Another National Hardware Show has come and gone and, as usual, the 2018 NHS did not disappoint. The only downside was the heat, a toasty 106-degrees is a bit hot for this Minnesota boy, but all the buildings and cabs had air conditioning, and the cold beer was that much more enjoyable. I met a lot of smart folks who are making a bunch of brilliant products. Plus I got to play with some sharp pointy tools, handle handy gadgets, sample sticky stuff, and try on some ingenious gear. Here are just some of my favorites.
Fiskars Utility Knives
Fiskars has been creating cutting tools since 1649, so it’s no surprise that they have the knowhow to produce a quality product. They recently announced a new line of utility knives, geared towards the pro contractor, that promise a few cool new features. The knives have an improved locking system that prevents accidental blade release, a smarter button placement, and (maybe best of all) the guts of the knives won’t fall on the ground when changing a blade. The knife line includes a Folding Utility Knife, a Fixed Utility Knife, a Retractable Utility Knife, Snap-off Utility Knives, Drywaller’s Utility Knives, and Painter’s Utility Knives. They will all be available in the next month or so.