12″ Guillotine Shear – Flickr

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The Pepetools 12″ Guillotine Shear

Weighing in with a 12″ blade, this shear is built to last for generations. Also available as a 6” and 4” model!

Check out our line of Bench Shears.

Special Thanks to Kathryn Riechert for sharing this and many other great photos on Flickr!

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Talkin’ Tools Tuesday – Pepe Guillotine

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Metal Me This

I’ve got friends who schedule recurring themes for different days of the week and it makes great sense! Helps to schedule and organize (two things I long to be really good at…)

So, welcome to Tuesday Tool of the Week, where I choose one of my favorite metalworking or jewelry making tools and share why I love and it and how I use it. I’m no expert by any means so maybe you’ll have some tips that will make me love that tool even more!

My current fave is my guillotine. It’s a compact “paper cutter”, but for sheet metal and who knew I’d love it as much as I do! I’ve got wrist and finger issues so my day job as a book designer and my work with metal and jewelry all take their toll, leaving me with distressed digits a lot of the time. Cutting sheet metal, even…

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Tools Of The Trade – Disk Cutters

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I discovered this tool when taking a riveting class last year. I decided then and there that it would be my next tool purchase! It  cuts circles from metal. The brand you choose makes a difference. Some are made with better steel, enhancing the precision of the cut. I purchased the Pepe brand for my bench.

So you say. Big Deal. Who needs precise circles or holes in metal anyway? Most metalsmiths find this a useful tool for punching holes into metal for riveting or for design (or both). You can also use the circles as part of a design. The larger holed disc cutters provide circles up to 2″ diameter. And that can create the beginnings of a beautiful pendant… without sawing. Sawing has it’s place but it is difficult to be completely accurate when sawing a circle. Or I should say I have this difficulty!

As I add…

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