FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool Review

FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multitool

Never heard of FanastiCAR multitools?  I hadn’t either until my wife’s cousin’s kid wanted one like her brothers.  Her brothers wanted their knives more for the novelty than anything else, and their parents suspected their daughter just wanted one for the sake of having one, so when Sam went on a mission to find something cheap as a starter knife to see if she liked it, she got a purple FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool.

I later bought one for ourselves, and I got the one with a black finish, so that’s what we’ll be looking at today.

Specs

  • Total Length: 3.85″
  • Blade Length: Varies by Tool
  • Blade Material: N/A – Some Kind of Stainless Steel
  • Blade Shape: Drop Point
  • Deployment: Manual
  • Lock Type: N/A
  • Handle Material: Aluminum and Stainless Steel

TL;DR

If you’re looking for a cheap multitool knife to use as an EDC or to take on hikes or camping trips, the FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool isn’t a bad choice.  It can’t handle some of the torque or heavy-duty stuff that a Victorinox can, but for a cheap-end Swiss Army Knife, you can’t go wrong.  It does fine for most jobs, although I dislike the black lacquer stuff they put on the blades for the black version of the knife.  This can be avoided if you buy the purple version, but I don’t know how many people want to carry that.

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First Impressions

The first thing we noticed when we bought Sam’s cousin one was that it was a little smaller than anticipated.  I expected something closer to the size of a Victorinox Swiss Army Knife with a similar number of tools, but that’s far from a deal breaker, especially in a knife we initially bought for a child.

The FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool is surprisingly hefty for such a cheap knife.  Granted, multi-tool knives are usually heavier than your basic pocket knife, but I underestimated the weight of this in the hand.  It feels good and right to me; I usually like something that feels solid.

The downside is that, while it’s heavy and the tools don’t wobble, it doesn’t quite have the durability of some of the other Swiss Army Knives.  Don’t expect to do anything too rough with these tools, but they’re fine for small tasks.

The uncoated version is easier to get the tools out of, but the black-coated version I bought for myself is a real pain to open until you break it in.  Expect broken fingernails for a while.  While Sam’s cousin had to break in her daughter’s knife a little,  the uncoated tools loosened more easily.

Ultimately, I like this knife.  I won’t take it on any bushcraft expeditions, but it works for a lot of stuff.  I especially like the screwdriver and the fact that you can get it for bargain bin prices.

Tools

All in all, I’m impressed with the FantastiCAR’s tools.  The knife on mine came sharp, which struck me as odd because I’m used to having to sharpen my Swiss Army Knives right when I get them.  This one worked well right out of the box.

In fact, all of the tools worked well.  Phillips screwdrivers come in handy around my house, so I love having this knife in my pocket.  I don’t care for the black coating on them (I’ll look for an uncoated version next time), but aside from making the tools feel a little rubbery and making them hard to deploy, it doesn’t seem to impact the quality at all.

The tools don’t wobble when they’re out and being used, either, so it’s pretty solid.

The downside is that you can only use them for light work.  Some of this comes down to the steel used.  I couldn’t find exactly what kind of steel this uses, but it’s on the softer side.

It also comes down to the screws used.  I think they’re a little small for this knife, so when doing tougher jobs or using torque (the can opener had this problem especially), they feel like they could snap off.  Just be careful and know their limits.

Handle

The steel is covered with something rubber, or at least something that feels like rubber.  It makes the grip amazing, honestly.  In fact, I like the FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool better than many of my Leatherman and Victorinox multitool knives.  Yes, that’s saying something.  Those are basically the standards of multitool knives, so to have a better grip and handle than them means you’re doing something right.

I can’t really think of a downside here.  I like the handle a lot and wish more knives would adopt it.

Weight

I expected something light and was pleasantly surprised that this knife has a good heft.  It’s very solid, although you wouldn’t know it by looking at the price tag and the pictures of it online.  You’ll certainly feel it in your pocket until you get used to it, although that’s to be expected of most Swiss Army Knives with many tools in them.  Multitool knives in general just have more weight to them than standard pocket knives.

All in all, the FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool feels similar to a comparable Victorinox Swiss Army Knife when you hold it.

Carrying and Deployment

Sam included this knife in her post the 7 Best Pocket Knives for Women because of the size of this knife.  It turns out, despite what we thought when checking it out on Amazon, the FantastiCAR 15-in-1 Multi-Tool is smaller than a Victorinox of similar numbers of tools.  This means it’s able to be carried easily in a kid’s pocket as well as a grown woman’s tiny pockets.

Deployment is a little difficult, though.  The coating on some versions of the FantastiCAR multitool knife makes the tools a nail-breaking pain in the posterior to open.  It took a seriously long time for me to break them in, but the uncoated knives aren’t as bad.  The coating just makes them jam-packed in the haft.

Final Thoughts

This is a fantastic-but-cheap EDC knife for anyone into Swiss Army Knives or multitools.  The steel isn’t quite as great as a Victorinox, but that’s to be expected.

If you’re a woman looking for a multitool pocket knife and are used to wearing pants with smaller pockets, then this is a great option for you.  I would also recommend this knife for kids who want a pocket knife of their own but whose parents don’t want to shell out a lot of money for something that might just be a phase.

I like mine.  I always have a multitool knife on my person (well, almost always), and the black version of this knife is one I find myself carrying around the house a lot.

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