Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Review
I don’t know about you, but for the last few months my Facebook feed has had a steady stream of ads for the Kinkajou. No, not the South American rain-forest dwelling animal, I’m talking about the Kinkajou bottle cutter.
Lucky for us, the folks at Kinkajou were kind enough to send us one of their products for evaluation purposes. Upon receiving the Kinkajou I was initially struck by its weight. This is a heavy, well-made product that looks like it will stand up to a lot of use. Along with the bottle cutter, the box also came with 2 separation rings, 3 sheets of 80 grit sandpaper, a glass finishing tool, and a handful of fun product stickers. The instruction booklet is pretty thin and leaves something to be desired, but the Kinkajou YouTube page is a great resource that you’ll want to visit once your Kinkajou arrives.
To cut a bottle there are 3 basic steps you follow which are; score, separate, sand. Let’s take a look at each step in action.
The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Review
Score – Using the Kinkajou bottle cutter, you’re going to score the bottle to prepare it for the actual cut. The important thing here is to not over tighten it, you want the bottle to easily twist through all 360 degrees. If it tightens up midway around you’ll likely end up not lining your score line up once you get back to your starting point, and a wasted bottle. Another problem with over tightening is you can set tiny cracks along the bottle and once you get to the separation step that can quickly turn into multiple cracks running out in all directions. The perfect score is critical to the finished product, so don’t be afraid to practice till you get the hang of it. Take a bottle you’re not too concerned with and practice multiple times until you get a feel for it. You’ll know you got it right when you hear the pop as the two scoring lines connect.
Separate – To separate the bottle, you’re going to alternate pouring hot and cold water on the score line. Put the separation rings about a half inch from the score line if possible depending on bottle shape. The instructions say to use near boiling water which is definitely a must. I boil a pot of water and pour it into a measuring cup when I’m ready to separate. You’ll also want to use something that will let you direct the water onto the score line as accurately as possible to avoid the glass cracking away from your score line. Make sure you don’t pull on the bottle while your doing this step, let it separate on its own for the cleanest separation possible.
Sand – Now that you’ve got your bottle separated, it’s time to sand down those edges. The 80 grit paper that comes with the basic Kinkajou set is a good start, but I suggest you pick up some additional higher grit paper to get the glass down to a nice finish level. Make sure you’re sanding the top as well as the inside and outside of the lip to get all the edges. The Kinkajou Finishing Kit comes with sandpaper up to 600 grit to really give you the highest quality finish. I went up to 320 using some sandpaper I picked up from Home Depot (400 was the max grit I could find). The finish is a little frosted but still smooth, so if you’re looking for the best possible finish, order the Finishing Kit.
There you have it, some new glassware for your home bar.
The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Stats
Value/Price – $50 for the base Kinkajou, $65 for the base + finishing kit. Given the quality of the product and everything you get with it, I find this to be a good value.
Functionality – Score, separate, sand. 3 steps that are very repeatable time and time again. The blade scores consistently, the product holds as tight as you want it, and the accessories that come with it are very useful. Everything adds to the functionality of the Kinkajou.
Ease of use – Easy to use, yes. But you have to take some time to get the hang of it before it gets that way. Prepare to throw some bottles in the trash. Once you get there though, it’s quite a simple process.
Durability – Heavy, solid pieces. The Kinkajou seems to be built for the long haul.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking to do some crafting out of your used bottles, the Kinkajou bottle cutter is an excellent resource for getting the perfect cut.