More Featured Items 1


Prolongs the life of your soldering iron

Can be used to prevent grinder head from locking to the shaft.

Anti-seize from Ungar comes in a little tube that represents about a lifetime supply. All it takes is a tiny bit on the screw threads of any iron to keep them from binding up.

Another application (featured as the December 1997 contributor tip) is to prevent the head from getting locked onto your can happen.....

Only $7.75




Bevel Closeout- Clearance Priced

Hard to find

Retail value (estimated)

$6.00 ea.

Clearance price
$3.00 ea.


Quantity available


Hard to find!

These bevels are done in the usual 3/16" thick plate glass, but the 11" * 6" size is very unusual. Great for etched designs!

Width of the bevel facet is approx. 3/8".



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 

Buy it here!


DHTML Menu courtesy of Opencube

Contributor commentary on Thomas Grip Cutter and how to hold it.

See More Featured Tools and Supplies

Return to home page
Featured Supplies

GlassTalk Bulletin Board
Safety Tips
The Help Desk
Glassworkers Tips


{The Studio}
{Directions to Dodge Studio}
 {About Custom Work} {Custom Work Gallery} {For Sale!}

All Pictures and Descriptions 1996-2006 Dodge Studio

DHTML Menu courtesy of Opencube