Gay Milton from Devon, England is looking for a supplier, in the UK,
for the tile nippers illustrated here. They are compound geared, have
replaceable blades and come in two sizes. If any one knows of a supplier
or shop where these are sold please contact us at Mosaic
Matters and we will forward details on to Gay.
nippers that are pictured are by Starrett Tools in the U.S. (Refer
to question #14). Their phone number is 1-978-249-3551. They can
probably tell you a distributor on the east coast to save on S&H
to England. If not, there is distributor in Seattle called the Bailey
E F Company at 1-206-762-4840 and (if possible, ask for Kevin) that
will sell them to you.
The prices and product numbers below are for Bailey EF Company.
For 5 1/2" nippers:
STR 235-5 1/2, Cut nippers w/adjustable jaws, 5 1, #STR 51066 Hardened
steel: $89.96 US dollars STR 235X-5 1/2, Carbide tipped J, #STR
51070 Carbide tipped: $115.46 US dollars
For 7" nippers: (The only difference between the 5 1/2" and the
7" is the handle length, NOT the vertical or horizontal cutting
STR 235-7, cut nippers w/adjustable jaws, 7in, #STR 51067 Hardened
steel: $110.40 US dollars
STR 235X-7, 7in w/carbide tipped jaws, #STR-51071, carbide tipped:
***Please BE AWARE that Starrett advertises these nippers for use
in mosaic work, yet the instructions clearly say they are wire cutters
and will not cut a flat surface. Only a maximum of 1/4" of the tile
(the vertical depth) can be inserted to cut, even though the width
can be adjusted much larger. *** If you do not like these nippers,
you can return them BUT they will charge you a restocking fee of
$17.00 for the 5 1/2" and at least $21.00 for the 7" size.'Arteest
September 2011 - Pamela Phillips has found that Starrett
is now a far-reaching company and has a factory in Jedburgh in the
Scottish borders. Furthermore they have a website (and online store)
at www.starrett.co.uk. To find the item just put nipper into the
search field and it takes you straight there. It is called an adjustable
jaw nipper and is sold primarily as a wire cutter that can also
be used to cut tile, and it even mentions mosaic as a possible use.
The price is £147.90 (£123.25 plus 20%VAT for anyone
who can order through a business) with free shipping. You can pay
by credit card or PayPal. This website seems to cover the whole
European area so may be interesting for the colleagues from the
Netherlands as well. The nipper arrived in a few days.