Top positive review
Great Xacto knife set, but case needs work to be safe and usable.
February 3, 2019
I am mirroring what another reviewer had to say about this knife set, but am going to do something about it. The issue with this set is that the knife section is encased in a cheap plastic insert rather than a secure boxed section that should stay in place. I am going to use modeling clay to pack into the plastic insert to give the plastic insert some backing and add a hefty weight to the case as well. I will also be adding a small stick of some sort to help gently lift the knife handles out since the current setup is, to put it bluntly, not safe. Xacto needs to do something like this to make the knife set a little less inclined to slip and pop the knives out in an uncontrolled manner.
The other huge flaw is that the blades on the top, which are held in by a magnetic strip, come out as a whole when the box is closed and then opened again. This is because the glue used to hold the magnetic strip in is cheap and doesn't adhere to the backing. A little Elmers glue fixed that on mine.
Otherwise, the blades and knife holders are top notch. I just think some bean counter at Xacto got a little too zealous and took a beautiful knife set and pinched pennies when they could have left well enough alone.
Further Update - Feb 2019: I bought "Sargent Art Plastilina Modeling Clay, 5-Pound, White " and used it to fill in the space in the cheap plastic base under the knife set. It worked beautifully. The box, which is really a nice wooden box, really has this nice weighty feel and the knives can now be easily pulled out with no chance of slippage or the entire plastic piece coming out and possibly stabbing you. Between the Elmer's glue for the magnetic strip and the modeling clay, this makes this knife set much safer. Xacto, I hope you are listening because here is the deal: We PAY for quality. Not for cheap junk. The knives are great, but we expect quality in EVERY aspect of your products, including the packaging and holders/boxes that come with the product. Quality never goes out of fashion and is remembered, but cheap and lousy products get remembered even more so. Be the Quality player and not the bean counter cheapness kings looking to save a buck. Just my 2-cents.