November 29, 2011 14:43 ET

Wiss Introduces New Auto-Retracting Utility Knife for Improved Safety

SPARKS, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 29, 2011) - Wiss, a 163-year-old brand from Apex Tool Group known for durability and performance, today announced the introduction of its Auto-Retracting Utility Knife, which automatically retracts its blade the moment it loses contact with the material being cut. This distinctive safety feature engages even if the user is still holding the blade slider forward in the open position.

"The new Auto-Retracting Utility Knife is a breakthrough solution to improve safety throughout the workplace," said Chris Lance, product manager for Wiss. "Unlike standard knives, the new Wiss knife reduces the likelihood of injury and makes every cutting job safer."

The auto-retract mechanism cannot be overridden under normal use. To improve efficiency, blade changes are quick and easy, and the tool accepts all standard utility knife blades. The Wiss Auto-Retracting Utility Knife is currently available at home improvement and hardware retailers and through industrial distributors nationwide. To see a video of this revolutionary new product in use, visit

Wiss tools offer exceptional reliability, performance and value. For more information, visit

About Wiss:
Wiss is a premier scissors, snips, and specialty trade tools brand from Apex Tool Group, one of the largest hand tool manufacturers in the world. Wiss has been the leading brand in aviation snips for over 50 years, driven by two simple principles: performance and durability. Wiss puts those same qualities into every product in its line. So no matter what Wiss tool you use, you can count on getting exceptional performance and long life. Additional information about Wiss products is available online at

About Apex Tool Group:
Apex Tool Group, LLC, based in Sparks, MD, is one of the largest worldwide producers of industrial hand and power tools, tool storage, drill chucks, chain, and electronic soldering products. Directly and through its subsidiaries, Apex serves a multitude of global markets, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, energy, hardware, industrial, and consumer retail. Apex markets its portfolio of diverse products under its own brand names in addition to being the principal manufacturer for several key private label products for certain retailers for many years. Additional information about Apex Tool Group is available at

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