New tool day; Summit fret nippers.

LtDave32

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Man, these things are incredible.

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You can get them with the fret hammer or without.

I chose with, because I pop my frets in.

The weight is a bit odd with the hammer, but I reckon I'll get used to it.

Upside is, I don't have to change hands or pick up another tool.

These are flush-cut, as they should be. Long handles for leverage, as they should be.

And they are made for stainless frets, again as they should be.

Got them from Allied Luthier.

A bit pricey at $80.00, but they cut frets as if they were butter.

And I'm sick and tired of struggling with my old Hosco flush cut, short handle nippers.

And I bought some other flush-cut nippers with long handles, and they can barely cut my damn fingernails.

$30 wasted.

The man who buys quality cries but once.

I'm thinking these will be the last I'll ever need, if they get dull, I'll have them sharpened.

Finally, a hand tool for frets that I'm in love with.
 

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The flush cut "luthier" fret nippers I had before were Hosco.

The same ones most other guys have.

Pitifully short handles. No leverage.

Used them on stainless a few times, because that's what I had.

Even before the stainless, they were getting dull rather fast.

I have to double-squeeze even for common nickel frets with those things.

Not anymore.
 

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The 1967 film inside the Gibson factory, a gal is installing frets with a very similar combination tool..
 

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If you want this with no hammer, you can also check Jescar..



..and I had no damn idea that Jescar, the fret-wire people, made fret tools!!!
 

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If you want this with no hammer, you can also check Jescar..



..and I had no damn idea that Jescar, the fret-wire people, made fret tools!!!

LOL. Out of stock there too...
 

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how is the width of the cutter? The biggest challenge I have is getting between the narrow fret slots. I had a pair I ground narrower, but now replaced them with StewMac blue handled nippers. They are a challenge between small frets
 

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how is the width of the cutter? The biggest challenge I have is getting between the narrow fret slots. I had a pair I ground narrower, but now replaced them with StewMac blue handled nippers. They are a challenge between small frets

They are 3/4 wide, Joe. A bit more narrow than the common Hosco cutters.

I just tried them out on a scrap stainless fret. Cuts easy!
 

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The Summit tang nipper for bound necks works great too. Very flush cut. Maybe a bit awkward to use at first.
 

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