I love receiving gadgets in the mail or buying them at the store. But I hate wrestling hard plastic clamshell packages to get to the yummy gadget goodness inside. Last year I reviewed the Zibra Open It! and it was love at first snip. Now the same people (I think) have a new product on the market that takes package opening one step further. It’s the ZIPit battery operated cutter from CSB Commodities. Let’s see if this tool becomes my new best friend.
The ZIPit is a handheld device made of plastic. A quick glance of the circular blade reminds me of a can opener.
The other side of the cutters has what looks like a manual crank. At first I thought that maybe you could use these cutters manually without the need of batteries. Nope, not the case…
The top shell of the handle lifts off to reveal the battery compartment. The ZIPit is powered by 2 AA batteries that are not included with the package.
On the blade side of the cutters, there is a removable plastic guard. If your plastic package is thin enough, it can fit through the open slot…
But more than likely, you’ll need to remove the plastic cover in order to use the ZIPit to open the package. The top disk is the blade, while the bottom disk is actually a grooved wheel that the blade sits in. When the trigger is pressed, both the blade and grooved wheel will rotate.
One thing that does concern me is the fact that the ZIPit does not have a safety switch.
When you grip the handle and press the trigger, the blade will rotate. It can take some effort to get the blade to cut through the edge of a package depending on the shape and thickness of the clamshell. Once you jump over the edge, cutting feels pretty effortless if the package has straight sides. You basically just guide the cutter along the edge. You don’t really don’t need to press it forward as it almost feels self-propelled.
Cutting along straight sides isn’t that difficult, but once you come to a corner, it can be very hard, to turn the corner. If you try to just cut the edges off instead of going around a corner, the cutter can sometimes get hung up and have a tough time cutting through the plastic.
I tested the ZIPits on several different packages and when it is all said and done, I find the Zibra Open It! cutters to be a lot easier for me to use. For one thing, the Open It doesn’t seem to get stuck as easily as the ZIPit does. I found myself wrestling with the ZIPit cutters entirely too often. I also like the fact that the Open It doesn’t require batteries. It would be just my luck to get a fantastic gadget in the mail, need a cutter and the batteries be dead. I think I’ll just stick with the Zibra Open It! cutters.
What do you use to open your clameshell packages?