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5.0 out of 5 starsReplacing the blade couldn't be easier!
Reviewed in Australia on 15 October 2019
Most utility knives you need to use a screwdriver to take the old blade out, you end up using a dull blade which is a waste fo time and a safety issue. With the Fancii, changing blades takes almost no time at all- I was able to flip my blade to use the other side while up a ladder and with no additional tools. Such a great knife!
I really want to like this knife. The construction seems very solid and the blade stays locked when not in use. However, it has a flaw.
The tiny part that holds the blade in place is made out of plastic. After a year of light use, I discovered it was jammed (which meant I couldn't change the blade). I had to unscrew part of the utility knife to remove the dull blade, point at which the black plastic part broke off.
Without that part, nothing keeps the blade fixed to the rest of the knife, which means the blade can slide off at any point in time.
I really want to give this knife a higher rating, as everything else seems solidly built, but the knife is unusable without that plastic part securing the blade.
First, the good: it's easy to open and locks into place like you'd expect. If the blades are new, it cuts well (like you'd expect). It's light-weight and the folds away into a nice small form-factor. It'll work in a pinch if you get it 2-day or overnight.
The bad: the action started tight, but went sloppy enough at the end of a month that I wouldn't trust it to stay open in use. Day one, the belt clip was too high tension for quick stow and draw, and over the course of a week it lost all tension and became useless - it's the only tool I've had with such a poorly designed clip. After about two weeks, the folding mechanism starting failing to remain open and locked in use. Besides all that, the handle isn't very ergonomic and the blades it comes with dull very quickly on cardboard and plastic.
Now the ugly: you need a hex socket driver to remove or adjust any part of the knife, and the smaller ones on the belt clip are almost driven to stripping at the factory. If you unscrew anything, don't expect it to remain secure for long without applying loc-tite, which somewhat defeats the purpose. There's no way you're getting more than a year out of this knife unless you barely use it (those 5 extra blades are all you'll get out of it), and there's no easy way to fix it when it starts failing. Seems it's meant to be disposable.
I'd say you shouldn't buy this knife if you want something that'll last, it practically fell apart after two weeks of regular use in a warehouse, just opening cardboard boxes and cutting plastic wrap. I picked up a Coast and haven't looked back.
I was quite happy with this until today, when after 8 months of periodic use and changes of blade, that little black plastic button on the side of the blade holder cracked and the blade went flying solo and hit me in the leg. No damage done to me, just my clothes, but the button is toast and with it, so's the utility knife.
The fold lock button on the grip is metal. I really wish the blade lock button had been, as it's the weak point which did in an otherwise good tool. Wouldn't buy again while that plastic button remains a thing.
Pocket knife was an excellent purchase when it arrived as it not only looked sharp, but also functioned extremely well. Loved the fact that it not only had a belt clip, but also a ring to attach a any type if snap hook I had on my electrician belt. However, after about 3 weeks one of the screws from the belt clip piece fell out and is no where to be found. Now today (12/2/2017) I've just realized that another screw has popped loose and is nowhere to be found? Not only is this annoying as trying to find a screw this small may take several attempts, or impossible. But these screws can easily be picked up by my infant while crawling and turn into a a choking hazard. Was initially impressed by this utility knife, but the quality seems to be lacking.
I contacted the company approximately 2 months ago about the first knife being unable to lock the blade in place. They assured me this was uncharistic for this knife and were going to send me a replacement. I have not gotten the replacement. Two weeks ago the same thing happened to the 2nd knife. I hope they see this review and I can get both knives replaced. I have the broken knives if they would like them returned to them.
I used it exactly once to cut through 10mm EVA foam sheets. When the first blade dulled, I tried to push/hold the button to replace it. It wouldn't budge at all! I got so ticked after a 30 min battle, I applied too much pressure using a binder clip and a metal counter that something underneath the button broke. The blade comes out, but it won't hold a new blade in place. Going back to cheapo box cutters.
I loved this when I first got it. However, after a few months, the blade no longer stays secure. I'm not accidentally pressing the blade release button - the blade just easily slides in and out with hardly any effort, and it's fallen out a few times while I was using it. Very dangerous because it's so sharp (which is why I loved using it to open packages easily). For the record, I was only using it for light personal use, maybe once or twice a week over less than a year. Really disappointed. I also can't find a way to reach out to the manufacturer to see if they can help me resolve this issue.
If it didn't stop being usable in less than a year of light use, it would have been 5 stars from me.
Pocket hook likes to snag on anything and everything as it is flared too far out. Lost one knife because of this. Second knife purchased was defective, and the blade lock would not operate properly. Needs some work to flip open like the Milwaukee fastback, but does eventually get there. Knife is excessively bulky and doesnt really fold all the way, just enough to hide the edge. Feels solid, blades are very sharp, even for a razor, but overpriced for my experience with them ($14 each). Do not recommend.
I've had this for about 4 months and used it 8-12 times. Last night, while cutting a cardboard box, the black rubber piece that holds the blade in slipped and the blade came out and stuck in the box. Now, the blade won't completely stay locked in. Kinda worrisome that it could happen with razor blades. Can't seem to find warranty info or a customer service contact....
I was very impressed by the design of this knife. I primarily used it to cut cardboard boxes for recycling so I only used it once a week. After 4 months the tab that holds the blade secure in the knife seemed to have broken as the blade no longer stays secure in the knife and potentially becomes dangerous to use because of it. This seems like a design flaw in this product so I will not be purchasing another one and will look to something sturdier for my recycling needs.