25-degree Sprue Cutter
If you build models you are probably very familiar with Micro-Mark. Not only do they carry a wide range of modeling tools but also offer several kits in different media.
When starting a model getting the parts off the sprue cleanly helps lower the amount of clean up you need to do so finding a good sprue cutter is a great start. This product is manufactured by Fujiya out of Japan.
I tried it out on a kit I am working on for a review and it did a great job. The 25-degree angle gives good control to get up next to the part no matter the placement on the sprue. The cut was clean, but you need to make sure you are even with the part edge or you will live a bit of the connection.
They also advertise that this is a great tool for cutting soft wire but I didn’t have any available to test it on. My only concern from other products is once you cut metal it may not work as well on plastic later on. I will be looking forward to seeing how well it holds it edge over time.
The handle is coated with a rubber like material that is comfortable to the touch and adds a good grip to help keep the tool from slipping in your hand.
I will be making much more use of this cutter on the next kit I build.
Thanks to Micro-Mark and IPMS/USA for the review kit.