We know they’re not the most exciting, high-tech, or badass tools around, but the box cutter is one of the most essential tools or accessories all guys should own. For a variety of jobs and demands, from (the obvious) opening boxes to cutting vinyl flooring, and even clean and scratch out grout around the sides of the bathtub, the best box cutter will make this job much easier.
Through sharp, they’re not as dangerous as you’d expect at least if you know how to use and care for them. Whether your purchase a standard slide-operation or folding box cutter, you can ensure you can slice through stubborn and less stubborn materials safely and efficiently.
As much as you need a screwdriver, a hammer, and a portable workbench for home and professional projects you need a box cutter on hand to tackle smaller demands to ensure you never struggle with opening boxes or removing flooring, among a plethora of other possibilities, again.
So let’s see which box cutters are a cut (sorry) above the rest.
The Best Box Cutters
Our pick for the best box cutter is the Slice 10514 Mini Cutter which – as the name suggests – is a compact and lightweight option but one you shouldn’t underrate. Its rounded design is something different from the rusty box cutters you spied in your dad’s tool box growing up, and instead it boasts a modern aesthetic suitable for the modern world.
It’s got much more to it than mere style, though. The green blade button, aside from looking good, is easy to grip with a studded thumb grip to ensure easy blade deployment. This also ensures your safety as the on-board magnet keeps it secure when not in use and also provides a simple toolless blade change when (but more like if) the blade dulls.
Safe, finger-friendly, and unique blades provides high performance slicing
Cuts left or right handed
Retains edge 11 times longer than standard box cutter blades
On-board magnet with no-tool blade change
Multi-tool versatility is perfect for a variety of applications
- Weight2.08 ounces
Slice 112366 Ceramic Blade Safety Cutter is our choice for the best option if you’re looking for excellent value or are just on a budget. A small box cutter, it’s superbly portable and you can attach it to your keychain for easy coupon or package opening when on the move. Even if you have nothing to open, your friends and family will thank you for saving them struggling with stubborn plastic or cardboard packaging.
Though small (really small) it’s safe, easy, and comfortable to use, and this size doesn’t affect its performance. This is in part thanks to the high tech ceramic blade, which like other Slice box cutters holds its edge much better than steel and demands less care and maintenance. With it, there is no risk of oily blade damaging packaging and surfaces nor any corrosion to ensure quality with every cut.
Easy and safe performance that’s quick and efficient
High-tech ceramic blade almost as hard as diamonds and lasts longer than steel without rusting
Suitable for a variety of professional, hobbyist, and domestic uses
Built-in magnet and key loop hole make it easy to store and carry
Rubberized non-slip finish guarantees safe use
- Weight0.64 ounces
Arguably the best box cutter we’ve found today or any other day is the Slice 10400 Box Cutter. While expensive (hence its selection as the premium choice) we believe the amount of features and sheer reliability of the blade justifies this, giving you a ceramic box cutter you will fall in love with at first slice.
For versatile cutting ability, you can select from 3 different blade positions ranging from fully extended to 1/2”, semi-protruding, and fully hidden. This allows you to both tackle a variety of material thicknesses while also offering safety when the blade is not in use. The curved handle design also ensures comfort and control, providing you with a level of autonomy over your blade which isn’t always possible with slim finger-grip handles or casing.
3-position manual slider button allows blade to stay locked in 3 different positions
Zirconium oxide ceramic blade with rounded tip to ensure safety
1 slice ceramic blades is equal to 20 steel blades and does not rust or corrode
Fully extended protrudes 1/2” which is the perfect size for corrugated packages, foam, vinyl and cardboard
Less blade changes means you spend less on replacement parts in the long run
- Weight8 ounces
The Slice 10513 Pen Cutter is the final Slice box cutter we’ve selected and provides everything you expect from the Slice brand. Like the curved-handle box cutter, it offers 3 blade positions for accurate slicing for a variety of materials, but unlike the curved handle, its straight pen shape makes it easy to carry around in your trouser or chest pockets without feeling like it’s obstructing your work.
Again, the ceramic blade is sturdy and long-lasting with consistently high performance regardless of the material you tackle. It holds its edge for a long time, much longer than steel as we already know, and the tool-free blade change process means there’s no hassle and superb efficiency when the blade eventually dulls. The small blade makes this easy to accomplish without risking damage to the casing and mechanisms, too.
3-position multi slider operation provides multiple locked blade positions for varying demands
Ceramic blade is oxidation-resistant and long-lasting to ensure durability and consistent performance
Simple, no-tool blade change ensures efficiency
Remains sharp up to 11 times longer than steel
Non-magnetic, non-conductive, non-sparking
- Weight0.9 ounces
Shifting over to other brands and styles, the Cosco Easycut Cutter Knife is the first self-retracting box cutter on our list and is a stylish (as stylish as box cutters can be, anyway) option that would fit comfortably into any rolling tool box or craft drawer around the country. At just 2.4 ounces, it boasts a lightweight design easy to handle and carry, which is especially useful when on the go moving between job sites. However, it’s still not so light you forget it’s in your pocket, so there’s no risk of throwing it in with the week’s laundry.
The retractable blade is easy to use, and the edge guide ensures accuracy when cutting. The Easycut blade design provides the best performance possible and is reliable to ensure fast and efficient cutting which is always reliable. This guarantees you have an automatic box cutter which is safe, especially after use, intuitive and careful with whatever materials you need to cut from thick cardboard to slim plastic packaging with consistent results every time.
Lightweight plastic design for easy handling
Retractable blade with depth guide for accurate performance
Holds a spare blade for fast changing
Supports Easycut style blades for the best cutting results and reliability
Self-retraction function ensures safety after use
- Weight2.4 ounces
The Klever XChange Replaceable Box Cutter provides performance at a fraction of the cost of similar blades but still costs enough you can be sure of its high quality. The double-walled head is the perfect design for gliding through thick materials both with ease and safely, which makes it one of the best choices for a cardboard box cutter, and the curved blade gives you more substantial purchase in ensuring accurate cutting.
This recessed blade also prevents injuries, protecting the fingers (and your legs, if you put it in your pocket without retracting the blade), to ensure the only thing you need to worry about is efficient cutting. Inside the handle casing, there is a sheathed system to further protect the blade from damage even when you’re not using it or in transit to provide excellent longevity and consistent results.
Double walled head for cutting thick materials safely
Recessed blade prevents contact with fingers to prevent injuries
Sheathed system protects inner parts from blade to ensure longevity
Rubberized and ergonomic non-slip handle fits naturally in the hand
Easy blade replacement with a single click
- BrandKlever XChange
- ModelKCJ-XC-30Y Yellow Double Wall
- Weight0.16 ounces
The BoxBuddy Box Handle Cutter doesn’t look like your traditional box cutting tool, but that’s not something that should put you off its potential. The innovative design is ideal for cutting handles in boxes and while it may seem a little complicated at first glance, it’s actually highly intuitive and simple to use. Whether you need to cut handle holes into cardboard boxes or cartons, this is the product that will make such jobs much easier.
Its smart casing makes it safe to carry in your pocket or store in a kitchen drawer, and while it’s not designed for opening boxes, it’s still a useful addition to have around the house. The lightweight materials prevent dragging or catching on table surfaces or door handles, and also from falling out your pocket when bending down, ensuring durability.
Innovative tool design cuts handles into a variety of boxes, cartons, and cardboard
Makes lifting and moving boxes safe and easy with less pressure on your back
Intuitive design is safe and easy to use
Lightweight prevents dragging or obstructing movement when carried in your pocket
Secure casing protects you and others from harm when no in use
- Weight7.2 ounces
For guaranteed safety combined with superb performance, the heavy duty Pacific Handy Cutter S4L Safety Cutter is the perfect workman’s box cutter. Sturdy and crafted with a solid plastic handle that’s comfortable to hold throughout a myriad of demands when on the job.
The three-position blade means you can tackle a variety of material thicknesses without your productivity dropping nor finding any job too large. The heavy duty metal guards protect the blade and keep your fingers safe from accidents, and there’s also a built-in and heavy duty tape splitter for fast package opening. This addition is a simple one, but it saves adding unnecessary pressure on the blade when you want to save it for more demanding jobs and ensures the blade lasts as long as possible.
Left-handed cutter with safety guard that covers the blade and protects user
Three cutting positions for versatile performance
Easily accessible blade storage compartment holds up to replacement 5 blades
Heavy duty tape splitter included
Rigid metal guard construction ensures high-quality performance through multiple situations
- BrandPacific Handy Cutter
- Weight0.32 ounces
The Martor USA Secumax 350 is another great option for the warehouse or upholstery environment and provides a reliable, accurate cut with no hassle. It’s solid handle design, which looks suspiciously like something you’d find in a sci-fi video game, is tough but still easy to grip and is comfortable for fast and efficient cutting all throughout the day. Its polycarbonate construction gives it the ability to survive hazardous environments with ease, and even if you leave it behind one day, you can expect it’s still there and in one piece the next.
It’s also as safe as it is robust, with a concealed blade ensuring there are no accidents when it’s sitting expectantly in your pocket or waiting in the drawer for your next large Amazon delivery. Even in use, it provides excellent protection for you, anyone around you, the box, and the cutter itself all at the same time. This ensures durability and reliability while maintaining consistent performance which along with its tough construction makes it a trustworthy safety box cutter for all occasions.
Concealed blade ensures high level of safety when cutter is not in use
Sturdy design ensures durability while also protecting user and product simultaneously
Polycarbonate plastic is ideal for withstanding long use and hazardous environments
Replaceable head makes this an economical option
Cuts material up to 3/16” thick
- BrandMartor USA
- Weight1.44 ounces
Our final pick for the best box opener is the Pacific Handy Cutter EZ2 + Safety Cutter which is a safe and simple option for the home or worksite. The enclosed blade design protects you from harm while also ensuring there’s no damage or marring to the contents or whatever is beneath the cutting material. It also ensures your kids (or anyone you know who has a reputation of being clumsy) doesn’t come running to you complaining about cutting themselves.
This design is versatile and provides a two-sided cutting option while you’ll also have a tape splitter perfect for parcel, duct, and fabric tape. When the blade dulls, you can replace it easily which saves you money in the long run. The handle is comfortable for both left- and right-handed users and remains comfortable throughout the day, even if there’s no rubber handle casing like you find with other options.
Enclosed blade provides safe cutting option
Two sided long lasting stainless steel blade with heavy duty tape splitter
Replaceable blade system is economically conscious
Ambidextrous design is suitable for both left- and right-handed users
Ideal for cutting boxes, tape, and other materials either at home or the workplace
- BrandPacific Handy Cutter
- ModelEZ2 +
- Weight1.12 ounces