Photo Comparison of Stanley USA & UK Knives

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    Since I own both versions of the Paul Sellers Stanley knife ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d like to post a few photos for visual comparison. I know this was something I would have liked to see when shopping for one. So here it is. I hope it helps someone.

    The “UK” knife: Stanley 10-598
    The “USA” knife: Stanley 10-049

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    I’m not a fan of the “sheep’s foot” blade shape of the 10-049 so I re-shaped it like the UK one.

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    The biggest difference is that the USA blade is substantially thicker than the UK blade.

    UK: 0.023 inch
    USA: 0.040 inch

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    The 10-049 feels just a tad sturdier and more solidly built, but not by very much.

    Personally I like the 10-598 better. The thinner blade makes all the difference to accuracy, I think. It feels easier to compensate for the bevel.

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    Eddy Flynn


    thanks for sharing Juan its great to see comparisons from across the pond

    Eddy .. Liverpool, Merseyside, UK



    Thanks for the comparison but where did you get the UK version from





    I have these and a slightly larger USA version marked Stanley 10-049. It has a shiny (Chrome or nickle?) surface, the plastic lock on the end is white, and the blade (11-041), made in USA, is larger with a thumbnail indent for opening. I got all of them from Ebay or Amazon.

    David Howard


    Both Knives are available on amazon

    you will pay a bit more for the UK version…. but all in all they both have a bevel and with the repeated use of one or the other accuracy is in your hands. I have tried my none bevel striking knife compared to my 10-049 and there is no difference, when striking a line a habit of technique is formed. Even with a none beveled edge I can strike a bad line its all about muscle memory and experience with the tool in your hand..

    Luthier: Owner Britton Guitars San Antonio Texas



    Is it true that the UK knife cuts only on the left side and the US knife on the right? ๐Ÿ™‚

    John Purser


    You can get the thinner (11-041) blade as a replacement for the 10-049 knife. I agree the thicker sheepsfoot blade is harder to use accurately. It surprised me how much easier I could see where the knife was going when I switched to the 11-041 blades.

    John Purser
    Hubert, NC



    Hi Geoff,

    The UK knife is available in the US through the seller BigRedToolBox on eBay or amazon (as linked to below). I like that seller a lot. Reliable and fast. The cheapest way to get the US knife is to order on the Home Depot website for in-store local pickup. You save shipping that way.



    Hi John,

    I don’t think the 11-041 blade is a thin blade. According to Stanley’s USA website, it is 0.040″ thick. I made my measurements above using my digital caliper.

    John Purser


    You’re right Juan. According to Stanley they’re both .040″. I thought I’d read the 041 was thinner when I first found them.

    John Purser
    Hubert, NC

    Mark Armstrong


    The uk knife has double bevel also the blade is replaceable .
    Number for replaceable blades 5901.

    Dagenham, Essex, England



    Thanks for the comparison report, as I have mentioned I guess I have gotten used to the 10 -049 knife as that is all I use now. I did modify the tip.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

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