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CRAFTERS HOT KNIFE, Foam Cutter w/ 6" Blade, Gets up to 700 degrees F

3.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Long 6" Rigid Stainless Steel Blade. Won't bend or warp
  • 130 Watts of Power (Most have only 105 watts)
  • 6' Electric cord that pulls directly into the wall
  • Wooden Handle with Formed Grip
  • Pro Modeler Choice
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Product Description

The original Crafters Hot Knife came to market in 2001 and was released to meet the needs of the light duty industrial market plus hobby & craft markets including theater props and sets. Since its premier, the Crafter's Hot Knife has been sold all over the world. "The Crafter's Hot Knife brings a new dimension to the modeler's table for carving many types of foam. The knife makes plunge cuts into blocks and shapes possible. Bow cutters cannot make the plunge cuts. The maneuverability of the knife is superior to anything else that I have found on the market," says Miles Hale, Master Model Railroader, Vice President Association of Professional Model Makers. The most distinguishing difference of The Crafters Hot Knife is the rigid and solid, 6" Stainless Steel blade. It slices quickly and cleanly through high-density foam without bending, warping or breaking like common wire cutters. A retro, easy grip, wooden handle beautifully accents the Stainless Steel blade. Temperature is controlled by the user with a "dead man's switch" that delivers the power up to 750 degrees fahrenheit temperatures. This light/medium duty tool will shut down to cool instead of burning out after 5-10 minutes of continual use. The user can extend the operating time once familiar with the power switch operations.

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Technical Details

Part Number TLM-1000
Item model number TLM-1000
Item Package Quantity 1

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ASIN B0015QX0WI
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3.0 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #478,962 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#1,618 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools > Knives > Utility Knives
Shipping Weight 1 pounds
Date First Available March 10, 2008

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By Peggy on January 30, 2010
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I finally bit the bullet and spent the money on this product. It is amazing. It transformed our VBS decorations in a flash. Two downfalls...1 the smell of burning foam is overwhelming, even in a well ventilated space, and 2 it overheats fairly quickly and you have to let it cool down before moving on.I used it heavily so I'm sure this was a normal side effect. I would buy it again in a heart beat!
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I am a sculptor who takes very good care of her tools. After owning two of Crafters Hobby Hot Knifes for the past 7 years, I'm moving on to Hot Wire Foam Factory products.
Reason 1: Overheat too frequently when cutting packaging foam (including foam cooler boxes). I had to unplug and wait for 20 minutes before resuming work.
Reason 2: When cutting thick foam, I had to keep pushing the red button to maintain the temperature high enough. This causes finger strain and distraction while cutting.
Reason 3: The second knife died after less than 20 hours of cutting. I find it not worth the investment for a third knife.
Reason 4: Perhaps I need to upgrade to an industrial knife.

Other than these, it did do a good job on rough cutting. Not for precise or detailed cuts.
Always wear Respirator (3M 6391 P100 Reusable Respirator Gas Mask - Large) that can block toxic vapor when cutting Any kind of foam! Be safe and Have fun!
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If you do any amount of crafting or in my case working on costumes and set props, this tool is a necessary item in your arsenal! We tried other types of tools for cutting and shaping foam and this is the only one that works.
The wire type are super hard to control and you'll get very frustrated! The price is right and it came very quickly!
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Works but the little red button you have to press down is too small and hard to press. Why would a company put a tiny little button that you have to mash so hard to keep this thing turned on. Used it once and now it collects duct. What a shame because it works great but the little button is a joke. I tried wrapping a wire and holding the button down that way but it really doesn't work very well. Do not buy this!!!!!!. And bu the way i am a normal guy that is from the construction industry.
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As mentioned in some other reviews, the product sort of works. It takes 3 or so minutes to warm up / works for maybe 5 minutes, then goes into "over-heat" / takes 3-5 minutes to cool down, then repeat process all over again. I would not recommend if you need this and you don't have time for this process.
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This little tool is a must have for anyone crafting with large pieces of foam. It saves time, energy, and frustration. The only con is that it is not super easy to clean because the melted foam sort of sticks to it after a few minutes. If you're ok with that then there's no problem at all. However, if you're going to be disappointed in using a product once and never having it clean up to look like new, you may want to research other items. For me, it's not an issue. I don't care what the product looks like, just that it works! And this product does what it says.
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...but, you're not going to end up with any pretty cuts. I think this is great if you need to cut mass sections of foam quickly and without mess. Wear ventilation protection! Also I think the price for this is way too high!
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I've wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. Or at least since junior high school, when that kid in my homeroom got to second base with Shelley Cummings by painting her portrait on his Trapper Keeper.

But I never learned how to 'art'. So now I'm trying to learn on my own. And to remember where I put my old Trapper Keeper. Because you're never too old for second base.

But art is pretty hard. So I decided to try art's lazy-eyed little sister: crafts. This sort of tool seemed just the thing to help me fashion all sorts of attractive foam and wax doodads. For what? For ART!

Sadly, I'm too clumsy to use this thing properly. It's a lot like wielding a little steel light saber -- in an expert's hands, it's probably tremendous. In mine, there are little charred bits of foam stuck all over the walls and Band-Aids on all my fingers. Also, the dog won't come within twelve feet of me and I can't get the smell of burning fur out of my crafts table. Maybe I should've tried something safer. Like scrapbooking.
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