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October 7, 2007

Finger Guard — Episode 3: Price Break


Episode 1 way back on September 22, 2005 opened this space with a stainless steel entrant at a rather dear $14.95.

Episode 2 on August 13, 2007 expanded the materials arena by offering a hinged polypropylene version, with the added pluses of 1) a lower price ($9.99) and 2) creating it in the official color of bookofjoe, making it — duh — the Official Finger Guard of bookofjoe™.

Now comes the latest iteration from out back in the finger guard skunk works, no longer in our school color but 30% cheaper.

    Flexible Finger Guard

    In exclusive Williams-Sonoma red, this polypropylene shield easily slips over your middle finger — whether you’re right- or left-handed — and protects your fingers from cuts.

    The hinged rubber design allows the guard to bend with your finger and the bottom half holds ingredients in place.

    Dishwasher safe.

    One size fits all.

    2-1/4" x 2-1/4".


Still no Bluetooth or WiFi — maybe in the next version.

It would appear to this observer that the original steel iteration offers less protection for your razor sharp knife edges than either of the polypropylene offerings.



One last thing: Looking at the picture up top just now, it occurs to me that those sliced nubbins bear an alarming resemblance to fingertips.

Might I suggest changing out the demonstration material to scallions or celery or some other foodstuff whose color lies a bit further afield from the flesh spectrum?

People might well recoil from what they see above without ever realizing why they did so.

Just a thought.

October 7, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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Hmmm...I don't see the big deal. At the same time, WTF is that? Rhubarb? Seriously, it isn't that tough that you couldn't just lie it down on the chopping block, hold the end and whack whack whack. It doesn't look like the cuts are that delicate that you need precision control. Personally, I think anyone that would have that much trouble cutting anything like this shouldn't be trusted around knives in the first place...they might get an itch and stab themselves in the eye reaching for it. I mean, even when I'm three sheets to the wind I can control a knife better than that.

Posted by: clifyt | Oct 7, 2007 7:22:14 PM

Ah, careless comments in advertising. Some people just can't get this right, can they?

Take for example the leaflet shoved through our door a week or so ago from a developer seeking permission to build some new houses on a cleared site near us.

"Don't miss this opportunity to re-establish Woodside as an attractive, desirable and safe place to live". I don't suppose their sales office is going to enjoy explaining why they think that their new houses are in an "unattractive, undesirable and dangerous" place to live.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Oct 7, 2007 3:28:27 PM

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