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Pepe disc cutter


#1

Hello to everyone. I am new to this group and have a question
regarding a tool. You all seem so knowleageable about everything
that I figured this question would get good answers. I want to buy a
disc cutter. In the Rio catalog there is a cutter that cuts most
sizes of discs. It is by Pepe. The cutter is 65.00. I am wondering if
this will be a good long lasting cutter, or if anyone feels there is
a better cutter for a similar price. I try to buy the best tools I
can afford. I have been silversmithing for two years so I am very new
to the industry. I am having some good luck selling jewelry though. I
enjoy all of the comments on the orchid forum

Jean Menden from Minnesota.


#2

Jean,

I originally purchased one for a community college that I teach at
and it has withstood the test of numerous students using it. I ended
up buying one for my own studio. It is an excellent tool, fairly
priced, IMHO.

Joel Schwalb
www.schwalbstudio.com


#3

I have two Pepe disc cutters. I have only used them occasionally over
the years and they have performed well. It punches neatly cut discs
with no metal distortion. I have used them on up to 24ga sterling
silver and 30ga 14k gold. The only complaint I have is that it is
difficult to line up the metal in the cutter to space the cutouts as
not to waste metal. I would recommend storing the cutter in the box
it comes in and keeping it well oiled. With the close tolerances of
the cutters in the tool the cutters could get rusted in place.

Rick Copeland
Silversmith and Lapidary Artisan
Colorado Springs, Colorado
http://home.covad.net/~rcopeland


#4

I have a pepe disc cutter and I love it! I use it everytime I sit
down

Take care


#5

just a quick note to say ive not read anyone mention it lasts longer
if you use a big vise to press the punch instead of using a big
hammer to pound on the punch


#6

I have a Pepe disc cutter and have bought one for use here at the
magazines workroom. I prefer to use them with a hydralic press to cut
the discs, as it minimizes the sheet metal shifting that can
sometimes happen with repeated hammering.

Nanz Aalund
Associate Editor / Art Jewelry magazine
21027 Crossroads Circle / Waukesha WI 53187-1612
262.796.8776 ext.228


#7
just a quick note to say ive not read anyone mention it lasts
longer if you use a big vise to press the punch instead of using a
big hammer to pound on the punch 

It will see less abuse that way and keep the punch aligned for a
better, more even cut. You can even put it into a hydraulic press or
manual arbor press too for more control. Albeit, it will probably be
a larger manual unit to cut the big disks.

P@
www.patpruitt.com