Monday, April 18, 2016

Product Review: Nimble

I received a sample of Nimble for free, but I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. As stated in my product review policy, my reviews will always be 100% honest. 

I was recently contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing a new product called Nimble.* Nimble is a thimble-like device that you can use to cut open plastic or paper packaging with the simple swipe of one finger. It sounded like an interesting product, especially since I know from experience that getting into packages can be a real struggle when you are dealing with hand pain. 

I wondered how difficult it would be to use - i.e. how much pressure would you need to apply to make it work? What if my pointer finger was in too much pain - would it work on another finger? It's always a balancing act figuring out how to use tools with painful hands. But I thought that even if Nimble required concentrated effort from a particular finger, it might still be easier than awkwardly using scissors or a knife to open a package. 

When my Nimble arrived I was pleased that it fit comfortably on whichever finger I wanted to use. The little ceramic "blade" is tiny - you can even run your finger over it without getting cut. And the amount of pressure needed to cut through packaging is very minimal. My only piece of constructive criticism is that it wasn't immediately intuitive to me whether there was a "right" or "wrong" way to face the blade for use - but it was easy enough to figure out after playing around with it for a little bit. 

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The developers of Nimble have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the second launch of Nimble. If you aren't familiar with how Kickstarter works, you pledge a certain amount in return for the product - but you only get charged if the campaign meets its goal. Once the campaign closes you will get your product, though it may take a bit of time as the funds you pledge go to creating the product. 

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