Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Question - Soap cutters

Up until now, when I make a soap in a log, I've been using a wood soap cutter with a metal tool that you slide through a cut out in a wooden base. See photo - it's not the exact same model, but pretty close.

I don't like it for two reasons:

1. The soap doesn't always come out perfectly smooth. The blade sticks to the soap, you have to pry it off, which leaves behind markings.


2. It doesn't cut a consistent exact bar. There is a little wiggle room in the grooves that the blade slides through, which isn't too noticeable in a rectangular soap that fits the base perfectly. However, when I use it to cut my circular shaving soaps, it shifts slightly causing the soap to look lopsided when set on a flat surface.

What soap cutter do you recommend and why? Or what soap cutter do you have and why do you like or dislike it?


I could certainly buy a different cutter, but I don't want the rejects to pile up in the garage. It's best to ask others that actually use the equipment. So don't hold back!

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11 comments:

  1. I have the advanced quick cutter from For Crafts Sake and love,love,love it. I have had it for over a year now and haven't broken a wire at all. It is so easy and, the way it is constructed a whole log can be cut easily without having to cut the log in half first.(it's open at each end to fit the whole log.)I got the standard 1.0 inch wire spacing and wonder if perhaps I might like the 1.25 inch better(that makes it custom though.)

    I tried several methods of cutting soap before I finally sprung for a tank and frankly-I wish I had just purchased a tank right off. Love it! Well worth the money.

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  2. I made a cutter for my own soaps (I call it my "soap-o-matic") that I use now for my logs, but I used to use a cutter similar to the one you pictured. While I can't help with the "wiggle room" problem, I did find that cutting with a wire gave a cleaner cut.

    I made a wire cutter for my box cutter frame by taking a hack saw and replacing the blade with a #16 guitar string. That gives a much cleaner cut than the solid blade cutter like the one shown in the picture.

    Marie Gale

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  3. Well, first I used the same thing that Marie Gale describes: a hacksaw with a guitar string. Smooth cuts! It was great.

    Then I got tired of cutting each bar individually and splurged on a log cutter from SoapEquipment.com. It cuts 15 bars, 1-inch wide in one swift movement. Love it! It's an investment but saves sooo much time.

    Ruth

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  4. I'm beginning to see a pattern here - it's wire that I need. I have been eyeing a couple models and wanted to see what others thought before I broke down and purchased something completely different.

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  5. I now have the "Tank" from "for crafts sake" ( which ia a soapmaker's but before that i used a cheese slicer similar to this one :
    http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-BB-120-Butcher-Cheese-Slicer/dp/B000BL1MZA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1275523076&sr=8-3

    Josee

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  6. I almost got a TANK from another soaper a few years ago. I probably should have bought it!!! I use a system that my husband designed for me. The wooden part holds the soap like yours, but it has a stop at the end so the bars are more uniform. My husband also added some metal pieces to the slots on either side so there's less wiggle room, but because I use a mud knife, sometimes it bows a bit in the middle if the soap is extra hard. It's still a pain to cut each bar individually.

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  7. Aren't Hubbys great? I showed mine the two models on the "for crafts sake" website last week, and he believes he can make something similar -WooHoo! Cutting my soap has always been an issue for me. I have two of the "liner-less" molds that have a cutter like the one above, and lets just say that none of it works for me. I love the idea of cutting a whole log in one fell swoop!
    p.s. Great blog, very interesting!

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  8. So this kind of falls in with what I wrote on your soap mold question...

    I REALLLY wanted a Tank (and still do!). But it's out of my budget right now.
    I knew that I would need a log splitter since I was investing in slab molds, and that was still a little pricey. The design look easy enough, so I looked around online and found this tutorial:

    http://magichandsworkshop.blogspot.com/2010/03/build-your-own-log-splitter.html

    It would defiantly help with the log splitting part, but I still didn't know how I could cut each soap ( too used a miter box style cutter with a sharp kitchen knife and hated the marks and uneven slices).

    Lucky for me, a local soap maker was looking to downsize and was parting with a log splitter from For Crafts Sake, so I snatched it up. She had it customized with 2 extra wires to cut 2.5" bars...but I needed 3" bars. The first space was set at 3" (which she used a .5" spacer to get her desired width). Similar to the video, I just reposition my slab to get each log.

    To get my bars, I use a 2" spacer and just 'shave' off each individual bar. It takes some time, but it works until I save some $$ for my tank.

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  9. Skin products for specific skin types have been available for a number of years now, and products like shaving soaps, shaving creams, and facial skin care which are formulated for men are slowly gaining popularity. However, before choosing what products to use on their faces, men should start with the basic issue, and that is to know specific skin type first.

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  10. This is useful when you are saving your soap because its expensive.

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  11. Well I use a wire for butter and it works well !

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