GEC makes one now. It's fantastic.
Hey guys, for some reason I've been itching to try out an electricians knife, one of those two bladed jacks with a spear point blade and flat head screw driver. I believe they are also referred to as TL-29s. I'm wondering who made or makes a good quality one. Not looking to spend too much on it, but I do want one that is good condition with good snap and no blade wobble. Any suggestions on what to look for? Thanks.
GEC makes one now. It's fantastic.
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I would look at the secondary market; Camillus TL-29s are great knives. I got several, even on german fleabay, so it should be no problem getting them in the US. They can be had for really nice prices.
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I have been using my TL-29 I was issued in the air force in 1966. Mine is by Camillus, the screwdriver blade has a lock to prevent accidental closure. it's 47 years young and still going fine.
pretty much everyone has made the, I'd check out the secondary market fr old ones to try out the pattern though, they can be pocket hefty.
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Thanks for the replies. I didn't know that they were made by that many different brands. The only ones I'm familiar with is the ones with the black plastic scales. I'm assuming that those were the ones issued to the military, probably made by Camillus.
That's a cool variation SAK. I wonder what the purpose of that style blade on an electricians knife would be.
Antique malls/flea markets are good places to look. In fact, you're almost guaranteed to find a TL-29, they're so ubiquitous. Whether you'll find a quality one in good condition for a reasonable price is another matter, but that's the fun of the hunt, and you'll never find one if you don't go looking.
The teeth are for using it as a drywall saw. Actual electricians need to be able to cut holes in drywall for outlets and switch boxes. There's actually a very good video of it being used in that manner on STR's web site.
Here's a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRd_at4ZEWo
You can get a Camillus TL-29 for $20 or less by shopping, watch, and waiting. Sooner or later (sooner most likely), you'll find one for that price.
TL-29 = Tool, Lineman Number 29 on the Set, Kit, Outfit Component List for the Army's Tool Kit, Lineman's. Current kit is LIN: W43974, Component List: 5180-95-N48.
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Two of my best friends own a local electric company and I bought them both one of the new GEC's. After using roughly the same pattern from different makers they both said that the GEC is superior. The drywall saw is a feature they really appreciate.
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This was my first work knife back in the 70's as I helped summers at my Dad's shop....It ended up in my toolbox at home and I still have it..
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