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Sprue Nippers . My Take .

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  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Sprue Nippers . My Take .
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Friday, October 19, 2018 1:44 PM

Okay ;

    The review by Paul was very good . But , he forgot the fact that some are just starting out and some of us are old stubborn dogs who have found their favorites . I personally use a self modified pair of Jewelry Wire nippers from Hobby - Lobby . These have the wider heavier head . But they have an absolute FLAT cutting surface on the back . 

    How about the midifications I made .Well , I hand filed two pair ( Total cost $12.00 with coupon )  Then I took one and carefully took a machinists file and thinned the jaws down at an angle so the point would fit in very tight spots .

    The other pair I did the same , But with less of an angle so they would fit between the gate and part on Wargaming figures . This created fine points and very useable tools . I still have the Tamiya tools , But , I found myself going back to the Hobby - Lobby tools .

   I still use them all , given what I do. Each is useful but I have found these cheapies to be awesome . Haven't had to sharpen them yet , and , I bought and modified two more for my brass projects where I build 1/96 scale rails and ladders . No filing of the part necessary . Don't try to cut piano wire or heavy brass wire / rod with them though ! 

 My take is this .Buy what works for you .If price isn't a problem get name brands .If price is a problem Buy Hobby - Lobby's jewelry wire cutters and you will still be good to go . T.B.

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, October 20, 2018 4:58 PM

I'm the same way. I've used the same type my grandfather gave me. That one has always been my go-to nippers. Soon, it did lose its uses so I went out and bought another of same type. I still use it to this day. 

Granted there are many brands out there and not to mention they're pricey too. i mean $15, $20 or more is a bit much to spend on a pair of nippers. Would I spend that much on a nipper? Maybe -  but only on one for tight spot nipping on sprues and one for PE only. 

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