My mini-tank

How do you guys cut your soap? I tried and tried and tried with a knife, every time cutting my bars unevenly and having to trim off most of the soap later. I start off fine, but then somewhere in the middle I realize I am too pro and decide to do a quick swish with the blade. I end up with a 'top-thick bottom-thin' bar or else a 'top-thin, bottom-thick' bar. Grrrr...
So with my sad cutting stories I was on the verge of giving up. See, I don't have that much coal to buy me a tank cutter and frankly I really don't need a tank to cut some six bars of soap. Then came along the spoon-swirl frenzy and I reached the lovely French lady's video (I think her name is Ka fee??). The spoon-swirl soap was terrific, but I was looking at something else. Hey!! What is she cutting the soap with?? Some wire kinda thing. First I thought it was a saw with the blade replaced with a wire. The bulb slowly lights up....there is hope!!! Finally I might be able to use an even bar of soap. I decided to make it the instant I set foot in India. No idea why I keep linking everything to the moment I set foot here or there...always trying not to set foot in my mouth though (I do have that disease, let me tell you)!!

Without further ado, let me introduce to you:

The Mini-tank aka Tortenschneider (cake cutter)
(Google image)

All I had to do was set foot in the local grocery store. Cost me 2 Euros. Hallelujah!!! It does need a guide though, any two pieces of wood or two cutting boards...else my soaps end up not just uneven, but wavy too. It gives are real clean cut. A great buy for budding soapers/profi soapers (who can spare that much cutting time). Its fun to shower with an even bar of soap!!

9 comments:

twobloomsdesignstudio said...

I noticed that cutter in Ka Fee's spoon swirl video too and loved it. Did you buy the cake cutter like this with the wire attached or did you have to add that on?

Michelle

Amy W said...

Great idea!! What a deal too! I love it!

Nitya said...

@Michelle: The cutter came with the wire, so I didn't have to do anything. It is removable and there were also two extra wires in the box. Thank you for visiting! You have a great blog and your soaps are beautiful!!

@Amy: That was one great deal!! :D Once my wooden log mold is ready, the cutting should be much easier...no additional guides will be required. I can use the mold itself. :)

Cynthia-Rose Julian said...

Awesome! It always amazes me how we work around a problem and find an easy economical solution.

Nitya said...

Thank you for visiting Cynthia!! Most of the time the solutions are all there, just waiting to be discovered. I love how everyone in the soaping community shares their knowledge so generously!
Warm greetings!!

Sonja said...

Great idea!! If you want to participate in my blog candy:http://vocazione-alchimista.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-candy.html
you could win soaps that are cut by hand!

Nitya said...

Oh Sonja, I would have loved to participate in your lovely blog candy, but I am in the process of moving and don't want to miss your soap in the post. I am so jealous of the person who is going to win your lovely hand cut soap!! :)
Warm greetings!

Bobbins and Balms said...

ooohhhh cake cutter i didnt think of that. i was having the same prob as you so i brought a cheese board with a wire cutter just a few days ago, i hope it works as well os your cake cutter :)

Nitya said...

@Bobbins and Balms: We don't eat much cheese, so I didn't know what a cheese cutter was. I think you have a great cutter!! The thickness of all the bars can be equal with the cheese cutter...I want one now! :D