Since I own both versions of the Paul Sellers Stanley knife 🙂 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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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.
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..
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.
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