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Arthur Dent

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I have been thinking about getting a crinkle cutter, and keep putting it off. Do y'all like the crinkle cut soaps? Do you find that other people like them, or really don't care? Yeah, I know it's not a big investment, it's just one of those things I can't make up my mind about. I keep putting one in my online shopping cart, then taking it back out again. I guess I get a little wishy-washy sometimes. (can I say that on a soap forum?)
 

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I have one. I've never used it..I am into swirling and find most crinkle cuts cause a distraction away from the swirls. If I were selling and doing elegant solid soaps, I may use it. It's really about your function (fancy swirls, simplicity, etc) as to whether or not it's going to be useful (imo)
 

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I almost always use a crinkle cutter- BUT......I don't use colorants (except for cocoa powder that I might swirl for some interest) or anything in my soap and I don't sell. I just do it because it provides a nice grip for my hands in the shower!
 

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I have one as well and have only used it once. That was a long time ago.
 

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I think the crinkle cut looks really nice on more rustic soaps, or soaps without a lot of embelishment. I have one, but I rarely use it.
 

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I actually like swirling patterns with wrinkle cuts. I think it looks nice and the washboard texture seems to help when lathering, doesn't it?

There's a brand called Zum that's in grocery stores around here that does it to their soap. Their soap isn't that awesome, but I like looking at them!
 

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I use my crinkle cutter occasionally. The washboard effect goes away quickly, and really does not provide much of a benefit to my mind. If you are on a tight soaping budget, save your money.
 

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I have one and I use it about once in a blue moon for my soap. Even though I don't use it often with my soap, it still comes in handy for me in my cooking, such as when I make crinkle-cut carrots and such.

I personally didn't find the crinkle-cut look to interfere with or take away from the look of my swirls, and the washboard effect sure is nice for kick-starting the lather (although it only lasts for a few showers or so), but I still don't use it much because it reduces the number of bars I'm able to cut from my loaf molds (7 bars instead of 8 ).

The reason for the lesser amount of bars is because when I use the crinkle-cutter, I prep my mold beforehand with the special crinkle end-liners that I made in order that my 2 end-bars have the crinkled look on both sides instead of just one side, and they end up decreasing the over-all length of my finished loaf. Although I could still get 8 crinkled bars if I really wanted to, they would be too skinny for the likes of me (anything 1" or lower is just too thin for me).

Here's a pic of one of my favorite crinkled soaps (Green Irish Tweed). It's in the form of a faux magazine cover. It's one of the things I do when I'm bored. lol If all you see is an X, hit the refresh button.




IrishLass :)
 

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I bought one when I first started soaping, used it once, never since. It was one of those soap related things I thought I HAD to have.
P.S. Nice soap, IrishLass!!!
 

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I like to crinkle cut about as often as I use a smooth cut. Just depends on my mood and the look I am going for with the soap. I tend to use it on the soaps with little or no design and for some reason on men's soaps.
 

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Lots of good replies here, thanks.
I'll probably order one at some point. Have been putting it off for over a year, maybe next time I put together an Amazon order I'll sneak one in. I put together one of those simple log cutting guides some time ago and made the spacing for the crinkle cutter... that makes it a little sloppy for a straight blade. Just kinda "thinking out loud".
I really like that faux magazine cover IL. Too bad it's not a real magazine, I would love to read it.
 

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