Product Type: Barcraft gadgets
Newest Review: ... to actually cut my finger on a ripped foil opening a bottle of wine, and also he was (rightly) alarmed at my normal approach to breaking t... more
No more crazed corkscrew attacks on my bottles
Barcraft Foil Cutter
Member Name: milmol7
Barcraft Foil Cutter
Advantages: Effective & cheap, simple and easy to use, stops other dangerous methods being employed!
Disadvantages: Tiny sharp edges
This is one of those gadgets that you just manage without, probably not even imagining such a thing exists, until you own one and then it's in use every time. I guess that's the definition of "gadget"!
This gadget is designed to neatly cut the foil around the top of a wine bottle neck, leaving the cork nicely exposed to be removed. My partner bought this really as a bit of a dig/joke after I had managed to actually cut my finger on a ripped foil opening a bottle of wine, and also he was (rightly) alarmed at my normal approach to breaking the foil, which used to be basically attacking the neck of the bottle with a corkscrew!
I don't drink an awful lot of red wine, but do like to keep some 'decent' reds in for when family come round. I'm not a connoisseur, but I like to spend a little more on the reds and it often seems that the more expensive the bottle, the more robust the cork and the foil. Sometimes the foil can actually be quite thick and this cutter is actually a handy implement to have around.
The cutter is a really simple design, just two 'arms' joined together by a thin strip of metal which is slightly 'sprung' and underneath which are four tiny wheels. Two of the wheels are plastic, and two have little tiny blades running around them. The cutter is placed over the top of the bottle and the arms squeezed together so that the four wheels surround it and the little blades grip into the foil. A simple twist, no real force needed, and the top of the foil just lifts off in the cutter.
The foil cutter measures 8cm long x 5cm wide and made of black plastic with a soft-touch finish. The little blades are metal, but they aren't big enough to be dangerous, it's impossible to cut yourself on them as they are tucked away under the arms, they're so small and spin so freely when the cutter isn't in use. All the same, they are necessarily sharp edges so the cutter should be kept away from little ones' hands.
Summary: For around £3, a handy little gadget to pick up