Help identify this electrician's(?) knife

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Old 12-30-15, 07:25 PM
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Help identify this electrician's(?) knife

Posting this in electrical forum even though it's tool related as I believe this is an electricians tool.

I bought this probably 40 years ago from Jensen tools. It has served me well and I would like to purchase a couple more. It has three blades, but the one showing in the picture is the one I'm interested in. It has a blunt point that makes quick work of skinning romex, SJO, etc. The blade is sharpened on the end so when you slip the blunt point under the romex sheath, you can quickly slit the sheath to whatever length you like. I'm aware there are purpose made tools for romex, and own several, but the beauty of this is it works on almost any cable and you also have the utility of a pocket knife.

One blade is marked Klein tools, but no model number. I've searched the Klein site and they don't seem to make anything like it any more, and I don't know what to call this to search for it. I've not had any luck just searching for electrician's knife. Anyone know what this type of blade is called and if anyone makes a similar knife anymore?
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Old 12-30-15, 09:03 PM
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Any chance it was custom made/altered? I had a similar looking knife long ago that had a broken blade which I ground down and used for a screwdriver to take off switch plates prior to painting.
 
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Yep, that has the blade! Not an exact duplicate but close enough. Not sure how I managed to miss that with my searching of the Klein site. Clever of them not to list it in the electricians section.

Thanks X!
 
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I thought about modifying a stock knife if I couldn't find one, but that one came that way new. One of the other blades had a flat screwdriver tip, another handy feature.

'course, long gone are the days when a flat tip and #2 Phillips would open anything....
 
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the links wouldn't work for me earlier or now
 
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They work ok for me...if you search for Klein 1550-10 it should get you there.

And with that help from X, I was able to find my exact knife (or at least really close), a Klein 1550-9. It's apparently out of production, but there seem to be a few around in stock. I'll buy a couple for late Christmas gifts...
 
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Link still isn't working for me but I assume this is where it goes - Search | Klein Tools - For Professionals since 1857
 
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Glad to help. There are a couple vintage sets for sale on ebay as well, they have the stripper you want.
 
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