Review of the Kinkajou bottle cutter, finishing kit and the Jabiru bottle top stems.
Nick has been trying different ways to cut recycled glass bottles for a while now. I don’t even remember how many empty bottles of wine we broke trying the string, nail polish remover and a bucket of icy water method. The gal in the video made it look so easy! We used up about half a bottle of the stuff, plus we also used other flammables like lighter fluid and different types of string, before we finally gave up on it.
A few month later and Nick was at it again, he was determined to figure out how to get a clean cut bottle. This time he purchased the G2 bottle cutter. You read about it here: Bottle Cutting Demonstration Gone Wrong.
Let me just tell you, he had to replace the main part to even get it to work at all. Enter the Kinkajou bottle cutter! Now Nick was able to try out the newest and undoubtedly greatest bottle cutter of them yet. Thank you to Bottle Cutting Inc. for sending us this demo pack!
I loved the colorful Jabiru bottle top stem set right away, but found the Kinkajou bottle cutter a bit complicated looking and a little intimidating. Well, you have to keep in mind I’m not the bottle crafter here. The nice folks from Bottle Cutting Inc. also sent us the Kinkajou Finishing Kit filled with the sand paper you will need to smooth the edges and believe it or not, 2 sets of fun stickers with clever sayings like “Hey Baby, let’s have a few drinks and I will show you my Kinkajou”. Did you know that Nick LOVES stickers?
Alright, that’s about enough from me. Let’s hear from Nick our bottle crafting expert.
Nick, what is your take on the Kinkajou Bottle Cutter?
I was really jazzed when this arrived. The whole idea of cutting bottles has seemed like the natural progression to go with all the bottle craft work that we’ve done over the years.
Trial and error. As with anything else in life, practice makes perfect. My first cut wasn’t perfect, but I could tell right away that it was a matter of making corrections on my part to get the Kinkajou bottle cutter to work perfectly. After watching the ‘perfect score‘ video, I felt more confident in how to handle the device.
The second bottle was a success and with a little sanding it was usable as glass ware.
The first time is always the hardest!
We also received a set of Jabiru Bottle Top Stems The Friday Night Fun Edition. This is an assortment of different colored holders that can be used for the ‘other half’, i.e. the top of the bottle.
If you wanted to make a matching set of cut bottle glasses, they also sell complete color packages of black and white bases. The Jabiru bottle top stems are easy to use and really make use of the whole bottle. Nothing will go to waste!
The Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Kit is available in many different colors and includes the following:
- 1 Kinkajou bottle cutter
- 2 silicone separation rings (fits all bottle sizes)
- 1 glass finishing tool
- 3 pieces of silicon carbide sandpaper (80 grit)
The Kinkajou bottle cutter is available in 14 different colors!
Review Results – I was extremely impressed with the Kinkajou bottle cutter. My main objective was to find some consistency in the cuts, as well as a bottle cutter that actually worked. The nail polish string trick simply didn’t work at all, and if you wanted to make a whole set of glasses that were all similar in size, was almost impossible to do with the other cutter.
The Kinkajou was easy to work with and offered the consistent bottle cuts that I was looking for. The Jabiru bottle sets worked very easily and they add a nice finishing touch. The rubber neck allows a variance in the bottle sizes so these should work with any bottle neck. With a working bottle glass cutter in tow I’m going to try and make a glass set of Corona bottles. Getting all six glasses to be the same height should be relatively easy by making the score lines consistent. I’ll post those at a later time. Watch my How to cut glass rings instructional video.
Special thanks to Bottle Cutting Inc. for sending us the Kinkajou bottle cutter, finishing kit and Jabiru bottle top stems.
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