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What is Dexion / Handy Angle called in America?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by N Cook, Feb 25, 2008.


  1. Probably caused by a 'talking head' (Idiot newscaster) who shopped at
    a 'Dollar Store' quite often, where you find Chinese made junk with
    weird names. Things like "60 inch Cat-5 Cable" which measure 32 inches.
    :(

    it appears that a box cutter is a plastic Chinese knockoff of the all
    metal 'Razor knife'. the blades are so poor that they are scored to
    break off the bad tips. The first time I saw one of those was about 25
    years ago, and it was US packaged as a "Disposable Utility Knife".
    Those cheap knives are used to open shipping cartons, simply because
    they are cheap, and so poor quality it's hard to cut yourself, when
    compared to a good utility knife.


    Being a US Army Veteran, I'm used to YYYY-MM-DD or YY-MM-DD
    formatting. i still use it in file names, so they will sort in
    chronological order.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  2. Ross Herbert

    Ross Herbert Guest

    On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 03:38:34 -0500, "Michael A. Terrell"

    :N Cook wrote:
    :>
    :> I was writing up tip for working on large desk top , mixer amps
    :> http://home.graffiti.net/diverse:graffiti.net/mixer.jpg
    :> The perforated angle metal marked D and the other one between D1 and D2
    :> supporting the edge.
    :
    :
    : Are you familiar with Unistrut?
    :
    :<http://images.google.com/images?q=u...F-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GWYA&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi>


    Yep..

    Since it first appeared out here in the early 60's it was used to build overhead
    ironwork in some telephone exchanges. It was sufficiently strong enough and
    easier to handle than the heavy rolled steel U channel previously used.
     
  3. me

    me Guest

    A box cutter is a flat hollow rectangle of metal with a flat rectangel of
    metal that slides inside. The inner rectangle has notch where the top of a
    single edged razor blade sits and a triangular section removed at the front
    so that a small part of the blade is exposed. You push on the back end of
    the device to expose the bit of blade and push it back in to cover the
    blade when not in use. It has been used in stores for decades for
    unpacking boxes...
     
  4. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    The place I worked back in the late 90s had metal box cutters, I don't
    remember what they were officially named, but we always called them box
    cutters. It made sense since all they were ever used for was opening boxes
    of supplies.
     
  5. I went to the local "Dollar Tree" store today, and they have changed
    their labels. Now they call their cheap plastic knives "Utility Knives"
    so maybe they are finally learning the proper names.

    I had a case of 1000 of those metal knives with single edge razor
    blades, but left them in a warehouse I lost. They were painted with a
    company name on the body, and used standard single edge razor blades.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     

  6. I've also used the aluminum, and fiberglass versions. Another good
    use is inside a truck or trailer to strap down your load where ever you
    need to. I even made a spare tire holder out of some for the inside of
    my 79 Dodge pickup truck, because you couldn't get the spare out of the
    under body hanger if you had a flat on the back of the truck.

    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  7. Ross Herbert

    Ross Herbert Guest

    On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 03:38:34 -0500, "Michael A. Terrell"

    :N Cook wrote:
    :>
    :> I was writing up tip for working on large desk top , mixer amps
    :> http://home.graffiti.net/diverse:graffiti.net/mixer.jpg
    :> The perforated angle metal marked D and the other one between D1 and D2
    :> supporting the edge.
    :
    :
    : Are you familiar with Unistrut?
    SNIP

    I did some research on Unistrut and it appears it was invented sometime in the
    1930's and released to the world in 1940.
    http://www.unistrut.com/literature/index.php?archive=1&doc=NO_1D&pg=1

    They have an archive of old stuff to reminisce about...
    http://www.unistrut.com/literature/index.php?archive=1

    It's a pity everything you touch these days seems to be part of the
    multi-national Tyco.
     

  8. At least I got it for free, for a couple years. A large, local
    electrical contractor 'Let me' haul off the scrap conduit and hardware
    so he didn't have to pay to send it to the landfill. I used a lot of the
    scrap in projects, and wads of cash by selling the used 3" & 4" rigid
    conduit to a small welding shop. I still have some new aluminum conduit
    in my pipe rack. If it was heavier, I'd make a cool, polished aluminum
    ladder rack for my pickup truck. With a few modifications, I could use
    it to lift my power chair into the bed, too. :)


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  9. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    To me "utility knife" is the reusable metal handle with the often
    retractible, and replaceable blade. "Box cutter" is the disposable type made
    for cutting boxes. I'd never heard any other term for them.
     

  10. I guess that you want me to buy one and take a picture for you?


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  11. If you ever work in retail everyone calls "utility knives" "box cutters" in
    fact in Florida I believe that "box cutter" is the common name for them. You
    know how things have different regional names. i.e. Soda Pop vs Cola vs
    Coke. Water fountain vs bubbler. Although, I do have a utility knife the is
    specifcally designed for opening boxes. It has a small metal tab for
    breaking the tape on top to use instead of the kife blade so that you don't
    cut the product inside.
     

  12. I just use a key to a padlock that's on my key chain to cut taped
    boxes. I did work retail, almost 40 years ago, when fiber reinforced
    paper tape was used, and you needed a very sharp knife, unless you
    wanted to crush the box.


    --
    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
     
  13. Thats interestnig.. I've never heard them called a "skil kinfe" Just box
    cutter, razor knife, utility knife.
     
  14. Well. I speak from my own expirences, everyone's expirences differ. Its just
    a name anyhow. Whatever you want to call them its all the same thing.

    Mike
     
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