Flush Cutters vs. Side Cutters
by Dale Armstrong
What's the difference between side cutters and flush cutters? It's an important question when you're choosing your cutters. If you want a nice flush cut, where ends can join smoothly, like jump rings, you definitely need flush cutters.
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The term "flush" means level or straight and on the same plane, so flush cutters cut a wire level.
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Side cutters or angle cutters, cut on an angle, meaning the wire edge will be cut to one side.

The choice of use is totally up to you, the wire jewelry maker. For example, if you are cutting jump rings, a flush cutter will allow the jump ring to be closed on a level plane, whereas when using an angle cutter to make jump rings, you would need to cut both ends of the jump ring at opposite angles to make it fit together smoothly. This is also known as "double cutting."

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong

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