Cutting Tip — Does the Cutter Matter?

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Rudi Gritsch, former Director of Research at Bullseye Glass Co. and a world-class glass cutter, says you should buy the best cutter you can afford.

If you are a good glass cutter and do not have to rely on a grinder or saw, you will save money. When you are cutting glass, you need to be accurate and comfortable.

There are many options available, so let these two rules be your guides:

  1. You will need a comfortable handle.
  2. You also need a carbide steel wheel.

This cutter does have a rest for your index finger — which does help — but honestly, that is all it has going for it, other than being very inexpensive. It makes my hand hurt just to look at it. It also has a steel wheel instead of carbide steel. Just stay away from it.

Stay away from this cutter.

This is called the Toyo Supercutter. My sister, Wanda, loves it. The cutter, called a saddle back, has a carbide wheel and allows for good pressure.

Toyo Supercutter.

This is a pistol-grip cutter. Pistols are our best-selling cutters, by far. The beautiful colored ones on the right are Toyo’s and they are wonderful cutters. The one on the right is a value knock-off of the Toyo. You get great leverage with this cutter.

Toyo pistol-grip cutters.

Value knock-off of the Toyo pistol-grip cutter.

These are all pencil cutters. Probably not the most comfortable to use, but certainly are a favorite of a lot of people. Note the one on the bottom has a wider head. This is called a tracking head, which is great for straight lines. Curves, not so much.

Pencil cutter.

Another style of pencil cutter.

Pencil cutter with a tracking head.

To see all the cutters offered at Stained Glass Express, click here.

 

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