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My mother-in-law usually fills Christmas stockings with all sorts of weird and wonderful gifts that I have usually never come across before. One of those we received in ours last year was this ceramic tipped cutter. It was no exception to the rule and I had never come across one before and it wasn't immediately obvious what it was. The Islice (as the packaging refers to it) looks like a thin wedge of plastic on first look. It is almost semi-circular in shape and blue in colour, with a silver tip. At the top of the silver part, there is a thin ceramic blade that can be used to cut through paper and plastic.
It is fairly small at 6cm wide and 3cm high and very thin too. However it is easy to grip hold of and direct to cut along packaging etc. The ceramic blade means that this is safer than a knife or scissors and this won't cut your finger and it is recessed into the product - it doesn't blunt easily and resists wear and rust well. There is an inbuilt magnet too, which means that this can be stored conveniently on your fridge/freezer (we have a magnetic board in our kitchen that this sits nicely on) so you don't lose it and it is always conveniently to hand. It costs around £4 online.
I use this to open packages as it cuts along sellotape seals very easily and it is much safer to use for this purpose than scissors or a knife. I also use it to cut wrapping paper as it gives a neater finish than scissors which can give a jagged edge - it is easy to use with a ruler too for an extra neat finish. It is also ideal for cutting round articles in magazines such as recipes etc. However, the most handy use that I have found for it is cutting through those tricky plastic packages that things come in (ironically this gadget comes in one of these such packages!) and this cuts through these instantly with no problems at all.
Overall, this is a neat little gadget to have and it is much sharper and better at cutting than I would expect from something that looks quite flimsy. We have been using this for the last 9 months on all manner of things - including quite thick cardboard - and it remains just as effective as when we first used it, with no sign of blunting. It has also been quite resilient and not felt like it would break or snap despite it being so thin. Without the magnet, I am in no doubt that this would have been misplaced by now as we have a habit of losing small items like this so the magnet is a great feature for us. Definitely worth having - a handy little gadget.
Yep I was on another gadget! My other half must think I have an addiction! But anyway, when I saw this I could see the sense in it. What is it? You may be wondering! Well I will explain that in a second! I got the iSlice for a pretty good price of just £2 including postage and packaging. As far as I am aware (don't quote me on it in other words!) I think I got the iSlice from eBay. Though it may have been Amazon...! And to my knowledge they both still sell it for around the same price as I brought it.
What is the Promotopia iSlice?!
I understand that you may be a bit confused! Let's face it, it looks like a bit of shiny plastic in the picture Dooyoo have provided! But it has in fact got a blade in it. It has been designed to cut through coupons, cardboard (though not very, very thick), magazines and even the cellophane wrapping on DVDs. A modern day letter opener! It also has a hidden surprise. You see the silver coloured part on the end? That is a magnet so you can stick it to the fridge, the freezer ... maybe even the microwave! Even I was a bit confused at why they had included a magnet at first, but my daughter then informed me it was so it would always be near and to hand. What a great idea! Although you can't see it in the pictureo Dooyoo have posted as it is a bit of an old one I guess, there is also a key ring hole now in place. It is just so you can attach it to your keys etc. and have it to hand.
How To Use
Though most people's instincts would be to angle it so the blade will cut deeper, you are in fact, completely wrong. With the iSlice you have to put it down flat on the surface you want to cut and then put down pressure and pull it along. Though some of my friends haven't always had the best results, it always works perfectly for me.
Now alarm bells may be ringing in your head. How can you put something with a sharp blade on the fridge when there are kids around? Won't they grab it and hurt themselves? Well I can put your minds to rest and tell you it actually only has a little bit of blade sticking out. That isn't to say kids won't try and cut themselves with it though, so do put it high up on the fridge. However, it is hard to cut yourself with this so I don't think they would so much harm to themselves if they did happen to grab it I don't think it would do them much harm. Promotopia have got a special Finger Friendly catchphrase for the iSlice as they use ceramic blades. No worries there!
Be careful where you cut on just in case it goes through say a magazine and cuts your coffee table or leaves a mark on your kitchen side. It has never happened to me but just be careful!
Price and Availability
Now I have looked it up here are some of the prices etc. I have found.
Amazon - A blue one for £5.40
eBay - A blue one for 99p and £1.40 p&p which makes £2.39 or a red one for £2.99.
Lakeland - Just a blue one for £4.49
iSlice's website - is actually $5.99 but I have googled it and it works out around £3.60. I think the one they sell is green.
If you shopped around more there are probably other places that sell them though.
Take a look if you want more information, though I wouldn't buy it there as it is cheaper in other places as mentioned above.
I would say that everyone should own a iSlice as they are extremely convenient. Even if they are just put on your fridge I can guarantee you will use it eventually. They are pretty easy to clean. Just run warm water over it and wipe it with a scourer. I wouldn't recommend using a cloth as it may be too thin and will probably get cut through! It's suitable for right and left handers and will last longer than a blade made of steel. I'm sure that it will last a long time and it is a really handy gadget.
Would I recommend it? Certainly!
You want to know the best thing about the iSlice though? It comes in the same, impossible to open plastic packaging ... ironic!
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*Also posted on Ciao under the same name*
I'm not naturally good at craft projects, my cutting lets me down, the same if I do any decorating, my wallpaper cutting skills are not good, so my Mum bought me one of these little gadgets from Lakeland. The iSlice is a nifty little cutting tool that will virtually if not fully eliminate the use for scissors, well personally speaking anyway.
The i Slice costs £4.49 from Lakeland but it is also available from Amazon for just £2.99. It is supplied in a plastic pack which allows you to clearly see the product. The packaging had a few examples of the things the iSlice will cut, these include paper and plastics.
The iSlice is approximately 6.5 x 2.5 cm's in size which in itself could be a problem if you keep it in a drawer but there's no rummaging around looking for this little tool as it comes with a built in magnet, a simple but useful idea, as it means you can just stick it on your fridge and you always have it to hand.
It comes with a ceramic blade that wont actually cut your skin. and i Slice claim it wont rust or lose its sharpness. I cannot comment on these 2 points as I have only had mine a couple of months however in that time it has had an awful lot of use and I haven't noticed any difference in the blade. The main part of the i Slice is a rounded shape and is blue in colour. I'm not sure if there is a colour choice for this or not. The blade is hardly noticeable just a small bump on the bottom of the i Slice at the front.
To use the gadget is easy, you just need to run it along whatever it is you want to cut, however you do need to keep the i Slice flat. Its no good angling it down like a Stanley knife or craft knife you really do need to keep it flat. Once you get in the habit of doing this its really easy.
Since I have had my iSlice I have used it virtually every day for something or other. I use mine for opening parcels, that awful parcel tape is so hard to get into without breaking a nail and the iSlice will just wiz through it without cutting anything inside. I use it for wrapping presents and it will certainly get a lot of use in the coming months. If you need to cut around anything or cut anything out, coupons or forms this makes the job so neat and easy.
Recently I re vamped one of our bedrooms and papered just one wall. This gadget made cutting wall paper so easy. I was never any good at getting a nice straight line with scissors no matter how hard I tried but the iSlice now this job easy. As I mentioned my mum bought me this and she also bought herself one and is just as pleased as I am. She has arthritis in her hands and has struggled with scissors, the iSlice has made it much easier for her to open packs when cooking that she used to struggle with.
I would definitely recommend this gadget, its reasonably priced and so useful whether you suffer with hand problems or not, and with Christmas coming up it would make an ideal stocking filler.
I have bought some of my better gadgets in the past from Lakeland and the iSlice Ceramic Tipped Cutter must be one of my better gadget purchases. Although I paid around £4 from Lakeland they are available online for between £2-£3 from Amazon.co.uk. Lakeland are great for such gadgets in the kitchen and home and this is a typical Lakeland product. They sell a whole host of unusual and useful gadgets and are well worth looking up online if you havn't come across the brand before.
The iSlice has a ceramic blade which lasts a long time and having owned it around 8 months I it feels as fresh as it was when I first began using it. The body of the iSlice is made from durable and comfortable in the palm of your hand plastic, with a hidden ceramic blade at the tip of the 'knife' in order to prevent accidents. Overall the iSlice is so much safer to use than a pair of scissors and is also easier to control in my opinion.
When I first started using the iSlice I didn't expect a great deal due to the price I paid. Lakeland are generally not a cheap company and I thought paying less than £4 for this product gave me suspicions of its usefulness. Fortunately the iSlice has impressed me. To use it you must keep the body of the iSlice level with the worktop or else it won't cut. I also soon realised that you don't need to put too much energy into pressing down on whatever you need to cut as the ceramic blade does all the work for you.
The iSlice is well constructed and gives me confidence when cutting paper and also articles out of newspapers etc. Scissors can soon become blunt and it isn't easy to cut in straight lines with them. Where the iSlice really excels is in the cutting of straight lines. I can simply place a ruler on the piece of paper and run the iSlice down the edge of the ruler. The more I use the iSlice the more I realise what good value it offers. If I use it for a period of time my hands don't ache and I think for people that struggle to hold scissors it could give even more benefit to them. I certainly recommend the iSlice to anyone that works in an office or does a lot of paper craft.
The islice is a handy little gaget that I first came across in Lakeland. Lakeland introduces me to a wide range of nifty little gadgets that assist me in going about my day to day business. It had a variety of purposes and it is also very safe to use.
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The islice is available from Lakeland and priced at £3.99. I think that it is definitely worth the money as my product has lasted me nearly two years and it is only recently I'm starting to think that I could do with a new one.
This little gadget is extremely clever in nature. There is a small ceramic blade at the nose of the device which is hidden so that you do not cut your fingers; this makes it really safe to use. The main body of the device issas from smooth plastic which fits into te contours of your hand making it comfortable to grip.
I really struggled to use the islice when I first bought it because I did not understand the concept of how it worked. The trick with the islice is to keep it completely level while you are using it or the ceramic blade will not cut. It took me a while to train myself how to use it, because instinctively I wanted to push down on the paper I was cutting and hold it at an angle. I thought that by exerting more pressure I would have better results; but this is not the case.
Once I mastered the art of holding the device flat against the paper, I had great success with the item. I use it to slice out articles from magazines, coupons and for other craft purposes. The beauty of the device is that you can set it down anywhere on the paper and begin to cut things out. Rather than hacking up magazines and newspapers you can be selective about what you cut out.
I always misplace my kitchen scissors but with the islice I always know where it is. There is a magnet on one side of it so that you can stick it to the fridge, this way I know exactly where it is whenever I need it.
I much prefer using the islice to open packages as it is much safer than using scissors. The islice makes fast work of bubble wrap, thick parcel tape and to some extent, cardboard. It does struggle with the thicker corrugated cardboard and it tends to only manage to cut through the top layer of it. Nevertheless I am pleased with the performance of the islice. As long as you hold it straight you will have great results.
I am really pleased with the islice and would recommend it. This one has lasted me around two years and I will soon be replacing it with another from Lakeland.
My wife purchased this for me as a gift, recognizing the fact that scissors and I don't really get on and as I sell a few things on ebay, which then means I have to wrap up parcels with brown paper, I therefore require a cutting implement that will do the job without removing my digits. I was in the habit of using a Stanley knife, but it's not the sort of thing you want around the place when you've got kids.
The iSlice is approximately 6cm in length and mouse shaped. The blade is ceramic and only just protrudes so it's a lot safer than a knife or the dreaded scissors. You then just draw it across the surface that you want to cut, in my case brown paper, and it slices with ease.
It's also magnetic so you can stick it on the fridge for easy storage! Pretty smart eh?
I've used mine lots and it's still cuts as well as on the first use. You can't actually replace the blade but if it continues to perform like this then I probably wouldn't have to anyway!
Another advantage of the ceramic blade is that it's considered as airport safe, so great for taking on holiday too!
I'm really impressed with this gadget as it's well made and very useful. I've actually ordered one for work as it will be ideal for cutting the banding on copier paper boxes, opening mail safely and many other little jobs around the office. All I need is a chain to attach it to my desk otherwise I have a feeling it might go walkabout.
I do not hesitate in recommending the iSlice and feel that it's usefulness certainly justifies its £2.99 price tag in my opinion.
Thanks for reading,
The iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter is small and plastic with a blade inside it. It is designed so that the blade only protrudes slightly therefore making it a very safe product and with minimal chance of cutting yourself. I don't actually remember where I bought this from, although I know it wasn't expensive. I do remember that I bought it for my girlfriend, but liked it that much that I pinched it back pretty much straight away, so I think she must have forgotten about it.
The iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter is designed for one thing and one thing only... slicing things, but there are many things you can slice. It is about roughly 2 inches long and about the thickness of a thick piece of cardboard, which makes it perfect for holding between your thumb and forefinger and is curved on the top side for a comfortable grasp.
The Tipped Cutter is ideal for opening envelopes and is great for opening boxes and packages that have been covered in tape when sealed. From paper to card it doesn't have any problems cutting. Pretty much any job that a Stanley Knife would be too big for this Cutter is great for and once again I stress that this also reduces the chance of injury.
It is absolutely brilliant for getting into the more fiddly types of packaging, like the plastic kind that you need scissors to get into because they are sealed so tight. A couple of slices and you are in! I have used the Cutter many, many times and the blade still cuts as well as it did the first time I used.
I have only one problem with the iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter, and that is because you need a Tipped Cutter to get it out of it's package. That is because... you guessed it...
It comes in the same plastic packaging that is a nightmare to open!!
Now that's irony. I suppose it is probably because it has a blade in the product, but it still seems crazy to me that a product designed for making things easy to slice and cut should be so difficult to get to. I would give it a 4 for packaging, but as it is a 5/5 overall rating I will have to give it a 4.
The iSlice Ceramic -Tipped Cutter is currently on Amazon at £2.99
I hope this review was useful to you and thank you for reading it.
I was bought this little gadget as a joke present from my sister. She is always laughing at me for cutting out all of the coupons and discount vouchers from magazines. I think it is an amazing little tool and that every house should have one.
What is it ? It is a small mouse like shaped gadget, on the end is a extremely tiny ceramic blade, the total size is just under 6 CM. The blade is so tiny you can hardly see it but do not underestimate its sharpness. It slices through paper like a hot knife through butter. However whilst it is super sharp, it seems impossible to cut yourself on it, unless of course you run it along your hand. This makes it great for children to use, although I would recommend supervision for younger kids.
How does it work ? To use the Islice you simply push the gadget along whatever needs cutting. The trick is to keep the complete base of it flat against the paper and push forward. It is amazing at how it glides along, making clean neat cuts along the way.
The blade is not replaceable but as it is a ceramic blade I imagine it would last a good while. I have had mine just over two months, it has been used daily and is still as sharp as it was on first use.
It has a small magnet on one side so it is perfect for keeping on the fridge or side of the computer, this is a great feature as due to its size it could be easily lost.
What would I use it for ? Well if you are a coupon queen like me this is not just handy, it is essential. It is so quick and easy to use. Cut out recipes,vouchers and stories from newspapers and magazines.
Open parcels and letters with ease, open packets and packaging, I find it brilliant for those packets of ham that are nearly impossible to open.
I used to do a lot of card making and scrapbooking, this would be perfect for cutting out backing paper, photos and borders.
My one other main use for this is cutting off the permission slips from my childrens school letters, no more going into school with jaggedly edged slips.
Who is it for ? I think every home should have one of these little gadgets. I find it quite tricky using scissors as I am left handed and can't seem to grip them properly so this is perfect for me. It would also be great for people who have arthritis and limited hand strength as very little effort is required.
Where can I buy it ? My sister bought my one from a little local craft shop, they are also available from Lakeland, John Lewis and Amazon. The average price for them is £3.99. Which I think is an absolute bargain.
The islice is a small plastic device designed for opening packaging. Just within the plastic there is a tiny tiny blade that protrudes enough to slice through any paper or plastic wrapping just by running the slicer along the packaging. It is designed though so that there is no enough blade to be able to cut yourself or to damage the goods you are opening. You can actually hold your finger on the blade and although you can feel it you can't cut yourself.
The Islice I have also has a small magnet on it so that you can attach it to something metal in your kitchen so that it is within easy reach. Tjis is quite handy as it saves rumaging around in draws to find it.
I find it quite good at opening most packages and it makes a neat cut rather than a jaggardy tear. For plastic bags though like bags of frozens peas it can be a bit awkward and mine tends to snag so I find scissors best on that type of packaging still.
As a kitchen gadget though it is small, fairly cheap and quite useful to have.