The Best Putty Knife

The Best Putty Knife

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It’s this last part—the handle—that really sets this knife apart from the rest. While the handles on other putty knives are blocky or made of hard plastic, the Craftsman’s is nicely shaped to fit the hand and a rubbery padding makes using it even more comfortable. Its long length also offered the best leverage to really smoosh putty into a nail hole or crack. Prepping a room for painting can take hours, so we really appreciated these comfort and ease-of-use features.

Our pick

Craftsman 1-½-inch Flex Stainless Putty Knife

Craftsman 1-½-inch Flex Stainless Putty Knife

Our pick

Putty knives are basic tools, but what sets the Craftsman apart is a comfortable handle, a stainless blade that resists rust, and an extra half an inch of putty-pushing leverage.

Buying Options

Buy from Sears

May be out of stock

For something that only costs around $6, we were impressed with the overall quality of the Craftsman; the corners of the blade are sharp and the leading edge is perfectly straight and crisp. The base of the handle has a metal cap for tapping the lid back on a paint can and it has held up well to repeated use. Unfortunately Sears, which sells the knife exclusively, announced bankruptcy. The knife is still available for now, but if that ceases to be the case, we think our runner-up pick makes a great alternative.

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Also great

Husky 1-1/2 in. Flexible Putty Knife

Husky 1-1/2 in. Flexible Putty Knife

Runner-up

The Husky is the same tool as the Craftsman, but a small design detail in the handle makes it slightly less comfortable to hold.

Buying Options

$2* from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $0.

We also liked the Husky DSX15F 1-½-inch Flexible Putty Knife, because it’s the same tool as the Craftsman (it likely has the same original manufacturer). Other than the color of the handle, the only small difference is that the Husky has two plastic ridges wrapping around the grip area. These are simply a design detail, but when using the tool and pressing down on it, you can feel the ridges against your thumb. We preferred the smoothness of the Craftsman. Obviously, this is a minor detail, so if it’s inconvenient to get the Craftsman knife, the Husky is a great second option.

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Our pick

Craftsman 1-½-inch Flex Stainless Putty Knife

Craftsman 1-½-inch Flex Stainless Putty Knife

Our pick

Putty knives are basic tools, but what sets the Craftsman apart is a comfortable handle, a stainless blade that resists rust, and an extra half an inch of putty-pushing leverage.

Buying Options

Buy from Sears

May be out of stock

Also great

Husky 1-1/2 in. Flexible Putty Knife

Husky 1-1/2 in. Flexible Putty Knife

Runner-up

The Husky is the same tool as the Craftsman, but a small design detail in the handle makes it slightly less comfortable to hold.

Buying Options

$2* from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $0.

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