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Silberschnitt 2000 Glass Cutter

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At work, we occasionally have to cut a bunch of optical mirrors or anti-reflex-coated float glass to precise measurements. It‘s ...

At work, we occasionally have to cut a bunch of optical mirrors or anti-reflex-coated float glass to precise measurements. It‘s a fairly thin glass substrate, too, being about a millimeter thick, and because it’s used in an optical setup and has a coating the use of oil glass cutters is out, as removing the oil may cause damage to the coating.

Similarly, because the glass substrate is thin and fragile, cutters that need too much pressure are out as well. Initially, we used glass cutters with a diamond tip, but somehow those didn‘t work too well and when breaking the scored pieces apart the fissure rarely followed the glass cutter’s mark. After a while, we stumbled over the Silberschnitt 2000 and it radically improved our yield. It takes very little pressure to score the glass, the ergonomics are surprisingly good and the cutter head has two nice, large, flat, and parallel sides which can be run along a high-walled ruler and get very precise cuts.

The cutting wheel lasts quite a while, we‘ve cut literally hundreds of small pieces of glass, so much so that the metal head is already scratched from all that running along a ruler, and yet it still manages to cleanly and easily score the glass. And it‘s not even crazy expensive or anything, which makes it even better.

-- Kristian Reinhart 03/19/21