As a consumer who struggles with the blister packs that hold many of today's products, I had high hopes for Scotch's Safe Cut Package Opener. Thankfully, it is easily removed from its own packaging, but that is where the convenience ends. I'd collected some blister packs to test it out on as well as some other items, and was disappointed with how it worked with all of them.
First off, the ergonomic handle is small and it feels tiny in my medium-large hands. Secondly, it feels flimsy -- as if it will break after a brief period of use. The blade click mechanism isn't overly precise and you have to be careful when extending the blade to get it in the correct position. It is very easy to push it all of the way out, to the position where the blade is removable. When in the correct position, only the tinniest sliver of a blade is exposed. I understand the reasoning for this, but it makes it rather difficult to apply it correctly to all but a flat surface.
To begin with, I tried using it on a couple of blister packed products I had yet to open. After repeated attempts, I was able to score deeply enough to pry the packaging apart, but it was no easier than using a pair of scissor and not as easy as an X-acto blade or utility knife. Using the Safe Cut on shrink-wrapped water bottles and on a sealed CD case wasn't much better. It was a disaster when trying to open envelopes or packages, just shredding the paper. The tiny blade is too hard to position correctly and isn't sharp or large enough to do the job right. It did open a bag of potato chip easily, but you need a flat cutting surface to lay the bag upon, and several chips were crushed in the process.
After extensive testing, I cannot recommend Scotch's Safe Cut Package Opener. While the concept is a good one, the product itself needs to be better constructed and to go through further engineering. Sadly, I think it is just going to get thrown in my kitchen utility drawer and forgotten.
UPDATE: I received a small box from Amazon today so decided to try opening it using the Opener. Once again, it took a number of passes to break the tape's seal. A similar box when opened with a utility knife or single scissor blade usually only takes one swipe per seam.
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