Thanks, Mary. It is a little scary looking, and a little cold, but the handle is long, because it is the 17mm size, and makes it easy to use. I also got a plastic one like yours, for travel, 'cause I don't know what TSA would think if they saw the stainless steel one in my carry-on, and I wouldn't like to have to explain it in front of other passengers. The 5 minute thing is new to me as I was told by my doc that 1 minute was fine. I think I'm gonna go for 2-1/2 minutes as a compromise!