It's not quite what I expected, but I was ready to go as soon as it arrived. I roped Ryan in to help as I was sure I would make a mistake somewhere down the line.
The first loaf I tried was Chamomile Spring. This is the only soap I make that uses Melt and Pour soap base, I would really like to find a CP alternative but unfortunately the whole design of this soap relies on being able to look through the clear top down onto Chamomile flowers embedded in the CP soap below. It is one of my top 3 selling soaps and I am loathe to do away with it although I really don't like the M&P use. This was a bit of a nightmare as my molds are 24" long and this cutter only does 10 bars, so I had to cut up the whole loaf first. (see the other bit of soap in the background)
It all worked fine until I got half way through, then the M&P was just too hard for it to handle. I quickly took the whole thing out, half cut - and cut through the M&P top by hand, after lining it up again the cutter went through the CP soap underneath like a dream.
Lovely, really neat slices. The wires did leave a slightly rough surface but I think that once the soap has cured a bit more and I trim the edges, a quick polish of each bar should sort it out.
Then I tried my Azeite Puro - rapidly becoming my best selling soap ever. As a Castile soap it is quite soft so I knew I would not have much trouble, and it was effortless!
Line it all up and..............
Hey Presto! Perfect bars. This is such a soft soap its quite hard to cut accurately by hand but with the cutter the bars are absolutely even in thickness.
Don't they look good? Just got to cut each one in half again (by hand :-( this time) and they are ready for curing. I would say this will cut down my cutting time by 3/4. Well worth the price. Thanks very much Celine from Soaperstar for setting me up with this fab buy and Sam from Outer Hebrides Soap Shack for selling it to me and shipping it all the way from Uist.
And if you are interested this is the maker. I don't think its the best cutter ever and It's probably not much good for someone who cuts up high volumes of soap but for my immediate needs its ideal.