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    Hello
    I have 2 disc cutters, neither of which have a clamping mechanism. Recently iíve had a problem getting a clean cut, one punch even keeps jumping up and out!! I wondered whether I can get the punches sharpened or do I have to bite the bullet and buy a new disc cutter... if so can anyone recommend a modestly priced disc cutter with plates that clamp the together please?

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    Andrew Berry I think has a talk on sharpening the punches.
    I have one like yours and found difficulties in cutting neatly so after some looking about I bought a clamping one. I found it on eBay at £79. So far very good. If you do get one do smear some Vaseline around the edge of the cutter. I found this helped no end. Have just looked up on eBay. It looks as if this circular one is one of about 3 on eBay that clamps. It is much cheaper than the Artisan or Durston variety. So far so good.


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    Have look at this with one exception use anything but 3in one (I hate the stuff)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDsefCS3U9g
    You can modify the non clamping types but these days you can get the clamping types fairly cheap (as said above) especially as a starter set

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    Thank you both for your information, I will look at the sharpening methods but whilst I am a junior member on this site I am very much a senior member everywhere else!! I had bought a cutter from Cousins but it was very different from the photo so I returned it. I will definitely look at the models you suggested. I am willing to pay that sort of price but can’t justify lots more as i’m just a hobby jeweller. Many thanks.

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    I wouldn’t go past my Swanstrom, cheaper than Durston who are producing anything they can at a much dearer price. I had to buy it from Rio Grande though so don’t know what the extra shipping costs would be now

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    Quote Originally Posted by china View Post
    Have look at this with one exception use anything but 3in one (I hate the stuff)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDsefCS3U9g
    You can modify the non clamping types but these days you can get the clamping types fairly cheap (as said above) especially as a starter set
    That's a good tutorial: not much superfluous waffle. Please note that not many cutting punches have sloping ends, so don't try to introduce one that wasn't there before. Dennis.















    irst place. Dennis.

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    Hi
    I watched the tutorial which was really helpful, I will have a go at doing that today. I expected to have to do something like grinding the edges! However, the tutorial it did recommend a link to Pepetools which may prove too tempting ...... they have a significant discount at the moment........

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    I have friend in QLD she makes jewellery for a living and has had the earlier version of this for years and is very happy with it.
    https://pepetools.com/collections/cu...sc-cutting-kit.

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    Hi China

    I decided that as i’ve been housebound for much of this year I would treat myself to the Pepe cutter. I ordered it last night and they have shipped it already and it’s now in the UK. amazing! They had a discount and I managed to find a $30 voucher which made it much more affordable. Thank you for your advice. The downside of the Forum is that I can spend far too much time browsing, it’s fascinating!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madryn View Post
    Hi China

    I decided that as i’ve been housebound for much of this year I would treat myself to the Pepe cutter. I ordered it last night and they have shipped it already and it’s now in the UK. amazing! They had a discount and I managed to find a $30 voucher which made it much more affordable. Thank you for your advice. The downside of the Forum is that I can spend far too much time browsing, it’s fascinating!!
    You’re now on the slippery slope! I blame another forum for tempting me into the Swanstrom disc cutter, my first big spend in decades

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