Chief Scott’s effort to get the answer directly from the manufacturer is commendable. So the hole in the lid of some Kiwi black shoe polish is to let an improperly mixed batch dry out? Even though this answer comes directly from the manufacturer, I see some problems with it.
Firstly, why puncture the lid rather than simply remove it?
Secondly, why are all colors sold with punctured lids, if only a batch of black was mixed incorrectly? In asking this question, I’m drawing on the independent research I did today at two Targer and one WalMart store. Yep, all colors of 1 1/8 oz size are punctured. The 2 1/2 oz ones are not.
Thirdly, why does this condition persist today (Sept 2011) more than ten years after this bad batch was mixed?
In making this comment, I have the advantage of todays perspective, not available to the original author. But as the answer is still on offer, it should still pass muster. I don’t think it does.
Time to contact the manufacturer again?
NOTE FROM MODERATOR: Please be aware that this thread is from 2011, until revived in March 2014 in post #5. --CKDH