Electric Hot Knife
I bought this to use to cut 1 inch wide polypropelene webbing to make canoe seats. It worked great and heated quickly. I didn't burn myself, so it's pretty safe to use.
October 8, 2012
Looks Great, but does not work that well
I turned heat all the way but it really did not work.
My material was 2 in. thick EPS.
As another posted reported, the knife was sooo slow.
It melted the material eventually, but it also left a huge kerf.
September 8, 2011
This tool is good for light duty service and quality is just OK. It comes with a metal depth guide which is not shown in detail photo. The plastic dial adjust the heat well but is not calibrated in degrees, some experimentation will be necessary for optimum cutting. Be aware plenty of ventilation is needed as it will get smeared with whatever you are cutting and burn. Wish it had a holder when not in use.
March 21, 2011
Good enough to do the job
We have purchased 3 of these knifes for our company and run them for extended periods at a time. We use them to cut through 4" foam that is 48" long...it goes pretty quick for being such a small knife.
We had 1 knife that only lasted a year and have 2 that are running strong. Considering the amount of wear and abuse we put on them, I'm please with how they have held up.
March 14, 2011
The product is very slow and does not make a small cut. It might be good for basic use but not for detail work. After all the trouble I modified a soldering iron that worked better and faster than this product did.
November 16, 2010
Electric Hot Knife
This is a great product for the cost. It works great for really heavy and thick Styrfoam. I make alot of foam items for my DEPT 56 Village. This product really makes this work easy. The only watch out is not getting the heat setting to hot. It comes with a depth gauge for items where you need to control the depth. This is a good idea and works well. I am well pleased with the quality, price and the way this product works.
September 3, 2010
foam knife cutter
Price was great. well made and looked good. Nothing to put together. My only problem was the blade is too thick. It wants to melt too wide.
May 24, 2010
Hot Knife Foam Cutter
I purchased this product as part of a home renovation project to cut foam panels to fit between studs and rafters in a small old barn on our property. The foam panels that we have are 3 inches thick Styrofoam brand and are 24"x36". I also intend to use the same foam to build mountain sections for my model railroad layout.
The knife heats up at a respectable rate, much faster than expected having never owned a similar product before. The blade seems to achieve the same heat throughout, without any obvious hot spots that cause more melting than desired. The knife slices effortlessly through the foam and works much better if you let it do all the work for you and don't try to push it faster than it wants to cut, much like any other cutting tool..
Use of this knife does produce fumes, therefor it should be used outside or in a well ventilated space, however with so much less clean-up of foam dust after use, it can be used pretty much anywhere! Once the knife is cold, any residue from the foam will pretty-much chip and shatter off the blade with no more then a strong fingernail.
Because of the fast and easy use, and simple clean-up, I would highly recommend this knife to anyone doing home insulation or foam sculpting.
February 22, 2010