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In the realm of model kit building, especially Gunpla, the right set of nippers can make all the difference. Two primary types dominate the scene. Standard Nippers: These double-bladed tools resemble small side cutters. Great for beginners, they’re versatile and affordable. They can handle a range of plastic thicknesses but might leave a bit more of a nub on the part. Check out some popular sellers, Manwah Budget Nipper, Manwah Premium Nipper, Bandai Entry Nipper Single-Sided Nippers: Boasting one sharp blade and one flat side, these nippers are precision tools. They offer cleaner, closer cuts, ensuring minimal nub remains, which...

In the realm of model kit building, especially Gunpla, the right set of nippers can make all the difference. Two primary types dominate the scene.

  1. Standard Nippers: These double-bladed tools resemble small side cutters. Great for beginners, they’re versatile and affordable. They can handle a range of plastic thicknesses but might leave a bit more of a nub on the part. Check out some popular sellers, Manwah Budget Nipper, Manwah Premium Nipper, Bandai Entry Nipper

  2. Single-Sided Nippers: Boasting one sharp blade and one flat side, these nippers are precision tools. They offer cleaner, closer cuts, ensuring minimal nub remains, which is a boon for detailing. However, with precision comes fragility, and they’re usually pricier than their standard counterparts. Examples of these are Manwah 2109, Dspiae EN-A, Dspiae ST-A 3.0 and GodHand SPN-120

  3. Bladeless Nippers (or Pliers): These are not designed for cutting. Instead, they're used to hold parts or twist and break parts from the sprue. Their design minimizes the risk of unintentionally damaging or stressing parts during removal. 

Beyond these two primary categories, there are variations in quality, material, and craftsmanship. High-quality nippers made of superior steel and precise forging processes will provide cleaner cuts and last longer but will come at a higher price point.

For most modelers, either standard or single-sided nippers will be essential. The choice between them often comes down to budget and desired level of precision during the initial part removal from the sprue.

You can read more about Single Sided Nippers in our Blog Article.


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Demystifying Nippers Once and For All

Let's chat nippers. These are like the Swiss Army knives for model builders. Got those standard ones, great for general snipping. But if you're all about precision (who isn't?), single-sided nippers are your jam – one flat side, one sharp blade, and oh-so-smooth cuts. Price doesn't always mean quality, but sometimes splurging gives you a nipper that lasts ages. And remember, a well-cared-for nipper is a happy nipper. Whatever you pick, happy building!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between single-sided and standard nippers?

Single-sided nippers have one sharp blade and one flat side, offering super-clean cuts with less stress on the plastic. Standard nippers have two cutting edges, and while they're great for general cutting, they might not be as precise as single-sided ones.

Are pricier nippers always better quality?

While pricier nippers often use better steel and forging techniques, which can lead to a cleaner cut and longer lifespan, what's essential is how they fit your needs and budget.

How do I maintain and care for my nippers?

Keep them clean, wipe off any plastic residue after use, and store them in a protective case. Occasionally, oiling the joint can keep the action smooth.

Can I use the same nippers for all types of plastic and model kits?

While you can, using specialised nippers like single-sided ones can yield better results for precision cuts. We don't recommend the single sided nipper for cutting parts from sprues, there role is for final trimming. Always choose the right tool for the job!

How often should I replace my nippers?

It depends on usage. High-quality nippers, when cared for, can last years. If they start to dull or don't cut cleanly, it's time to consider a new pair or sharpening (we don't recommend trying to sharpen nippers yourself this will likely end in disaster)

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