Top Uses for the 18mm Heavy Duty Utility Knife
Courtesy of OLFA®
Professional contractors, tradesmen and serious DIYers know that selecting a
high-quality utility knife with a sharp blade saves time and frustration.
That’s why many ditched their old-fashioned “unscrew-and-open” utility
knives long ago, switching to “quick-change” models, like OLFA-Pro 18mm
Heavy-Duty Utility Knife
The OLFA-PRO 18mm is the do-all of utility
knives, and isn’t just another pretty tool in the box. It holds a sturdy,
always sharp seven-segment snap-and-go blade. When the knife dulls, just
snap off the dull portion and keep on cutting with a fresh edge. Once all
segments are used, simply slide the mechanism forward and install a new
seven-segment blade. That’s it!
Built with a substantial handle and a
stainless steel support channel to provide maximum blade stability, OLFA’s
heavy-duty utility knife is designed especially for the professional, or
those who like professional results. It can handle the same cutting jobs as
a regular utility knife—and then some. Premium quality blades allow users to
cut thick materials, cut closer to walls and floors, and score deep and
straight. Here are some of the top jobs for the OLFA-Pro 18mm Heavy-Duty
contractors use the OLFA-Pro to cut through fiberglass batting and rigid
foam board insulation. The blade cuts thick fiberglass sections off the roll
in a single pass and makes it easy to cut the insulation away from around
electrical boxes once the insulation is tucked into the stud cavity. It is
the perfect tool for cutting interior and exterior rigid foam insulation.
After the insulation work is done, installers use the same knife to cut
openings in exterior house wrap and interior vapor barrier.
SCORING TRIM BEFORE CUTTING
carpenters install base, door and window trim, their cuts must be exact and
clean. Rather than cut along a thick pencil line, many carpenters use their
utility knife to score the line before cutting. A scored line provides a
smaller target area when aiming the miter blade, and scoring the trim
reduces the possibility of chipping, especially when working with veneered
Cutting with a sharp blade is the trick to cutting drywall. Since gypsum
dulls blades quickly, drywall installers go through a lot of blades. The
multi-segment blade on the OLFA-Pro allows installers to spend far less time
changing blades. They simply snap off the dull edge the instant it starts
tearing the paper face. Then, once the cut is made and the drywall snapped,
installers cut through the backside of the drywall.
installers always cut from the jute-back, so they need a blade that’s strong
and sharp enough to cut the backing and the yarn loops. With the blade
extended slightly, the OLFA-Pro easily does the job, eliminating the need to
make multiple passes to cut missed loops.
Wallpaper goes on wet, and tears easily if
cut with a dull blade. OLFA is the perfect solution with their sharp,
premium quality blades. Since cutting into drywall and plaster dulls blades
quickly, professional wallpaper hangers also go through a lot of blades. The
OLFA-PRO helps pros and DIY wallpaper hangers make clean cuts while reducing
the time needed to change blades.CUTTING
Who would think that a utility knife could
handle such a heavy-duty job? Roofers rely on hook blades to trim straight
edges on exposed shingles. But they use straight blades to cut full shingles
into hip and ridge caps. The OLFA knife handle has sturdy, strong
construction for this tough job. The stainless steel blade channel holds the
blade firmly in place. The high quality sharp and strong blade cuts through
shingle materials like butter to speed up things up.