Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 54
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by erikw777 Clip works great as a pocket clip, no problems. Bounce-back on open is annoying.
Bought this knife a couple months ago, and I still can't open it cleanly 100% of the time: the blade bounces back about half the time when opening one-handed. The button has to be released precisely when lock is engages. Mess up the timing, and the blade swings back.
The clip works great in the pocket, not on belt.
Weight of knife is a bit heavy. I am considering grinding off some of the excess die-cast material from the handle to slim it down and lighten it up. Will post before & after pics if I do.
Can't beat the super-solid quality overall. Heavy and sturdy, feels solid in hand.
The finger notch works great and gives confidence: no slipping even if wet or slimy.
String cutter feature is cool and actually useful.
Wire stripper works well but keeping fingers away from the blade means you want to use it only for one-off or emergency situations, not everyday wire stripping.
I like this knife. I am still working on deploying it cleanly every time (and closing it without the bounce-back issue too!).
I have cut a lot of cardboard and heavy rubber material with NO issues of the blade coming out. That would be a deal breaker, but this one keeps its blade, no problem.
The extra blade holder is a little bit cutesie and adds a lot of width to the body of the knife. Seems a bit than necessary, or could hold 2 - 3 blades in the same amount of space.
A slimmer, lighter version that is still solid and opens & closes without bouncing back would be great. Hopefully Milwaukee designers are already planning revisions for the Fastback III.
May 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OA Great all round purchase and highly recommended
First of all I always appreciate a great looking piece of gear and for just shy of 15 bucks, this is probably the best looking tool box staple that you can get for the money. Next, I can't praise enough how smooth and easy to use the one handed opening and closing mechanism is. I hate using those thumb slides on retractable knives. They make a utility knife seem like a piece of stationary more at home in a child's pencil case or something my grandmother would keep in her sewing kit rather than a versatile tool found in an avid DIY'ers tool box. I have used mine regularly for the past 4 months, mostly for breaking up cardboard boxes for recycling but also for other varied tasks like trimming banana trees, cutting vinyl drawer liners to size and cutting garden hose. Haven't opened it up yet to clean and/or lubricate because everything still works like a well oiled machine but seems enough to do when the need arises. Rounding off the list of features is the convenient on board blade storage (albeit for one blade only) and the gut hook which I haven't used yet.
December 8, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Flyboy This is the best utility knife I've ever
Needs different belt clip design. I've used a lot of different utility knives, and this has been the best, it just has a weak belt clip.
April 2, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by bulldog fastback II
i use this for everything,when it's not on my belt i'm naked. one handed is great ,balanced nicely,xtra blade a plus over the first one, don't like the belt clip,three years just broke my fourth clip,gonna try to fabricate a flat steel one instead of the wire
March 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Daniel Daniel
Nice. durable safe easy good grip and stylish w/ extra blade holder (magnet) great awesome beautiful.
November 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dean One of the Best Utility Knifes I Ever Used
I purchased the Fastback II Flip Utility Knife for cutting 3/4 inch thick rubber matting. I did not trust to get the job done with the knifes I already owned. The Fastback II was sturdy, very erogonimical, and perfect for the job. This has to be the best utility knife I own or ever used. The Fastback II steadily held the blade in place to make the desired cuts with ease. I didn't worry about the blade popping out as I have experienced in the past when applying pressure while cutting with other knifes. Also, the magnet flip action is a great feature to have for closing and opening.
July 8, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYGUY Great Knife for homeowner
I purchased this after returning another utility knife that broke after 3 days of use. I have enjoyed using this knife so much. The folding locking blade is very nice and easy to understand. The handle is nice and sturdy and feels good and natural holding it in my hand. Swapping blades out is a breeze and both the blade being stored and the blade being used stay well secured. Very user friendly. My wife uses this on some of her craft projects and loves it. I would recommend this knife to any homeowner who needs a utility knife for around the house projects, it makes those household honey do's a breeze. I have not used the gut part of the knife so I can't review that part. I dinged the value of it because I think it could probably drop in price between 10-12 dollars and they would sell a whole lot more.
January 30, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Steve Can't beat the one-handed operation
I've owned many many utility knives in my life. The retractable blade was the first big innovation allowing for safe storage and one-handed opening. The problem was after extended use with dry wall the blade would become encrusted and refuse to retract. Then, somebody invented the folding utility knife which was safe and convenient but it required two hands to get it open. Enter Milwaukee. Press the button and flick your wrist and it's ready to work. I especially like the belt clip which easily secures to the pocket in a pair of jeans. I'm sold. I think this is the best design on the market.
July 3, 2013