I picked this up only because I liked the graphic on the box… and also I kind of desired cracked ice. If I recall, I got it at one of those church sales selling everything you could stuff in a plastic grocery bag for a dollar.
So, I know you’re thinking: “Does it work?” Well, the answer is “Yes.” However, it also sends splintery shards of ice flying everywhere, and I think it’s quite the eye hazard, wear goggles! Also, your hand freezes off while you’re holding the ice cubes. Not to mention it would make a really good weapon… knock somebody in the face with this thing with only a little effort!! It wobbles around and it’s easy to miss the cube… basically it is a very violent and dangerous way to crack ice, haha… so I think it’ll probably just stay on a shelf.
Obligatory self-portrait in the reflective surface…
The instructions read: “Place ice cube in palm of hand. With the other hand vibrate the Tap-Icer with wrist action. After a few light taps, the ice cracks into many pieces. The special spring action does the trick. Vibrate about two to three inches above the flat surface of the ice. Don’t pound.”
Pounding or not, the ice still flies all over… maybe I just don’t know my own strength! Claims to be made by the Tap-Icer Co. of Summit, New Jersey, Patent numbers 2474100-3155329.
The internet tells me it was patented in 1949. Despite my negative review, I found several websites singing the praises of this thing, so your mileage may vary.