Vargus UV-1


Plastic Edge Smoother

For those who decide to venture into the world of plastic arts-and-crafts, this is the tool that is of importance second only to your plastic bender.

When you saw or drill ABS (and many other thermoplastics), you create particles that get hot enough to stick together as a result of friction. So, you need to scrape them away, and a deburring tool is the right tool for the job.

I would not have believed that this weird-looking little gizmo can produce such a smooth edge. I’ve watched visitors pick it up in puzzlement and then smile with fascination when they realize how easy it is to use. Of course, it works on metals, too.

The manufacturer’s web site lists a veritable plethora of edge-smoothing devices.

— Charles Platt

Vargus UV-1
Available from Amazon

Manufactured by Shaviv