Yes, Tronex cutters cut all of the four popular gauges of Soft Flex and similar braided beading wire. The most popular cutters for this service are the Tronex Taper Relief Cutter.
Tronex is considered a leader in cutting and pliers technology. Designed and manufactured in Fairfield, California, these Made-In-The-USA tools offer precision, excellent control, and superior performance. Originally developed for work in the electronics industry, these pliers and cutters are the jeweler's best friend, too. From cushioned grips (with a no-slip surface and made of a static dissipative material) to standard or ergonomic length handles, these tools will make your creative task an enjoyable one. Cranking out wire-wrapped charms, delicate detail-work, cutting stubborn gauged wired, ensuring a truly flush cut—all these things come together just a bit smoother with Tronex Tools.
FAQ from Tronex Tools
The good folks at Tronex have compiled this list of frequently asked questions to empower you to make informed decisions when considering purchasing a Tronex product.
Unless your employer mandates the use of ergonomic tools this decision is really a matter of personal preference. Some users with particularly small hands prefer cutters and pliers in standard handle length. Some users also believe that tools with short handles give them more control. Other users like to be able to put all four fingers on the handle of long ergonomic tools because this is not easy to do with short handle tools. Tools with long ergonomic handles require less force to operate. So they can be less fatiguing to work with in repetitive tasks. Even some users with small hands become accustomed to working with long handled tools with practice and favor them. Tronex makes it easy for users to select tools with long ergonomic handles by offering this option with almost all of its models and by minimizing the added cost.
Generally speaking, Tronex cutters are not suited to cut memory wire. Memory wire (made from Nitinol or nickel titanium) is wire so hard that cutting it will leave a slight nick in the cutting edge of a Tronex cutter made from carbon steel.
ESD stands for “electrostatic discharge”. Tronex grips contain an additive which disperses the buildup of an electrostatic charge. This is done to protect sensitive components on printed circuit boards from being damaged by an electrostatic discharge. Rub the handles of a Tronex cutter or pliers on a woolen sweater in a dry environment and they will not build any detectable charge.
This is a variable highly dependant upon the material cut. Generally speaking, a Tronex cutter can make several hundred thousands cuts before it becomes too dull to cut properly.
First of all, keep your tools clean, dry and free of all moisture, particularly salt water including sweat. Secondly, apply a very thin coat of an oil or lubricant, such as WD-40. If, despite your precautions, spots of rust appear on the tool they can be easily removed by rubbing with fine sandpaper, file, or other abrasive.