- Parker, Architecture Student (USA)
- Parker, Architecture Student (USA)
Herring Blade is a super low profile utility knife for precision cutting and everyday carry.
This stylish, minimal tool is ideal for everyday cutting + carry. Use it for everything from opening packages to precision studio work.
Available for lefties + righties.
Designed for single handed quick access and operation. A magnetic mechanism keeps the blade locked in position with no moving parts.
Get it with a custom engraving.
- Available in Titanium with a matte glass bead finish and 7075 Aluminum with a Black Type-III Hardcoat.
- Ships with a 10-pack of custom black notched snap-blades.
- Compatible with standard 18mm snap-blades.
- Custom auto locking mechanism (no moving parts).
- Single handed operation.
- Comes in left and right handed versions.
- Easy to swap in new blades.
- Sticks on ferrous surfaces (steel doors etc).
Magnetic mechanism and lock lip.
A neodymium magnet + precision machined latch keeps the blade in position while retracted.
To draw the blade, use your thumb to press the surface of the blade. This will detach the blade from a magnet and let you bypass the latch. You’ll hear + feel a satisfying click. Then slide the blade into position and release your thumb. You can easily do this with one hand.
A magnet secures the blade in its locked position until the blade is pressed to release it from the magnet so it can bypass the latch.
Herring Blade ships with a 10-pack of custom notched snap-blades. These notches allow you to take advantage of the magnetic latch mechanism while the blade is in use.
The notches come into play when you want to hold the blade without your thumb on the face of the blade. For delicate cuts you might want to hold the blade like a pencil, so the notches will keep the blade locked in position.
For heavy duty cutting, keep your thumb pressed on the face of the blade to lock its position and quickly retract the blade when you finish cutting.
While the custom notched blade gives some added functionality, Herring Blade is also compatible with standard 18mm snap blades, and most of the time it is completely fine to use a standard blade (Taylor often prefers using Herring Blade this way).
Unless you're gripping the blade like a pencil for cutting delicate contours and rotating your blade, your thumb will be perfectly positioned to secure a standard 18mm blade in place.
The standard snap blades pictured here are by OLFA + 3M.
Click slide swap.
To replace blades, click to release the magnet + bypass the latch, slide the blade out and put a new one in.
No moving parts to fumble with. Simply pull the old blade out and slide a new blade in.
For lefties too!
After watching our left-handed 5 year old dangerously fumble with Herring Blade, we realized how important it is to have tools designed specifically for your handedness.
Many tools are designed in such a way that disadvantages left handed people. Which is crazy because lefties make up around 10% of the global population.
When it comes to a cutting tool, safety is a big deal.
If you are a lefty, be sure to get a lefty version, if you are a righty, get the righty one.
Super low profile.
Herring Blade is thin, lightweight and free of bulky mechanisms. Carry it everywhere you go or use it as a bookmark in your favorite sketchbook. The locking mechanism ensure the blade stays retracted in your pocket until you press the blade down to draw it out with your thumb.
Herring blade is the same thickness as 4 credit cards.
Pictured with a sharpie buddy as a size reference.
The great thing about utility blades is you are never more than a snap away from a fresh start. As long as you're careful, it's ok to be rough with your blade, but make sure you keep snapping so it stays sharp.
If you have one takeaway from getting this far down on this page it should be : ALWAYS BE SNAPPING YOUR BLADE. Even if Herring Blade isn't your jam, always keep your utility blade sharp. It's safer and it will give you the cleanest cuts.
Prototypes + process.
Along our way to designing Herring Blade, we went through close to 30 iterations of different designs. If you follow our work, you may have seen or purchased the 3D printed Pre-Release version of Herring Blade from our site.
The early batches were 3D printed in resin. Some with magnets embedded into the resin. We cut a few prototypes on our CNC mill out of Aluminum and carried these for about a year, until arriving at our final design.
- Material: 7075 Aluminum or Grade 5 Titanium + neodymium magnet
- Finish: Black Type III Hardcoat Anodize (Al), Matte glass bead blast (Ti)
- 118 mm x 21 mm x 4.3 mm // 4.5” x 0.8” x 0.16”
- Al: 20g w/ blade, 14g w/out blade. Ti: 28g w/ blade, 22g 2/out blade.
- Ships pre-loaded with one custom ultra-sharp black notched snap-off blade and an extra 10-pack of notched blades [you must select this option when you add to cart].
Utility blades can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Get to know your Herring Blade when it arrives. Be safe with it. Know that this is a knife and we are not responsible if you hurt yourself.
Close to Perfection
So close! The idea and design behind the Herring Blade is amazing. The knife is incredibly thing and gets lost in the pocket; yet not too thin as to question the knife’s integrity. The sliding blade and lock feature is perfect for edc, and will hold up to most tasks you throw at it. Coming from a carpentry background, I was drawn to the snapping utilities blades, which of course insure a forever-sharp edge! Okay, perfect, saving two thoughts. (1) The magnet holding the blade in it’s locked position could be a little stronger. Occasionally the blade would slide closed while using during even the lightest cutting tasks - I learned to hold my thumb against the blade for almost every cut to alleviate this. (2) The knife could benefit from a pocket clip. The knife is so incredibly thin already that adding a clip would not take away from the design. All that to say, I love this knife! I would highly recommend, if not only because sharpening blades can be timely, in ways costly, and depending on the steel, tricky!
It is an odd thing in that there is not much to it. This is as opposed to all the other box cutters out there. I hardly know it is in my pocket. It also requires a bit of finesse unlike the others. At first I did not trust the blade was gonna stay shut but it does. I’m looking forward to using it.
Herring Blade - Aluminium
Love the herring blade. It is the perfect utility knife. Incredibly well designed and a joy to use
Worth every penny
You know, $100 for a utility knife sounds ridiculous, you can literally buy 100 cheap utility knifes at the checkout of a home improvement store. Thing is, this is a functional piece of art. Made just for my left hand, it extends, cuts, then retracts without a thought. This is the smartest dumb tool ever.
It's best utility blade on the planet. Hands down.
I'm an architecture student, and I've been honing my cutting tool since the "you should buy this stuff" list they handed to us on the first day. X-Actos are fine, but the blade comes loose too easily and the cap never stays on. The handle is elegant, but the system is not. It's not great for cutting big things, either. Box cutters, with the trapezoidal, reversible blades, are fine, but replacing them is a pain if you're doing it all the time, and it only stores like one spare in the casing. Plus, the only pretty one out there is the Stanley plain metal one. Then I discovered snap blade knives. That's what I needed. Versatile, easy to chug through blades, less wasteful since you don't need a full new blade to get a sharp edge. But they're all ****! I want a knife without a bunch of plastic all over it, and without a complicated mechanism. It's just holding a blade, for goodness sakes, how hard can it be to make a simple blade holder?? Pretty hard, apparently. Olfa gets close with that squared off yellow one, and gets even closer with the SVR-2. The problem with that one is that it's for 9mm blades instead of the more common (and more practical) 18mm. (Why Olfa doesn't make an 18mm version of the SVR-2, I don't know, but you can get one by carefully prying off all the black plastic from the X-Acto snap-off. That will always be my backup knife, but the problem is the blade can get kind of loose and it makes precision cutting a little frustrating.) And then I found Herring Blade. One of my professors was wearing a weird, clear watch with an orange dot on it. It looked sweet, and I'd never seen anything like it. After some internet scouring, I came across CW&T's Kickstarter, and then their website. There it was, in all its glory. The perfect utility blade. It's the only shape a utility blade should be. It's the only utility blade that matters. It's the only utility blade I'll ever use again, if I can help it. It's pretty, it's snappy, it's elegant, it's durable, it's genius, it's precise, and it's what a well-designed thing should be: complex, not complicated; simple, not simplistic; useful, not flashy. Why does a blade holder need to be any shape besides the shape of the blade? Anything else is excess. This is a tool that will make you want to cut things all the time. Model making will be a joy, but so will breaking down a cardboard box. Get your hands on a Herring Blade. Because it's the only utility knife that matters.