Glass Cutters

The Thomas Grip Cutter-  Our Pick!                           


Easy to use

Simplifies cutting



Reduces hand fatigue

Hard to find

Frequently misunderstood

Good Value

The Thomas grip cutter, from Toyo is our favorite glass cutter, and these days the only one we use at Dodge Studio. (I may as well tell you right up front that we don't use it quite the way they show in the manufacturers illustrations, though...but more on that later.)


And now, the promised "more on that"...

We'll start with the two illustrations from Toyo showing their suggested ways to hold the Thomas Grip. (It has long been my suspicion that the guy who did the illustrations never spoke to the guy who invented the cutter though.)

Next I'll try to describe the way we use it.
We hold the cutter in a vertical position, (straight up and down as in the photo below), but with the swiveling "saddle" piece on top placed so that the flat end of it rests on the ball of the hand, and the curved part of the saddle comes up between the pointer and middle fingers. The thumb, pointer and middle finger wrap around the barrel just above the wheel cartridge.
Holding the cutter like this allows you to have great control because no muscle power is exerted holding the cutter. All downward force is exerted by the ball of your hand, not your fingers. But the real trick here is that the saddle part has a swivel built in. You can turn the barrel of the cutter, making curves on the glass, without turning your hand. You can turn the barrel with the tips of the thumb and two fingers while the saddle rests still in your hand. It makes it possible to cut a circle without lifting the cutter off the glass if you want to...without even turning your wrist!

For added control I often hold onto the head of the cutter with two fingers of my other hand and guide it along.
Only $26.95 

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Toyo Custom Grip Cutter
(aka "Tap Wheel Cutter)

(Oil fillable)

O.K., if you pressed us to make a second choice in the cutter pageant, this is the one.
While I truly prefer the grip of the Thomas to this one, it is not at all bad, and it is convertible! It comes with two different hand rests that you can swap or turn upside down and a spacer that can be moved above or below the protruding rest. This gives you many possible combinations.

The best part about this cutter, however is that it represents the first real advance in actual glass cutting technology in as long as I've been in the business!

The "Tap Wheel" cutter uses a new technology that causes the cutter wheel to vibrate driving the score deeper into the glass improving your chances of success.


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Toyo Pistol Grip Cutter

(Oil fillable)

The pistol grip is probably my least favorite cutter, but we get people in here who swear by them. If you read the description of the Thomas Grip Cutter at the top of this page, it includes an abbreviated version of my little tirade about the pistol grip.

That said, if you've been using pistols and are happy with them, we won't think any the less of you if you order one!

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Toy Brass Supercutter

(Oil fillable)

If you just plain like the feeling of something substantial in your hand, this one's for you.  The brass supercutter uses the same great long lasting head as the other Toyo offerings (with the exception of the Tap Wheel), and is made of heavy brass.


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Toyo Acrylic Supercutter

(Oil fillable)

This one us just like the brass supercutter, but it lightweight acrylic.

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Fletcher Ball End Cutter

This is the "old standby.  In the "olden days" it was pretty much the only show in town.

It's a bit hard on your wrist if you work a lot, but still gets the job done!




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