Fantastic Ice Scraper

Ice Scraper.jpeg I bought this Fantastic Ice Scraper in 1982 at a gas station in Wisconsin. It's such a superior scraper that I've been careful to make sure it transferred from disposed-of vehicle to replacement vehicle four times since then. The thin, stiff, but mildly conforming brass blade slides easily between ice and glass and does so without scratching because brass is softer than glass. Oh, yeah, it still costs $2. Important: don't use it to hack at the ice because you may deform the brass blade, after which it won't slide between ice and glass well at all. -- Jeff Morrow Brass blade is the real deal. I've given these to friends and family because they are so much better than the crappy plastic ones. Brass is soft enough to not damage the glass. The blade is thin and not really sharp to the touch, but is great on ice. The plastic scrapers get dull pretty quickly and then just skip over really tough ice. -- Scott Christensen Had one of these for years and it was the best I have ever used. You just have to be careful about hitting the rubber gasket with it - it will cut. That is the reason the blade is not as wide as the blade holder. -- Jim Sheafer Fantastic Ice Scraper $2 Comment on this at Cool Tools. Or, submit a tool!


  1. As a resident of Houston, I do not understand. Why would you put ice on your windshield? Did it fall out of your cooler?

  2. But is brass softer than plastic headlights? Are there any scrapers where one end is brass and the other is plastic?

  3. i was just using mine about 30 minutes ago. finally getting some snow/ice in western mass. a friend gave it to me a few years ago, i’ve been preaching about it ever since.

  4. Agreed, the brass edge is superior to any plastic model. Even the two handed models are a joke in comparison.

    I don’t know about non-safety glass surfaces, like sunroofs and such. I don’t think you should be scraping that to begin with.

  5. Like the brass thing, but I’d rather wait for an advice from the Great White North! They are better equipped in Canada.

    1. As a Canadian, I can honestly tell you I have no idea. I have never owned an ice scraper, nor do I see any immediate need to. Here in BC, I’ve never experienced an iced windshield, and if confronted with the situation I’d probably be trying to chip it off with my teeth or something stupid.

  6. I had one of these years ago and loved it. Purchased, I think, at Kmart. Sadly it broke after a couple of winters and I never found another. Glad to see it’s still available.

  7. I pour single malt scotch on such iced obstruant windshield.

    Two more fingers thins the blood quiet nicely.

  8. I had one of these years ago and loved it! The brass never scratched my windshield and served me through a few hard winters.

  9. When I was a kid in the 80s in Alaska these were the *only* ice scrapers we had or that I’d ever really seen. As time has gone by they’ve all but disappeared. When I bought a car a few years ago, my dad handed me a blue one of these he’d had for over 25 years and told me in a very grave tone of voice to take VERY good care of it and never lose it or loan it out because you just can’t find them anymore.

    I cannot WAIT to buy a bunch of these to surprise my dad with! :D

  10. Mega dittos to BB. I was going to surprise dear old dad with the zombie-influenced dildo till I found out about such a “Fantastic Ice Scaper”!!!!

    Thanks be to god for product placement!!?

    1. Point noted and agreed. I have a long term plan to kiss winter goodbye! You never have to worry about hot patches on the road, or scrape steam off of your windshield or shovel heat off your sidewalk. And it’s much easier to dress for hot weather-if worse comes to worse, you don’t have to dress at all! LOL

  11. Snow and ice are fantastic, I could never live anywhere that didn’t get a good seasonal ice-storm.

    I got one of these from the Boy Sprouts, and broke the handle after five years. Best scraper I ever had, and I also have one of those giant two-handers for busting 3″ ice under a foot of snow.

    It is a joy to know I can get more. Solstice gifts here I come!

  12. Has anyone had success with this scraper? I need something like plastic to pick at the sarder stuff before going to the brass blades, this one (while certainly more pricey), looks like it would fit the bill.

  13. Really, BB? Gizmodo all funny over a chair with a lamp glued to it and now an ice scraper? Maybe it’s because I don’t drive, but that seems soul-crushingly boring.

  14. while I’m positive on the Cool Tools posts generally, and it is heartening that there are still useful things that really work as advertised still being manufactured; to me, this post really underlines the big-picture problem that the f**king ice scraper’s utility has outlived the damn vehicle it scrapes 4 TIMES OVER for the submitter. Damn you, auto industry! Step yo game up, Detroit!

  15. I concur! We had one when we lived in Iowa, and it was the best scraper we ever had! Sadly, we’ve lost it, and in the years since haven’t been able to find another one here in Missouri. We’ve tried many styles, but none have ever compared to the brass one.

  16. I have a similar scraper which has so far outlasted 3 long lived cars and a marriage. Mine advertised itself as having a “bronze” edge though. Mine probably cost a bit more than the very reasonable $2 Amazon wants for the “Fantastic.” Mine is also a bit beefier.
    One thing though, be very careful on the side view mirrors as some of them are a very hard, molded plastic (I assume) rather than glass and the bronze/brass will scratch them!

  17. I used to use the old reliable CD Case which was always to be had, now I guess I will use my iPod. I might have to sharpen up an edge first though.

  18. And actually made in the USA. I didn’t think American companies actually manufactured anything any more.

  19. I have one of these. It was a gift from my business partner who was moving back east (wha-?) to be near her family. I live in California. And so had she for 12 years.

    I think perhaps she forgot about the snow and ice she’d encounter in Philly. Nevertheless, I have the ice scraper and it was a life-saver for me when I drove (stupidly) into a blizzard around Truckee. Thanks for the scraper, L.. Works phenomenally, and I think it’s probably over 20 years old.

  20. When I moved from Michigan to San Jose I was astonished to see my neighbor using a bucket of water to remove ice (okay frost) from his windshield.

  21. I saw these when I was a kid. I don’t see these any more. Wish I would of known about this days earlier. I have ICE under all the snow here in WI… wouldn’t mind buying 2 (1 for the car & 1 to hack ice with when my car gets stuck).

  22. Argh! Thanks for telling us about a Cool Tool that ISN’T BLOODY AVAILABLE any more.

    I need one of these. I live in Wisconsin, and I park outside.

  23. read the post and ordered 5 for stocking stuffers, I hope they come in some kind of packaging so my dear ones don’t slice their fingers as they eagerly dig into their xmas stockings. Oh and on Amazon they didn’t add $4.95 per $1.95 ice scraper, but just charged the shipping once!
    we had powder last night, can’t wait for sleet to try these suckers out.

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