ESSDEE Lino Cutter Set x 6

ESSDEE Lino Cutter box set include 5 designs of high carbon steel precision cutters and a sturdy handle complete with an aluminium collar which allows the cutters to be securely fitted and tightened with ease. Durable and long lasting, these cutters are precision ground to an optimum angle providing effortless lino cutting.

Made in England.

- #1 Cutter: For fine lines and cross hatching. Use at a steep angle and push forward with light pressure being sure not to go deep. Never try to plunge any cutter deeper than the ground sides of the point. With practice, a line of 0.5mm or less is possible in SoftCut material and a little wider in lino. Care is needed when inking up over lines this fine as it is easy to push the ink into the shallow lines with a soft brayer (lino roller).
- #2 Cutter: A universal and easy to use tool with a low angle of attack. Commonly used as a basic first time tool to cut lines up to 1.5mm or less.
- #3 Cutter: A tight, round cutter able to cut a 2mm deep sided line where needed. Great in straight lines, but more difficult to run. Great in SoftCut but cut too deep in lino and the upright wales of the cut can leave little support and weaken the top surface. With practice, it's useful for cutting small circles by using a swivel motion.
- #4 A wide, rounded bottom "V" cutter for lines 3mm wide with 45° walls for strength of print surface particularly important for fragile detail and unsupported straight lines such as a narrow tree branch with large open spaces each side in lino. A fast remover of material.
- #5 A thin line marking tool for making the first lines to define the design before using other cutters to remove the unwanted background. It can be pushed or dragged across the surface and turned very easily to describe curves and wavy lines. Cut deep into SoftCut or lino to devine the limit of the material removal. Particularly useful with Softcut as the material can cling at the end of a cut.

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