Where the heck is the Milwaukee Fastback 3 utility knife?
I’ll answer that in a moment but before I do, let me ask and then answer a question of my own: why is this important?
Milwaukee says that they redesigned the Fastback 3 to be even better than the Fastback II, which introduced on-board blade storage to the Fastback folding utility knife line.
They’ve increased the number of blades you can store within the tool, without having to make changes to the ergonomic shape of the knife, or changing how it opens. This new version can now hold 1 blade in the tool, and 4 more in the storage door.
But the Fastback 3 isn’t just about built-in blade storage. It also offers a new 45° cutting position, which Milwaukee says should make pull cuts easier.
With that angle, you can hold the knife handle in a more relaxed and ergonomic position.
You also get a built-in cutting hook, formed wire pocket clip, and a wire stripper.
Ok, so where the heck is it?
It looks to me that the Fastback 3, which Milwaukee simply describes as the Fastback flip utility knife with blade storage, replaces the Fastback II. And why not? With the Fastback 3, there Fastback II has been made redundant.
Look for the Fastback with model number 48-22-1903.
If you want to buy it in-store, Home Depot say they have it, but they seem to have merged product pages for the Fastback II and 3 knives. Acme has it online.
Oh, you don’t need or want on-tool blade storage? You don’t need a cutting hook? You want something smaller?
Say hello to the Milwaukee Compact Fastback utility knife, model 48-22-1906. It’s a new smaller Fastback knife, and it still takes standard utility knife blades.