I am looking for good quality die nuts and taps 1mm, 1.5mm and 2mm. I
bought Rio’s, combo set but they don’t last very long, I am afraid,
and once the die plate has a worn thread cutter, you got to buy the
whole thing again. I want to buy the taps and dies individually.
The smallest individual Tap and Die I have been able to find locally
is made by:
Chicago, Illinois 60638
I bought it from a local hobby shop that sells a lot of radio
control airplanes, cars and boats. They are size 2mmX0.4.
You might search or contact K&S to find out where you can purchase
what you need.
I am looking for good quality die nuts and taps 1mm, 1.5mm and
2mm. I bought Rio's, combo set but they don't last very long, I am
afraid, and once the die plate has a worn thread cutter, you got to
buy the whole thing again. I want to buy the taps and dies
mcmaster.com has some small metric stuff but not quite in all the
sizes you listed. Far from cheap especially to your island. Dies are
harder to find and tend to be really pricy. There are also other
industrial tool suppliers.
Carbon steel dies are easy enough to make given a good tap. Gota
last longer than thin Indian dies made out of mystery metal.
Analog/Digital Modelling & Goldsmithing
Found a 14-peice micro-size tap and die set and individual taps and
dies ranging in size from #61 thru #30 at micromark.com
You might try to find a local gunsmith and see where he gets his
taps and dies locally. I know you are out of the states. I prefer
the gunsmith grade taps and dies.
Of course in the states,mcmaster or msc would have some. they
usually have a G3 number or something similar marked on them.
I would also use something like rapid tap or something with paraffin
in it. I work on lot of dies and stuff and usually prefer a quality
tap. You also need to consider getting the appropriate drills that
you use to make the pilot hole and whether you need a bottoming tap
or not given if it is a hole that goes thru the metal of if you only
going half way. You could download a chart telling you which taps to
use whether coarse or fine and the appropriate drill size for this.
Have a good one!
Indian Jewelers Supply Co.
Just a thank you to all the people that replied to my info request
for a source of 2mm taps and dies about three weeks ago. Cyrille
and they had precisely what I needed. They don’t ship
internationally so I had it go to my forwarding agents in Miami and
then by boat to St Maarten. And here they are. Very good prices too,
so I am very chuffed.