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      Your tip/s for cutting rubbers neatly?

      My tip is:

      1)get the outline of the blade face size.

      2)add an extra 1-2 mm for shrinkage allowance.

      3)Cut it out.

      4)apply the glue to both rubber and blade

      5)Allow glue to dry,then stick it together.
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      I'm cutting with 9mm utility knife direct on the blade immediately after gluing.
      Looks perfect

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      I cut it with a little nail scissor after I have glued the rubber, works perfectly!

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      My trick is to use a pair of scissors designed for cutting carpet pads (they are called Duckbill napping shears). In the US you can get them at Home Depot.

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      I have successfully used anything from $.50 kids scissors to perforated utility blade to medics scissors designed to cut through your combat uniform to get access to wounds quickly. The scissors all work if you follow the principle of short cuts and control deep in your scissors is where you make the short cuts. the utility blade you snap one off for fresh blade and press hard and cut around in one shot. Korean coaches use this method and their knife costs under $2 in the cheepo section and can do 100 bats with 5 lengths of blade inclusiv.

      To get the overhang, I use the scissors method and you just use your eyes and hand and be calm, but decisive. Really difficult to do the overhang using exacto blade.
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      This is what a pair looks like and they will cut through a riggers belt and just about anything.

      And they are inexpensive.

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      Quote Originally Posted by the_gift View Post
      I'm cutting with 9mm utility knife direct on the blade immediately after gluing.
      Looks perfect
      I use a 18mm 'box-cutter' knife, and also cut right along the blade edge after gluing. This gives me the best result too.

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      After seeing the coach at a club that I used to play at (until it went out of business) cut sheet after sheet of rubber like a machine with a scissor, and how it took him moments and came out perfectly every time, I decided that if you have cut enough sheets a scissor works fastest and well. Until you have done it enough times the scissor feels awkward. I used to use an X-acto knife until I decided I just had to get used to using scissors. Now scissors are easy for me.


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      I got a pair of $.50 Kid's scissors in my orange Nexy bag (Carl saw it and thought I waz a lady Bowler haha) along with glue, rubbers, edge tape and everything to service a bat.

      You would be surprised at how well a 50 cent piece of scissors works, but I agree with Haggisv, the ultimate cut is from fresh box cutter blade and experience. Still, I can do a very pro job with the scissors and I use edge tape, so you cannot tell difference.

      Doesn't matter after a few weeks as all modern rubber will begin to chip at the edges anyway and you get/make battle damage as you use Ur bat.

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      Quote Originally Posted by haggisv View Post
      I use a 18mm 'box-cutter' knife, and also cut right along the blade edge after gluing. This gives me the best result too.
      Same here, knife is the shit!

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      Quote Originally Posted by 3Star View Post
      Same here, knife is the shit!
      Yup. You should see the Korean female coaches go to work with one of those things. They work fast and cut right through. You really do NOT want to piss off coach, she could cut you faster than a cat could scat.

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      So you first cut then glue??

      I use box cutter type blades and cut once glued on.
      One of the neatest in the country was the feedback I got.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Tony's Table Tennis View Post
      So you first cut then glue??

      I use box cutter type blades and cut once glued on.
      One of the neatest in the country was the feedback I got.
      No, I think most of us glue first, then cut. If the knife is sharp the cut is usually perfect.
      If you cut first before glueing, then the alignment is too hard to get perfect.

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      Quote Originally Posted by haggisv View Post
      No, I think most of us glue first, then cut. If the knife is sharp the cut is usually perfect.
      If you cut first before glueing, then the alignment is too hard to get perfect.
      OP: Cut first, apply glue second, then stick together.....

      3)Cut it out.

      4)apply the glue to both rubber and blade

      5)Allow glue to dry,then stick it together.

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      Regarding OP (if my understanding is correct), I know one coach who does this (old school Jpen player from Taiwan).
      I tried it out and didn't like it - I think with Jpen blade, it is easier to align. But agree, any round cpen or sh is near impossible to align properly.

      Obviously for own use, it doesn't matter, but for us shops, alignment is 100% important.
      If I make any mistake, I will eat the cost and give customer a new sheet.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tony's Table Tennis View Post
      So you first cut then glue??

      I use box cutter type blades and cut once glued on.
      One of the neatest in the country was the feedback I got.
      Correct.as of recent,i have been cutting before sticking.
      The alignment isnt difficult.it comes exactly how i want it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tony's Table Tennis View Post
      OP: Cut first, apply glue second, then stick together.....

      3)Cut it out.

      4)apply the glue to both rubber and blade

      5)Allow glue to dry,then stick it together.
      I was referring to most of the posts that followed, including my own.

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      Quote Originally Posted by haggisv View Post
      I was referring to most of the posts that followed, including my own.
      Thats correct.i too used to glue first then cut,but tried 1 time cutting first then gluing,and i liked the way it came out,so i stuck with it.

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      My tip for cutting rubbers neatly is simple - DON'T. Short cuts with any scissors are more than good enough and most modern rubbers shrink anyway.
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      I can make a perfect cut with a stanley knife and a reasonably new blade. However, since I try to keep a bit of rubber overhang, I often end up using scissors.
      The overhang helps with shrinkage when I reglue / stick rubbers on my spade blade, and (at least in my mind) help protect the blade as the first thing that is hit is the rubber (which gets changed), not the blade.
      To try or not to try?

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