multi-use hand-held power cutter
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Cutter with Power

This Old House editorial assistant and resident tool guy Sal Vaglica—an expert opener of several products and packages a day—gets right through just about any kind of plastic or cardboard with this power tool. "I just zip around three edges, and even the most amazingly annoying packages open right up," he says. With its Auto Sharp blade, not getting boxes and packages opened is hardly an option. The lithium-ion battery holds charge for up to 18 months, and the battery fuel gauge will tell you when you're running out of juice. This cutter isn't just for quelling wrap rage; you can use it on everything from wrapping paper to carpeting (up to ¼" thick). About $60; Skil
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