When it comes to being organized, it’s hard to beat Kaizen Foam for giving your tools a dedicated home. Kaizen foam is easier to cut and customize than traditional tool foam sheets, but it can still be difficult to do a great job.
FastCap is a company that never stops innovating, and they have come out with a few new tools that might make working with Kaizen foam even easier.
There are two new tools, a Kaizen Foam Scraper that helps smooth cutouts, and a Kaizen Knife Sled that helps with making straight cuts.
Kaizen Foam Scraper
The Kaizen Foam Scraper make it quick and easy to level out a cutout after you’ve peeled back the foam layers. The super-thin blade allows you to work in small or large tool cutouts, just grab the Scraper and flatten the bottom!
Although it’s called a scraper, the tool works more like a shaver, eliminating high spots to create a flat and even recess.
Kaizen Foam Knife Sled
The Knife Sled holds a snap-blade utility knife perpendicular to the foam, allowing you to cut the foam at the perfect angle. It holds the knife at a fixed angle but also a fixed depth.
Sure, you don’t need something like this, but making the same cut freehand requires you to hold the utility knife at consistent angles in two directions and at a consistent cutting depth, and you have to maintain control throughout the cut.
Although it might work with other utility knives, the sled is specifically designed for Fastcap’s TriBlade utility knife.
Kaizen Foam Hot Knife
The Kaizen Foam Hot Knife isn’t a new product, but it’s a versatile Kaizen foam customization tool that’s worth mentioning here.
The hot knife allows you melt the foam to either smooth out a cutout, or to add a nice round finger hold to leverage out tools.
I have owned the FastCap hot knife for a while, and when used carefully it certainly adds a better finish to cutouts. Despite Kaizen foam being made of laminated layers of foam, I still find it hard to get a perfectly smooth cutout. It’s particular good at creating thumb sized holes for leveraging out tools. It’s a messy and smelly tool to use, but it does the job effectively.
The scraper looks to be an easier way of smoothing cutouts, and I think it might even replace the use of the hot knife for larger cut outs.
Based on my experience, cutting out sections with a nice perpendicular cut can be a challenge. I normally use a ruler and a knife and whilst the top of the cut is clean, doing this cleanly throughout the full cutting depth is tricky. The sled is a nice and simple solution for that task.
What I like most about the sled is the backstory; it was invented by a FastCap customer who worked with them to bring it to market. In return, they pay out a royalty of 2-5%. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Stuart’s Note: FastCap has a number of other of tools that were developed by independent users and inventors like this!
I purchased both the scraper and the sled and plan to put them through their paces getting my NWS pliers set organized.