Short and sweet, the Swanstrom Disc Cutter is a seriously clever little tool. Each set features a spring-loaded die plate made of shock-resistant, tempered and hardened tool steel. Made in the USA, this is one superior quality product that every jeweler should have on their bench.
I heed and hawed around before purchasing my set. They are not cheap. But the time I have saved with these quality cutters is worth every penny I spent. This was an investment well-worth making! As my Dad always said, you get what you pay for.
Now I am the proud owner of three sets; the circular, the square and the oval set. I hope to add additional shape sets in the future. When using your disc cutter, make sure you have a urethane pad underneath the set to absorb the blow from the 2 pound brass-head mallet you will be using to hit the cutters. This will protect the cutters and work surface resulting in a sharp, crisp cut every time.
I also rub a little Bur Life on the bottom of my cutters. It makes for smoother cuts and less friction on the cutters. It comes in stick, paste and liquid. I prefer the stick.
Make sure to include the Swanstrom Center Positioning Die Set with your purchase. There is a coordinating die set for each disc cutter set. These dies make center positioning a breeze!