Reader Reviews: Ideal for Flooring & Carpeting Installers

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The Rapid Edge Utility Knife & Blades feature serrated knife edges that smoothly cut carpeting, vinyl flooring, padding, and many other materials smoothly. Readers of Handy Magazine, publication of the Handyman Club of America, cited the product's ease of use many different applications.

The Rapid Edge® Serrated Blade and Knife scored the #1 Rating in the Handy Magazine Reader Review in the July/August 2005 Issue. Samples of the Rapid Edge utility knife and serrated blades were sent to over 400 readers of Handy Magazine, the publication of the Handyman Club of America. The handy men and women, maintenance supervisors, and contractors used the knife on some of the most challenging materials and found that it cut them with ease, including: graphite, fiberglass, Kevlar®, drywall, concrete board, asphalt roofing shingles, tar paper, carpeting, vinyl tiles, linoleum, wood flooring, insulation, acoustical tiles, leather, cardboard and more. In all, the readers gave Rapid Edge products a 95% approval rating.

The knife is a cast metal body with a large hole at one end for attaching a cord or hanging on a tool wall. The retractable blade features a slide-and-lock thumb control. Many readers commented positively on the small LED light built into the knife near the base of the blade. They noted that the light helped them see the line in less than ideal lighting conditions. However, the serrated blades drew the readers’ praise in their comments more than anything else.

A sampling of responses from Handyman Club of America Members:

From T.M., Winchester, VA: “This was the most comfortable and easy-to-use knife I have ever used. It cuts perfectly even and straight when you want to cut. I used it on carpet and it cut through like butter. Most other blades gum up and you can’t cut very much without changing the blades.”

From F.L., River Vale, NJ: “The Rapid Edge Knife has good ergonomics. It felt comfortable in my hands doing a variety of cutting operations. The serrated blade cut through carpeting easily.”

From W.F., Augusta, KS: “I work in an area where many products are cut. I tested (the Rapid Edge knife) in our shop. Materials cut (included) graphite, Kevlar, fiberglass cloth, paper, rope, and graphite and Kevlar in the hardened one-ply state. We also cut sheet rock (drywall), wood paneling, and rubberized fiber tarp material. After cutting these objects with the same blade, we cut the fingers OFF of cut-resistant Ansell® gloves. We used one blade. I’ve never seen blades this sharp.”

From J.W., Louisville, KY: “(The Rapid Edge Knife) allowed me to cut Berber carpet with no hesitation. The blades were so sharp, it cut the padding and did not allow it to bunch up and rip out in pockets or chunks. It also through carpet tack strips, some with only one swipe. The light was useful to follow markings and chalk lines. Knife itself has great heft and the light is a definite advantage.”

Rapid Edge knives and blades may be purchased at Harbor Freight stores, Handy Hardware stores, ACE Hardware, and many independent hardware stores. Rapid Edge knives and tools are also available on the internet at the company’s website.

About Rapid Tools:

The company’s mission is to improve the top ten tools found in a toolbox through innovation, advanced design, and superior engineering. To do so, the company develops new and innovative hand tools for home improvement markets. The company has launched their first patented product, the serrated utility knife blade, called Rapid Edge and will shortly launch additional innovative solutions.

Kevlar is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Stanley is a registered trademark of Stanley Logistics, Inc.

Ansell is a registered trademark of Ansell Edmont Industrial Inc.

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