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Recommended Carpet Knife?

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by Radam87, 14 Aug 2021.

  1. Radam87

    Radam87

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    Hi all

    Is it worth spending a bit more on a knife to lift all the carpets or will a £5 Stanley suffice? I also need to cut around some built in furniture that was installed after the carpet?

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    Many flooring fitters I have worked alongside seem to favour a knife called the "Dolphin:
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    They cost about £12 to £15. If you've ever seen a Stanley Titan knife:
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    in fixed blade, retractable blade or even Fat Max (retractable) varieties:
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    you can pretty much guess where Stanley got the idea for the shape from. The shape of the Dolphin (and Titans) means you can apply more pressure to the cut because your hand is at a more comfortable angle than it would otherwise be with a conventional straight utility knife. It also makes it possible to pull the knife backwards towards you with much less risk of losing your grip on it. The Stanley Titan knives share the angled grip but aren't quite as easy to grip and pull backwards (but being more mass market they are generally cheaper, and they are good general knives)

    Of course the biggest "performance tweak" is to actually buy some hooked carpet blades as opposed to the standard ones:
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    These make much lighter work of lifting old carpets, vinyl, linoleum, etc but they are better used in a proper knife (like the ones above). They don't last long and need to be used with care as the direction of cut is towards you, so there is the ever present risk of sticking a blade tip in your leg (something even pros do on the odd occasion, ask a carpet fitter!), but they are far quicker, neater and more accurate in use on floor coverings than ordinary straight Stanley knife blades
     
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