I got a message from someone a little while ago who was kind of miffed at the way I described an Icetool. I originally wrote:
This was not to say that those that own or use an Icetool are trying to look cool or be pretentious. The Icetool can be a handy tool at times, but I always found it to be cumbersome and ungainly.while the Icetool is a bulky, heavy stainless steel affair. (One can be seen at the beginning of the video posted above). It must be carried in its own case and is of little use outside of the home unless used for show.
I found that I always had to carry it in its case due to the way it attracted pocket lint. It caused a severe pocket bulge and weighed down my pants something awful. Of course, I carry a ton of stuff in my pockets so a two pound piece of steel wasn't helping anything. Nor was the plastic case that I found necessary to store it in. I even tried wrapping it up in a handkerchief, but it would still attract dust and fibers in the snus chamber. For something that is supposed to make the task of baking a pris so much easier, I found it to cause too many headaches. The only time I ever found it handy was when my hands were too dirty to bake a pris and I had no sink nearby to wash my hands. These occasions are few and far between, though, and if I had my choice I would carry a weightless, tiny prismaster.
My statement that an Icetool is mainly used for show outside of the home is based on the few snusers I know here in the US and the many that I know in Sweden. Most Swedes I know that have an Icetool are younger folks who very much use the tool to "show off". I want to note that most lös snussers over there look at such tools with disdain.
Here, my friends that have an Icetool seem to thrive on the looks and questions that they get from pulling out what is in essence a stainless steel syringe full of tobacco. This goes against what I was taught concerning proper etiquette involved with snus use. To each their own.
So yes, an Icetool can be a handy tool for someone new to handbaking that doesn't quite have it down pat yet, but also I think it can hinder someone from getting really good at the craft. The great sage philosopher Timmy Boston once wrote that fancy cigar cutters were nice and all- but everyone still should know how to bite the end off of a cigar for those times in which a cutter isn't available. That's the way I feel about Icetools.
So don't hate me anyone! I had an Icetool myself and used it (tried using it anyway) for a while before I went back to handbaking. I wasn't trying to imply that everyone that uses one does so to be a poseur.