Which flush cutter do I use for my jewelry-making project? Serious jewelry artists
have multiple pairs of wire cutters, each used for different purposes. Read the
descriptions below to see which one is best for your project. If you are doing
both wirework and beading, you will probably want one of each of these quality
|Name of Cutter||Ideal Usage||Rockwell Hardness|
PL410/ Xuron 2175 Flush cutter
A great beginner's cutter. Being flush, it will cut right next to your crimp
or wire wrap with out leaving a pointy end.
It is great for beading wire,
though with a Rockwell hardness less than steel, SoftFlex wire will dull the cutters
with extensive usage. It is a great cutter for the price, so if you use them so
much that they get dull, upgrade to a better cutter. Then keep these as a second
Cuts soft wire up to 14 gauge. Do not use these for memory wire or
other hard wires because they will put little dents in your blades.
Beadsmith PL5000 Ultra-Flush Cutter
This Italian-made ultra-flush cutter makes an absolutely straight cut - with
no "shelf edge" left over on the wire.
Perfect when making fused
chain so that the two sides of the wire will be absolutely flush with each other.
Also good for making a jump ring out of the cut pieces of chain. If you use this
with SoftFlex or other steel wires, it will dull these cutters. Do not use these
for memory wire or other hard wires because they will put little dents in your
Cuts wire up to 14g.
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The combination of the hardness or this cutter, the flush cut
and pointy tip makes these ideal for SoftFlex and Beadalon. It is heavenly to
The flush cutting edge stays sharp longer than "Razor"
flush or ultra-flush, and the imperceptible ridge is insignificant in stringing
projects. The pointy tip gets into the tiniest places.
Cuts wire up to
16g. Do not use these on memory wire.
Tech Memory Wire Cutter
This is a great economical cutter for the very hard metals, such as memory
wire, snowflake forms, or some base metal chains.
The cut is not really
flush, but they do cut extremely hard metals. I did not see a difference between
these and the memory wire cutters that cost $17./ pair.
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