My husband loves gadgets. It doesn’t matter what kind. He loves electronic gadgets, kitchen gadgets, gadgets that work with tools, etc. He is obsessed with gadgets.
While I can’t afford to indulge his every whim when it comes to his love for gadgets, I do buy him a Dollar Tree one here and there. The latest purchase was the Insta Slit Package Opener. It claimed to be helpful with those impossible to open plastic bags and packages. But does it work? Let’s take a look.
A product of Tee Vee Brands distributed by Greenbrier International, Inc. out of Chesapeake, Virginia, Insta Slit is available only through Dollar Tree Stores nationwide.
It says that is works well for boxes, CD’s, DVD’s, packages, plastic wrapping, pill bottles and more. It even goes so far as to brag that Insta Slit’s own package will be the final one with which you’ll have to struggle.
Oddly, there was no difficulty at all opening the Insta Slit packaging. It merely consisted of cardboard with plastic vacuumed sealed around the Insta Slit tool. I was able to pull the plastic easily away from the cardboard and the tool slipped right out.
Insta Slit contains two types of blades. One functions similar to that of a Xacto knife. You push the blue plastic button on the side of the Insta Slit upward and a small blade appears from inside the handle. According to its first claim, Insta Slit is supposed to be helpful in opening sealed boxes.
While the tool may work on box boxes, it is very short; less than ¼” in length. That is too shallow to work the blade into larger boxes or those made from heavy corrugated cardboard. Therefore, there is little truth to this claim as I see it. It gets only 1 out of 5 possible stars.
The second blade protrudes from a notched opening at the top of the tool. It is also shallow; this time only about 1/8″ in length. The blade doesn’t actually cut anything heavy. It won’t even cut paper on its own. However, if you can get the blade between layers of packaging, such as that between plastic and cardboard, it will slit the package open.
It is important to stress this point. You must first have an opening in which you can slide the tool. That means it will still take a knife, scissors or some other type of cutting tool just to get started. Then you can use the slitting motion of Insta Tool to complete the job. But what’s the point? If you already have a second tool out, wouldn’t it make more sense just to finish the job with that tool? Therefore, with regard to its second claim, I can only offer the tool 3 out of 5 stars.
Advertising on this product’s packaging says that it will open typical CD and DVD case wrappers. That also means it should open standard paper or plastic envelopes. However, it does not. Once again, you have to start the job with another tool and then switch to Insta Slit. Even then, it fails to cut most materials that I tried out. Insta Slit gets only 1 out of 5 stars on this claim.
Finally, Insta Slit claims that it cuts through plastic. It goes so far as to use the “like butter” claim. That is supposed to be an important selling point for those trying to open pill or other product bottles. Sadly, I couldn’t get the blade to even make a notch in plastic; much less actually cut into it. Therefore, it gets 0 out of 5 stars with regard to this final claim.
I love Dollar Tree and they have hundreds of wonderful products that make my life much easier. Sadly, Insta Slit just isn’t among them. It gets only 5 out of a possible 25 stars. It may only cost $1, but why spend the money if the product doesn’t work. This one doesn’t so save your hard-earned money!