I'm sorry it took three of your posts before I answered this query;
year end is always a rushed time for me (inventory, closing the
books, and after Christmas order filling). I have used the Lindstom
pure flush cutters, both the medium duty and light duty (#'s 8162 and
8142), for a while now and I love them. I polish the tips of the
light duty and use them for trimming prong length after setting
without damage to even sensitive stones like tanzanite and opal (
the practice saves on the movement of prongs due to drag during
filing them), and they are great for cutting excess length off of
soldered hinge wires as close to a bracelet or hinged shank body as
possible. They don't cut a truly flush; but they are as close as I've
ever come to it short of using saws. Of coarse only one side of the
wire being cut is flush, the other is angled.
They are quite durable. I've been able to push the light duty to cut
up to 14ga.-14K white gold wire many times. I have once snapped the
tips on my light duty by doing this, which is why I now have both
models. I reshaped the tips of the pair I snapped and they are back
in service for prong work only.
Paul (in soon to be chilly, snowy (again) Colorado.