The OpenIt is a hand held cutter that has a large sharp pair of cutters for snipping and cutting things. It also has a sharp knife cutter and a small screwdriver for opening battery boors and removing packaging. You can purchase the OpenIt tool for $11.99.
Before I get started, I do want to point out that the review unit I received of the OpenIt is green and is slightly different than the orange version of the OpenIt on the manufacturer's website right now. The two devices have the same tools and features, the sole differences appear to be the color and the fact that the orange version has a flip out screwdriver while my green review unit has the screwdriver under a cap on one of the handles and the driver pulls free of the OpenIt for use.
At first glance, the OpenIt looks like some sort of garden tool. It has large offset cutting jaws that are very sharp. Those blades lock together for safety and are sharp enough that you can cut thick clamshell packaging with little effort. I have two kids that like toys and it seems like some sadistic person designs toy packaging today.
My daughter bought a new remote control car not long ago and there were at least ten wire ties holding it inside the package plus a small screw on the bottom. The OpenIt device easily cuts through plastic packages, cardboard, and snips those annoying wire ties with ease. The cutting blades also cut through thick plastic wire ties easily.
I generally end up using scissors or a steak knife on wire ties because they are so think my normal scissors take lots of force to cut the ties. The OpenIt cuts those ties with a fraction of the force normal scissors need. The little Philips screwdriver of my green test set is sized perfectly for opening battery doors and removing the screws that are used to hold toys in place in some packages. The screwdriver on my review sample is located on the left handle of the cutters.
The right handle has a short retractably razor knife for opening packages with tape and for cutting those impossibly sticky labels holding CDs and DVDs closed. The OpenIt razor knife doesn’t stay extended on its own, you have to hold your thumb on the slide constantly or it retracts automatically. The knife blade is not replaceable so after a few months of use if it gets dull you are out of luck. The sharp blade is hidden under a cap that is removable. I can see that cap getting lost quickly. It appears that the orange version on the manufacturer's website doesn’t use caps to cover the knife.
The OpenIt isn't perfect, but it is so much easier to open packages with it around. We are a few months out from Christmas now and this gadget is something you need around the house for Christmas day.
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