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Seriously. I have always used individual cavity molds and now I have a loaf mold on the way! I am just a hobbyist, not selling. I make for my household and friends/family as gifts. I am trying to decide if I want to cut by hand with a knife or buy a wire cheesecutter that I can easily modify for soap cutting. Suggestions welcome.

I think I just found my answer on a past thread. Seems like wire cutters are way more consistent at getting a nice even clean cut, so seems like a modified wire cheesecutter will be the way to go to see if I like it.
 

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Hi, knife, crinkle cutter, wire, samuria sword. Several ways to cut soap. I prefer wire myself. Some people may use several methods. Depending on the soap they are working with.
This never would've occurred to me in my wildest of imagining! 🤣

Yeah, I'm thinking I'll just order a wire cheese cutter and modify it for an inexpensive way to try it out. My only concern with this is how to change the wire, if I ever need to.

I've never used a wire cutter - always a knife. But none of my bars weigh the same, so there is that to consider. It doesn't bother me that they differ because I sell the larger ones on the website, and the smaller ones on my market stall.
I don't sell, but I like consistent sizing or it will absolutely drive me nuts. The nonconsistent backs on the soaps I pour in individual cavity molds makes me bananas enough.
 
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I purchased my first wire cutter on destash from a FB destash group (back when I was on FB). Prices have come down for new ones since then, so it might be worth a peak on Etsy or Amazon for new ones, or destash groups on FB, Craigslist, etc., for used ones. Sometimes putting out a “wanted” ad on CL or FB will work, too.

Now I love my Hercules cutting station. It is pricey but Christmas is coming. 😀

Hope you find a great deal on something you like!
 
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Hobbyist here. I used a manual soap cutter and/or knife for a long time and could never cut straight down to save my life. Saving up for a soap wire-cutter was a game-changer! Now I get uniform bars. I've had it for awhile now and still get a thrill when I use it.
Yeh - but i use one of those mitre-box thingies.
 

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I couldn't cut straight bars even with the mitre box!
This would be me.
I hate cutting with a knife. I mean it gets the job done, but I am afraid I will cut a finger off LOL. Especially when trying to get the soap off the knife, because it sticks to it.
This too. I accidentally cut my fingers frequently enough in the kitchen.
 
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I use a knife too. I'm an amateur chef and love using my favorite chef's knife. It's the only double-duty equipment for soaping and the kitchen. I figure since the soap is cooked by the time I cut, I can get away with it, though I may get one of those ceramic knives strictly for soaping.

I started out with a miter box, actually this kit. I still use the molds too. I only use the last slot on the miter box, as the spacing for the rest of the slots is too skinny.

Mostly, however, I freehand it. There is something very satisfying about using a lovely heavy balanced chef's knife and cutting in to a loaf of soap :)

My workspace is the kitchen, so to protect the countertops, I use a silicone mat surrounded by newspaper. The mat has measurement markings on it, so I can keep my cuts more or less uniform.

I did get a wire slicer that's been good for horizontal cuts on slabs, Taiwan swirls, etc.

I do aspire to one of those multi-bar cutters, however, but I don't make nearly enough soap (yet) :) to justify the expense and the room needed to store it.

Funny, I can easily spend the cost of a cutter in a multitude of small purchases on FOs, and micas dribbled out over the course of a month, but plop it all down at one go for a big fancy tool? Noooooooo way :)
 
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Hobbyist here. I used a manual soap cutter and/or knife for a long time and could never cut straight down to save my life. Saving up for a soap wire-cutter was a game-changer! Now I get uniform bars. I've had it for awhile now and still get a thrill when I use it.
Same! My hand cuts were always in abstract as far as uniformity goes. But I now have a lovely 1” wire bar cutter and it pleases my adhd soul so much
 
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To all who said that the cutters are expensive…. They are, and more so for those of you paying shipping to various islands, far-flung continents, and such. Sorry about that. 🥲

I do see single-wire cutters for less than $100 on Amazon with good reviews. I’d also encourage you to search and advertise for destash cutters. I probably saw three on destash right after I bought mine. 😆 Even so, I don’t regret the cost at all. As noted above, I easily spend that much on a bunch of other ingredients over time. It didn’t hurt that I received a bonus or gift card or something like that which I used towards this, as well. It all came down to priorities (oh and cutting skills, which I sorely lack), which are so personal. Whatever works for you!
 

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