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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:14 pm 
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I got to finally use this today: https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/product ... iling-jig-

I have tried the SM nipper and the Summit nipper. Both would distort the ends of the wire on thin Uke / Mandolin wire. At least they did for me. Could be a technique thing though. :D

This jig and a Nicholson bastard file were nice. Every fret came out perfect. Once you learn how much fret to expose it goes pretty quickly. Not as fast as a nipper for sure, but the results were really impressive.

It looks like there might be a few left. If you don't have a nipper or use thin wire, I would recommend it.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:09 am 
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We have the LMII version which is used for very thin stainless steel wires (the Summit tang tool gets used for most things) The last few strokes of the file determine just how well the crown fits, and any radius on the wire requires a bit of finesse to get those final few strokes perfect...I found it easy to nick the underside of the crown if I was not paying attention.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:12 am 
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Grab the fret tang with one of these...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Handle-Mini ... SwcBhWX75d

Make a little notch in your workbench, hold the fret with the end cutter where you want to end the "nip" and file away.
Have done it that way so long that the width of the end of the tool is a good 3/16" less wide than when new. Cheap, works and does not distort as long as the part of the fret you are filing fret sits in the notch.
Have done it on mandolins with .050" and even .040" wire for years.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:36 pm 
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I like that Haans, simple and works. I do much the same to wipe away any trace of tang after nipping them, just use a dedicated wooden block in a vice.

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