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Lowe’s has launched new Klein Tools FlickBlade utility knives, following a massive in-store rollout earlier this month.
There are 3 distinct styles of folding utility knives – one with two notches and on-tool blade storage, a lower cost model without on-tool storage, and one with a fold-out screwdriver and bit driver.
All of the new FlickBlade knives can be opened and locked in at 135° and 180° angles. Each model has a cutting notch built into the blade holder, and the model with built-in storage has an added notch that’s accessible when the tool is folded closed.
Their 2-in-1 utility knife is a little interesting, in my opinion, as it features a removable 1/4″ hex impact-rated bit holder that doubles as a nut driver, and a Phillips #2 bit.
All 3 Klein FlickBlade utility knives have a side button release for quick opening and closing.
Pricing and Availability
At this time, the new Klein Tools utility knives are only available via Lowe’s website.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking; these do look a lot like Milwaukee’s FastBack utility knives.
We’ve seen a lot of Milwaukee FastBack imitators over the years. It’s a logical design, and as far as I am aware, there are no patent protections preventing other brands from coming out with their own inspired products.
Lowe’s Kobalt brand, for example, launched their “speed release” knives 9 years ago.
That Klein’s new knives strongly resemble Milwaukee’s isn’t a complete shock, but was still worth looking at.
The Klein 2-in-1 knife with screwdriver bit holder has an added feature, compared to the Milwaukee, as it comes with a removable bit and bit holder. That might come in handy in a pinch.
Is this a glimpse as to what Klein Tools and Lowe’s have in mind as part of their new partnership?
It will be interesting to see how much attention Lowe’s will aim to bring to the brand with their holiday season deals. So far, only a Klein 6pc insulated screwdriver set has appeared in Lowe’s early Black Friday 2023 tool deals sales flyers.
Also Consider: Milwaukee FastBack
Klein’s pricing isn’t bad, but Home Depot has this Milwaukee FastBack folding utility knife 2pc set for just under $20 right now, as a holiday season special buy.
The Milwaukee set comes with a 2-in-1 utility knife with fold-out screwdriver, and a compact folding utility knife.
Home Depot also offers this promo set with free shipping, whereas Lowe’s only gives you free shipping with a $45+ order.
Milwaukee has started competing with Klein Tools in the electrical hand tools space, including with USA-made pliers and screwdrivers. Klein’s newest efforts seem fair.
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