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Micro-Shear® Flush Cutters – FAQ

How Micro-Shear® Flush Cutters work.

Micro-Shear® Flush Cutters, how do you choose the right one?

In the last few years we’ve seen more and more brick-and-mortar stores closing.  This has left a significant hole in the jewelry community.  Jewelers have fewer resources and less access to knowledgeable people.  We’ve been fielding more and more phone calls asking for help choosing the right tool for the job.

We would like to outline five of our favorite tools and what applications they work best for. But first the big question…

What is a Micro-Shear®?

Traditional wire cutters meet sharp edge to sharp edge and cut by compressing (squeezing) the wire.  Xuron® Micro-Shear® Flush cutters cut by shearing, similar to a scissor action.  The sharp edges slightly bypass.  This bypass produces flatter, flusher cuts.  Bypass blades have increased longevity.   The two sharp edges aren’t continually contacting and wearing at each other, therefore the blades stay sharp longer.

Which tool should I use to cut heavier gauges of wire?

2175 Maxi-Shear™ Flush Cutter

The 2175 is an ideal tool for metalsmiths and those working with thicker gauges of soft wire.  Hard working, long lasting and comfortable longer handles; make the 2175 the perfect “go-to” cutter.  Cuts up to a 12 gauge (2mm) soft wire.
The model 2175 - one of several Xuron Micro-Shear® Flush Cutters

I work with steel, do you have a cutter for hard wire?

2193 Hard Wire Cutter

The cutting blades of the 2193 fully bypass, causing it to break the wire rather than squeezing it.  The result is both ends of the wire are near perfectly flat. DO NOT use any other cutters on steel; it will damage the blades. The 2193 Hard Wire Cutter can cut up to a 16 gauge (1.2mm) hard steel wire.

Xuron Hard Wire Cutter 2193.

Can I use a Micro-Shear® to cut sheet metal?

No.  Micro-Shears® are not designed for cutting long surfaces of material like sheet metal.  Sheet metal applies pressure the full length of the blades.  The blades can not withstand this type of pressure.  However, we have a solution. You can use a metal shear.  The 9180NS Metal Shear is a wonderful tool for cutting nonferrous sheet metal up to 20 gauge.  The blades fully bypass like scissors.  The return spring and lack of finger-loops make this an easy to use ergonomic shear.

Xuron Metal Shear 9180NS.

I want to cut beading cable, like Soft Flex or Beadalon.  What’s the best option?

410 Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter

The slim profile and precise tips of this cutter make it the ideal candidate for cutting beading cable.  It can reach into restricted areas and trim cable close to findings and beads.  The 410 can also cut up to an 18 gauge (1mm) soft wire.

410 Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter.

Xuron Model 9100F.

I saw something about a thingy that catches the wire?

It sounds silly but we get this exact question all the time! This magical little device is our “wire retaining clip”.  It’s a thin piece of metal that is permanently attached to the cutter.  When you cut the retaining clip applies pressure to the opposite blade and simply holds the cut off wire; no flying wire bits! Pictured below is our Model 9100F Oval Head Micro-Shear® Flush Cutter with Wire Retainer; rated for cutting up to an 18 gauge (1mm) soft wire.

Check out this video to see it in action!

Do you have any questions about Micro-Shear® Flush Cutters?

Contact us at sales@xuron.com

Ashley Bunting

Ashley Bunting

I have been making jewelry my whole life. Growing up with an electrician for a father, I was always digging through boxes of scrap wire and metal bolts and bits. My grandfather was a general do-it-all man and his workshop was an incredible place. The hundreds of tiny drawers filled with washers, screws, doodads, and light bulbs amazed me. I inherited the family love of baubles and parts. I spent my college years attending The University of the Arts where I received a BFA in sculpture. In school I discovered my appreciation of the hand-held object and explored the connection we feel towards objects. Until 2013 I worked at The Beadin’ Path in Freeport, ME where I was the head designer, taught classes, developed new products and traveled as a Sales Representative. I was also a self employed jewelry artist and author. My book, Fiber & Cord Jewelry was published in 2015. Today, I am the Marketing & Brand Manager for Xuron Corporation where I love getting my hands dirty helping with product develpment as well as creatiing marketing materials, traveling to trade shows, and connecting with the wonderful people who use our products.

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