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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!
It's awesome but.... As you can see in the CUSTOMER IMAGES, the knife does not close to the same degree of 99.9% of folding knives.
Don't get me wrong, I see why this is the case... Hovever it could've been designed differently. Of course in retrospect I notice that the Amazon images themselves don't show the knife in the closed position. I can see why. It would turn off a majority percentage of the usual knife guys, like me.
Other than that it's awesome. Looking to grab another pack of blades, possibly stanley/carbide, I believe it is.
I've been keeping the little plastic triangle guard on the tip of the blade in case someone else gets ahold of my knife and doesn't realize the razor sharp nature of it quickly enough.
The red color gives it the appearance of a fireman's tool, for safety purposes.
I cut up a box like butter. Had a huge box from a medium sized child's couch and it took about 7 seconds to transform the box into a playhouse with windows and doors, etc...
Used this knife for about 1 and a half years and I would say it's worth the $16-17 I paid, given I use it every working day.
The thing with this knife is the body or the grip part is held by three allen screws,and the knife holding part is held by another three allen screws. As time goes by as you use it more and more, these screws will fall apart. If you don't lose these screws and nuts you can just keep on re-tightening them and the knife will last longer as long as you keep repairing it. But if you lose them, either you have to find new sets of screws and nuts or it's done its usefulness.
I've lost one of the screw that's holding the blade for a long time, like maybe starting from nine months in, but with two screws it can still hold the blade, but last week I just lost another one and it can no longer hold the blade. I can try and find screws and bolts that fit and repair it but in the end I opt for just buying a Milwaukee utility flipping knife for $14-15 bucks. It'll go on sale sometimes in HD for like $12-13. Either way it's cheaper than this FC. I just started using the Milwaukee so I can't tell if its better or worse than this, but the FC does include 5 more spare blades and not the Milwaukee. But I won't say the 5 blades worth more than the $2 difference.
This folding knife is excellent as advertised. Overall I give it a 4+. My only complain was the knife holster. That is the cheapest and very lousy holster that the manufacturer made. I strap the holster on my belt and broke. You can tell by the looks that it is very, very cheap quality. Overall the knife is excellent but you got to do something about the holster. This is a ridiculous holster.
I'm looking for a utility knife with one hand close and open and I bought this to compare with the Milwaukee fastback flip knife. The Fancii knife opens and closes with one hand, but I don't think it's as good as the Milwaukee. The fancii opens easily, but closing it is a little less decisive than the Milwaukee. The Milwaukee might be a little heavier at the flip part, so opening and closing it is just more solid.That being said, I once closed the Milwaukee on my nail and cut myself pretty deeply, so maybe it's better that the close is more "gentle". I think the Fancii is a close second to the Milwaukee, and frankly, I haven't found any other options anyway. I ended up buying a few of these and they'll be sharing duty with my many Milwaukee's
I purchased the same knife last year (May 2018), except in silver with a wood-grain handle (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077STF4MJ/) and loved it! Everything about it was great. So I decided to purchase a couple more since I am prone to misplacing things.
In August 2019, I ordered 2 of these in red because the color is easier to find. I still think these are very well designed utility knives, but the weak point is the one bit of plastic: the push button for replacing the blade. While using one, I nearly cut myself when the blade slid out of the knife. It wasn't immediately clear why the blade would not stay in so I compared it to the other one and noticed the plastic blade retainer was broken. Obviously, I can no longer use this one for safety reasons.
Keep in mind I have three of these, use them frequently, and only experienced this failure on one. Though I am concerned and test the blade retainer is intact before each use now.
This would be the perfect utility knife if they replaced the one plastic button with a metal one.
This utility knife is - with one exception - solidly constructed and fits well in the hand. Changing blades is easy with the push-to-release blade lock - which, unfortunately, is made of plastic - the only non-metal part of the entire assembly. The knife blade end can fold (partially) into the handle, making it relatively safe to carry in one's pocket between uses. It comes with a heavy cloth belt pouch for which to my observation is reasonably well-constructed - no loose stitches or hanging threads like some earlier reviewers noted - I suspect that the mfr. worked on improving the quality of this item in recent builds. I have had no reason to contact their customer service but I did receive a nice follow-up email from the manufacturer (Fancii) indicating that they would do whatever they could to ensure my satisfaction.
Some pros and cons:
Pro: - Solid, (mostly) all-metal construction. Fits comfortably in the hand. - Folds (almost) in half, making it safe and easy to carry in a pocket. Also has a unobtrusive belt clip. - Changing blades is very easy, has a press-to-release blade lock (also a 'con' - see below). - Comes with a heavy cloth belt pouch which comfortably but firmly holds the knife when folded. Not waterproof, but should keep the knife dry unless fully immersed. - Manufacturer appears to stand behind their product. - Worth the price paid.
Con: - The blade release button is made of plastic. I fear that this part could break if the knife blade was subjected to a hard shock (like dropping it such that it landed on the blade tip on a hard surface). This is the only major 'con' I have regarding the knife's construction, which is why I only gave it a 4-star review. - Packaging: You'll need a heavy duty scissors or even a tin snips/shears to open it. - Blade does not fold fully into the handle. This is a minor complaint, as it does fold far enough into the handle to keep the sharp end of the blade covered. It's still reasonably compact in its folded state.