Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788)

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  • Sub Brand: InstantChange
  • Retractable Blade: Yes
  • Length: 6-1/2 in.
  • Product Type: Utility Knife
  • Handle Color Family: Silver
  • Blade Storage: Yes
  • Number of Blades Included: 3
  • Lockable Blade: Yes


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Stanley® Utility Knife (10-788)
 
3.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well built / quality (13)
  • Effective (12)
  • Sturdy case (10)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home repair (14)
  • Small projects (12)
  • Large projects (9)
  • Gifts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (8), Casual do-it-yourselfer (6), Professional (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great knife, poor instructions....

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...Read complete review

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<

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible at bet

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...Read complete review

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 ....

Reviewed by 21 customers

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5.0

Best utility knife out there!!

By Scott W

from Spokane WA

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Works Effectively

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Home Repair
    • Large Projects
    • Small Projects

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

    I bought this knife for all my friends and co workers this year. After 38 years in the carpentry trade, I've tried them ll. this knife is the easiest to use, the safest, and the most durable. I've been using one ever since they came out for sale, and now keep one in every tool box and vehicle. It was time my friends enjoy this also.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    If you can't figure it out, it's user error.

    By Derek

    from Anchorage

    Pros

    • Works Effectively

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Repair
      • Large Projects
      • Small Projects

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

      All the reviews about not being able to change the blade are simply put, user error. Make sure the metal push button is ALL THE WAY FORWARD (literally touching the black rubber piece) and you press the pullow button... do that, and replacing the blade takes all of 5 seconds.

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

            (4 of 8 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

              (5 of 8 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

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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

                      (2 of 7 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

                        (8 of 8 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

                            (4 of 6 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

                              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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.

                                  (2 of 4 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

                                  (2 of 5 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

                                    (3 of 10 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

                                      (2 of 5 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

                                      (7 of 12 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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