Milwaukee Introduces Next Generation of Fastback

Milwaukee Introduces Next Generation of Fastback

Over 5 years ago, the first Milwaukee Fastback utility knife was introduced. I bought a one soon after it was released and I’ve used a Fastback for my every day carry (EDC) ever since. It fits so well in the hand, is very fast to deploy, and has tool-less blade change. The first knife only held one blade, the next iteration held two blades, and now the soon released third iteration holds 5 blades. Milwaukee assures me that the additional storage doesn’t make the knife any wider than the Fastback 2. (Fastback 2 Review)Milwaukee Fastback Utility Knife 3-1

The next generation also adds a compact utility knife to the lineup. It only holds one blade but allows the user to choke up a little on the blade without risk of the fingers slipping down onto the cutting edge. The compact version also includes a flat stainless steel belt clip which some users have been asking for.

Milwaukee Introduces Next Generation of Fastback


MILWAUKEE, WI- When Milwaukee Tool introduced its first Fastback utility knife, it set a new industry standard for cutting on the jobsite. Now, the company raises the bar once again by introducing a next generation Fastback™ Flip Utility Knife w/ Blade Storage, designed with the same trademark features users have come to know and love. Milwaukee® also announces a smaller, more compact version of the Fastback™ knife with the introduction of the Fastback™ Compact Flip Utility Knife. Milwaukee Fastback Utility Knife 3-3

“The original Milwaukee® Fastback Utility Knife has been iconic since it was first introduced to the industry, and the innovation behind it has set the bar for all other utility knives that have followed,” said Bobby Shaw, Vice President of Product Marketing for Milwaukee Tool. “We’ve now fully redesigned these tools to make them even better than the originals by offering a version with increased blade storage, as well as a more compact version. And we’ve done it all without sacrificing their ergonomic shape or ease of opening, which are defining features for Fastback™ fans.”Milwaukee Fastback Utility Knife 3-2

Similar to the original Fastback™ and Fastback™ II, the Utility Knife w/Blade Storage and the Compact Flip Utility Knife are designed to maximize productivity on the jobsite with Press & Flip one-handed opening. In addition, quick blade changes allow users to make blade replacements quickly and easily.

The Fastback™ Flip Utility Knife w/ Blade storage increases blade capacity to 5 blades – one in the tool and four in the storage door, allowing users to fit an entire 5-pack of blades in their tool – all while maintaining the same thickness of the Fastback™ II Flip Utility Knife. It also incorporates a 45 degree cut position, designed to make easier pull cuts. The Fastback™ Flip Utility Knife w/Blade Storage also includes an integrated gut hook, wire form clip, and wire stripper to improve overall productivity.

Milwaukee Fastback Utility Knife 3-6For users who prefer a smaller-sized knife, the Compact Fastback™ was designed to easily fit in the pocket. And, while many other small knives on the market require special blades, the Compact Fastback™ uses a standard size utility blade – allowing users to easily make blade replacements using the same blades across all of their utility knives, without the need to purchase a set of smaller blades.

Backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the new Fastback™ Knives confirm Milwaukee’s commitment to best-in-class durability and their relentless commitment to provide innovative solutions to the end user that will increase productivity. The iconic Fastback™ line will continue to grow with innovative cutting solutions.

Model Options

Fastback™ Flip Utility Knife with Blade Storage (48-22-1903)

Fastback™ Compact Flip Utility Knife (48-22-1906)

Quick Reference
MSRP: 48-22-1903 ($14.99); 48-22-1906 ($8.99) 
Available: 48-22-1903 (June 2016); 48-22-1906 (May 2016)Milwaukee Fastback Utility Knife 3-4

About Milwaukee Tool

Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in both durability and performance by providing the best in professional, heavy-duty tools and accessories. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions.  Whether it is through their leadership in LITHIUM-ION technology, as seen in the M12™, M18™ & M28™ Systems, time-saving accessories or innovative hand tool products,  Milwaukee is dedicated to delivering a steady stream of advanced solutions for the trades that offer increased productivity and unmatched durability. Milwaukee Tool is a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based subsidiary of Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. (TTI) (HKEx stock code: 669, ADR symbol: TTNDY). For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® products, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit

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Jeff Williams

Contributing Editor Jeff Williams is a carpenter for a commercial General Contractor specializing in concrete, steel, and wood buildings. Jeff comes from a long line of contractors. His parents started a commercial General Contracting firm many years ago and it has afforded him life-long, hands-on learning opportunities from rough and fine carpentry all the way to structural steel and concrete. Jeff has a Construction Management degree and loves the thrill of coordinating and successfully managing large jobs from start to finish. Inspired by the difficulties sometimes encountered to complete punch lists his motto is, "Work hard until the job is done."


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