Yes, that clay loop is awesome, but I find that my hands hurt more with it.
I read from others in another thread about these damn stringy pumpkins that if you re-hydrate them, they somewhat come back to life.
I tried it today.
I found that out of 12 pumpkins, 4 were stringy.
All 4 were bought at the grocery store, the other 8 were from a pumpkin farm, and they were fantastic! Wet, goopy, and the clay loop cut through it like butter. No more grocery store pumpkins for me.
Anyway, back to re-hydrating them..........
I soaked it in water for a few hours while I gutted the other 12 pumpkins, then went back to thin it out some more and found that it was easier. It soaked some of the water up, and as long as I gutted it thin, I was able to carve it without any problems.
YOU CAN NEVER CARVE ENOUGH PUMPKINS!