Bought 2 of these and 2 of the folding ones which are a very similar style except they fold at my local Ace. I liked the construction and weight very much. They have a good heft to them and they feel great in your hand. I especially like the fact that the front of the knife is slightly bent. They also hold a few spare blades in the handle and have a rope cutter slot as well.
All was well until the first blade change. The mechanism for blade change is hit or miss at best. The small black button has to be depressed with a lot of force and it sometimes releases the blade and other times it doesn't. I couldn't figure out why it would release sometimes and other times not. I took to holding the blade with a pair of pliers so I wouldn't cut myself.
It's a shame because other than that, the construction is top rate and it is one of my favorite utility knives to use.
Overall good quality, very easy to use when common sense is applied. Blade change is quick and easy. I have continued to purchase Dewalt product over the years and always look forward to Adding more Dewalt tools to my Collection. Take care and pride of your tools and they will take care of you.
I bought this item from Home Depot a few weeks ago and just tried to use it. From the MINIMAL pic instruction I found the 5 blades in the handle and inserted one ad shown. Now the blade will not protrude nor dislodge rendering the cutter useless.
I built this along with a cheaper utility knife. Well I was up and using the cheap (half the Price model in no time. The DHWT10046 took a half hour and then a got on to the site to see if I could get instructions.... well no such luck. I bought it because of the name and design. Well execution of the design is a total process and DeWALT missed a simple step
I bought this 2 days ago and have to take it back. It's easy enough to load new blades since I've had similar knives in the past. However, after using it for only a few minutes cutting up cardboard boxes, the blade began to pull out of the knife. I'd push it back in but it doesn't stay "locked" in the tool and keeps pulling out. After using it for maybe 10 minutes, I can now simply grab the end of the blade and pull it out without pressing the button that's supposed to keep it locked in place. Hey, DeWalt ... this is pretty old and simple technology. I'm surprised you didn't get it right.
I am a contractor and use utility knives quite often. However loading this one is not easy. The button does not always engage the blade when loading, and you have to reinsert the blade several times to get it to seat properly.
The convenience of the folding knife is nice, and the construction is sturdy. I decided to get one of my own after using one a friend had. Its “rapid change” blade change is a joke. In the end I had to disassemble the knife to load it as the quick load button did not work as intended. Hopefully they improve this feature in the future.
This knife is very nicely built. Good heavy duty construction. Read some of the reviews after I purchased my knife. On the back of the display card it tells you where to tear to separate the knife and the card. You may actually need to cut it there because it seems they used a mylar strip so it is not too easy to remove the card. These days if an item is not nailed to something, it must be free, right. For blade removal, you must extend the blade fully, no slot visible in front of the slide button, so the black button on the left side lines up with the retainer to push it out of the way to release the blade. If the blade is not fully forward, things don't line up correctly. To insert a blade, you need to accurately line up the blade top to bottom and side to side to slide it into place. This is a well crafted tool, you don't have 1/4 inch of play like a cheap knife. This is a very nice product.