Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788)

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  • Retractable blade
  • Push button, quick blade change
  • Cast metal core and bi- material soft panels on grip
  • Swing out blade storage
  • Includes 3 utility blades


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Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788)
 
3.5

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (5)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (13)
  • Effective (10)
  • Sturdy case (10)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home repair (12)
    • Small projects (10)
    • Large projects (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Casual do-it-yourselfer (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great knife, highly recommended

    Overall, a great utility knife. Got it for [$] on day after thanksgiving sale. Some people complain about it being hard to replace the blades, but I disagree; all you have...Read complete review

    Overall, a great utility knife. Got it for [$] on day after thanksgiving sale. Some people complain about it being hard to replace the blades, but I disagree; all you have to do is read the instructions! Once they're understood, a blade can be changed in some 5 seconds. Overall - a great product, at an affordable price. Higly recommended!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    instant change! retractable! NOT!!!

    Based on my years of experience using Stanley tools, I was pleased to see the "new, improved" version of the standard utlity knife...until I got home and tried...Read complete review

    Based on my years of experience using Stanley tools, I was pleased to see the "new, improved" version of the standard utlity knife...until I got home and tried (unsuccessfully) to install the first blade. Returning to my local retailer, I explained the problem. Two employees spent at least 10 minutes attempting to operate the tool: UNSUCCESSFULLY! After 10 more minutes spent refunding and then recharging my bank card, I again returned home, and tried to operate the replacement: UNSUCCESSFULLY!! I did manage to knick my finger with the blade which WILL NOT fully retract nor return to the locked open (ready to cut) position. My recommendation: stick with Stanley's tried and true old-fashioned contractor-grade utility knife.

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    4.0

    The Secret Code to this knife

    By Bighurt

    from missouri

    Pros

    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

        I took thi knife apart to see how a utility knife could be so stubborn. On the blade forward slider are 3 notches that hold the blade in the position of that notch. The forth position is full forward up against the black thumb pad. That is the position where the blade can be changed. You must push in the yellow side button to release the blade. Once the old blade is removed you will notice a super small L shaped tray at the very bottom of the blade opening.
        You must insert the blade so it rests on that tray. You also must hold in the yellow button while feeding the new blade in. It must go all the way in until you feel a hard stop. This is also tricky - on mine I put the blades in angling the blade up and setting the point of the blade on the L tray. I then push it in ever so slightly before straightening it out to go the rest of the way.

         
        1.0

        Huge Disappointment

        By wallacestuart

        from Plymouth, NH

        About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

        • Strong

        Cons

        • Defunct

        Best Uses

          Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

          No matter how I tried, I had trouble opening and retracting the blade. I had no luck at all replacing the blade. When I took the knife back to the store (not an Ace Hardware), the clerk there could not get the knife to work either. I have another (smaller) Stanley knife (no model number on the handle) that works very well.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good tool. Great price.

          By Devin the insomniac

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Beginner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Sturdy case

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Repair
            • Small Projects

            Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

            Got this at the Christmas promo. Nice to have around and seems sturdy. Been using these since I was a boy.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great knife, poor instructions....

            By Kyle

            from Topeka, KS

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Hold Use
            • Strong
            • Sturdy case
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Instructions

            Best Uses

            • Home Repair
            • Large Projects
            • Small Projects

            Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

            I'll have to go along with the other reviews that talk about the initial difficulty of understanding the method of changing the blade. After I bought mine, I spent 5 minutes or so trying to understand how it worked...read and re-read the instructions several times...until..FINALLY...I sort of 'stumbled' onto the method of doing it...WHEW..!

            Even now...that I have "broken the code", when I look at the small picture on the User Card, I still can't easily see how anyone could 'decipher' the exact method of changing blades..

            SO...for those of you who have not yet figured this out, the 'secret' of this...is to slide the latching button forward...past the 1, 2 and 3 positions...pushing harder now...to the NUMBER 4...which is ALL the way to the black thumb-rest...! At that point, you can press the yellow button and easily change the blade..!!

            Could this have been explained easily on the "User Card"...I'm thinking YES...!!

            Aside from that...I really like the heft and feel of this knife. It feels more secure in my grip and should be a lot safer to use. I like the 1st blade projection setting, it's just right for cardboard, etc. The curved handle is also very 'ergonomic' and should allow extended usage without too much fatigue.

            This looks and feels like a very well made tool, and now that I know how to change the blades, I'll be doing that a LOT....>Grins<

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
             
            5.0

            good knife

            By shadowkeeper

            from Sauk Rapids, MN

            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Strong
            • Sturdy case
            • Versatile
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gifts
              • Home Repair
              • Large Projects
              • Small Projects

              Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

              None

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              4.0

              sharp knife

              By czfighter

              from Fremont, CA

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong
              • Sturdy case
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

              • Little Hard To Assemble

              Best Uses

              • Home Repair

              Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

              Used it to scrape and cut wood while installing a new lock on my door. Cuts perfectly. Good quality blades. Comes with 3 blades.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
               
              4.0

              Now I get it!

              By PG

              from La Puente, Ca.

              About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Strong
              • Sturdy case
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

              • Poor User Instructions

              Best Uses

                Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                Once I figuered out that you can't load it on the third click out, I was golden. The slide has to be let out to the absolute end(four clicks not three) then you can push the yellow change button and get the blade in without too much trouble.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                 
                5.0

                Good Razor

                By Chris

                from Levittown, NY

                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Strong
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Repair

                  Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                  It is a good quality razor knife that conviently stores the blades inside the handle. It is durable and well made.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                   
                  4.0

                  Good product after initial hassle.

                  By Mark

                  from LeMars, Ia.

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong
                  • Sturdy case
                  • Versatile
                  • Works Effectively

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gifts
                    • Home Repair
                    • Small Projects

                    Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                    A good product but I didn't keep my instructions so I was in trouble when the sliding mechanism was frozen upon purchase. 30 minutes later, I'm good.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Needs better instructions

                    By Bapper

                    from Bakersfield, CA

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Strong
                    • Sturdy case
                    • Works Effectively

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Repair
                      • Small Projects

                      Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                      Difficult to unpack; loading blade is not intuitive; needs better instructions

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Terrible at bet

                      By seamaore

                      from ny

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Not Effective
                        • Poor Quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                          Not only a poorly designed product but a poorly manufactured product. The blade sliding mechanisum was frozen. The knife had to be completely disassembled and the sliding mechanism repositioned. Apprently this is to enhance the customer experience. Once the sliding mechanism was repaired had to screw around with installing the blade into the knife body. Another terrible design feature Stanley proudly states "Made in USA" but this knife is one of the worst designed asd manufactured tools I've encounter ....

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Terrible

                          By ralph

                          from Ashtabula

                          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Not Effective
                            • Poor Quality

                            Best Uses

                            • Trash

                            Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                            Very disappointing in quality and design. Poor instructions on how to input blade. Mine was assembled incoorectly with the push lever widged between sliding surfaces. Had to disassemble to correct. Blade inserts through the front but having the blade retained is difficult. Overall poor quality and poor design. If you go to the stanleytool.com website you can download the instructions.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                             
                            5.0

                            Great knife, fast blade changes!

                            By Andy

                            from Columbia, MO

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Strong
                            • Sturdy case
                            • Versatile
                            • Works Effectively

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Repair
                            • Large Projects
                            • Small Projects

                            Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                            Looking at the negative reviews you'd be surprised at how easy this knife works. The one issue I can see is that you do have to put the blade slide at a notch *past* the normal far extension, otherwise the button doesn't contact the right place on the blade holder to allow for changing the blade.

                            Overall this is a great knife, it has a little more weight than the other two Stanley knives, which are great knives too, and the blade holder is much better as well.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Could not get first blade in...

                            By Em the DIY Girl

                            from Michigan

                            About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Hard to load
                              • HEAVY
                              • Insufficient instructions
                              • No website video help
                              • Tiny print on card

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                                I bought this frankly because it was the only one in the corner hardware store and I needed a blade for a third person. I could not load the blade, and I am experienced with Stanley. Man next door could not load the first blade either. I wasn't interested in buying and trying a second unit, so I returned it. The Olfa and Fiskars that I have are plastic, not sturdy construction (they would not do carpet etc.). But for cutting cardboard boxes, clamshell packaging, etc., those are very easy to reload and light in the hand. I'll keep my 20-year old heavy-duty hard-to-load Stanley for the other stuff.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Quick blade change- Ha! How is that done

                                By Grandma

                                from Winston Or

                                About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                                Pros

                                • Can't change the blade
                                • Strong
                                • Sturdy case
                                • Works Effectively

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Repair

                                Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                                Can't change the blade.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Very easy to operate

                                By Mark

                                from Pleasanton, CA

                                About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong
                                • Sturdy case
                                • Works Effectively

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Large Projects
                                  • Small Projects

                                  Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                                  I liked the shape of the knife handle compared with those that are straight. The blade is changed in the same manner as other utility knives I have owend with the push button. It is helpful to read and follow the instructions though. I also like the larger size of the knife compared with many of the pocket sized ones that that fold which are popular now. I feel I get a better grip on the knife and that it offers me more security against injury.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

                                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Changing the blade is easy as 1, 2, 3

                                  By HandyMan808

                                  from Oahu, Hawaii

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Pros

                                  • Works Effectively

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Repair
                                    • Large Projects
                                    • Small Projects

                                    Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                                    Changing the blade is really simple once you READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, after all that what instructions are for. It is the best utility knife so far that i've owned. Blades are quickly replaceable, I would say about 5 sec. mentioned in the previous review. Highly recommended.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great knife, highly recommended

                                    By lithdoc

                                    from Chicago, IL

                                    About Me Do-It-Yourself

                                    Pros

                                    • Great value
                                    • Strong
                                    • Works Effectively

                                    Cons

                                    • Ugly

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Repair
                                    • Large Projects
                                    • Small Projects

                                    Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                                    Overall, a great utility knife. Got it for [$] on day after thanksgiving sale. Some people complain about it being hard to replace the blades, but I disagree; all you have to do is read the instructions! Once they're understood, a blade can be changed in some 5 seconds. Overall - a great product, at an affordable price. Higly recommended!

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

                                    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    1.0

                                    instant change! retractable! NOT!!!

                                    By Mrs 50-plus

                                    from Corning, CA

                                    About Me Do-It-Yourself, Handyman

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Repair
                                        • Large Projects
                                        • Professional
                                        • Small Projects

                                        Comments about Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788):

                                        Based on my years of experience using Stanley tools, I was pleased to see the "new, improved" version of the standard utlity knife...until I got home and tried (unsuccessfully) to install the first blade. Returning to my local retailer, I explained the problem. Two employees spent at least 10 minutes attempting to operate the tool: UNSUCCESSFULLY! After 10 more minutes spent refunding and then recharging my bank card, I again returned home, and tried to operate the replacement: UNSUCCESSFULLY!! I did manage to knick my finger with the blade which WILL NOT fully retract nor return to the locked open (ready to cut) position. My recommendation: stick with Stanley's tried and true old-fashioned contractor-grade utility knife.

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