I recently set out to buy a new pair of plastic clippers for removing components from a sprue.
I decided to look around on the internet to see what other model makers were using, and came across some glowing reviews for the Xuron Professional Sprue Cutters product. A local online retailer, hobbytools.com.au sold them for around $30, and they looked like they checked the boxes I was after – the clippers use a shearing action and the blades tapered to a fine point. The end blades are slightly bent to allow access to all parts of the sprue, and they looked large and sturdy. I figured I’d give them a go and ordered a set.
Having used them now on one project, I can say that the many glowing online reviews of this product are entirely correct. These things are amazing.
The build is very good, with lightweight but strong metal covered by nice rubber handles. I like the size of them, which is large enough to fill your hand so you feel as if you have complete control – many clippers by gaming companies tend to have much smaller designs. The spring-back is gentle, it’s just enough to give you a nice release from the closed position without the sheers flying back when you release the pressure. The blades are very sharp and taper to a very fine point, meaning you can do precision cutting on minute and delicate components. The blades are also slightly offset, so that they use a shearing action to cut rather than pressure. This gives a cleaner cut requiring less force, and also means components don’t go flying off the sprue to land who-knows-where.