“The cutting edges don’t line up, is this tool defective” ? This is the single most frequently asked question (with regard to our Cutters). The answer is, No, this tool is just as it should be and the benefit is in the results.
When you see that the cutting edges don’t align perfectly, what you are noticing is Xuron Corp.’s Micro-Shear® blade bypass cutting method. Rather than two sharp edges meeting perfectly, our cutting edges are designed so that one slightly bypasses the other for a shearing type of cut. This graphic that is printed on our packaging sleeve illustrates how it works:
The term, Micro-Shear® is a registered trademark belonging to Xuron Corporation and is used to describe this bypass cutting method. Only cutters manufactured by Xuron Corporation can be called Micro-Shear®.
The benefit of Micro-Shear® cutting is in the results — your finished work will be smooth and flat and free of the “spike” found when using compression cutters.
I hope this helps clear up some of the mystery of the Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter!