Bone cutter recommendations

Discussion in 'Propagation' started by sfboarders, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    The bone cutters I purchased from BRS are crap. I cleaned and wiped the cutters dry after each use and the screw that holds them together seems to be rusting. It's so hard to open and close now. They are stainless steel but I think I should have gotten surgical steel instead.

    I see good reviews for the Boston Aquafarms cutters but does anybody have any recommendations for others? I'd prefer to buy local rather than buying online.
     
  2. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    IDK what to recommend other than not stabbing yourself. That hurts!!!
     
  3. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    All of them will rust, I've bought one from pretty much every supplier (or was given one).

    I like the BAF anodized ones and TAAM's Rio one.
     
  4. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    Try Titanium. I'm tempted to buy scalpel and other tools, but expensive.
     
  5. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Haha Jim you're funny. :D

    Gresham, the BAF ones you recommend are the same as the surgical steel ones and they still rust?

    Do your Rio's rust? Anywhere that sells locally?
     
  6. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    The Rios rust as well, they all do, you know what saltwater does, it corrodes EVERYTHING, some things just take longer than others :D

    I'm still looking for cutters that can chop though 3/4" Acro branches...
     
  7. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    this? http://cgi.ebay.com/Colibri-Titanium-GOLD-Cigar-Guilotine-Cutter-70-GIFT-/280516942950?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item41501cdc66#ht_3190wt_1139
     
  8. zepplock

    zepplock Guest

    or this: http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Trading-Company-7-Diagonal-Cutter-Titanium-/350352458311?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5192a24247#ht_721wt_913
     
  9. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    I think you're looking for tree trimmers!
     
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    I use PVC shears for this :)
     
  11. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    I have also encounter the stainless steel bone cutters rusting on me. The bone cutters eventually gets stuck. I just dunked the cutters into half vinegar and half water for 15 mins, scrubbed it with a tooth brush, and open and closed it a million times. Now it's working as it was brand new.
     
  12. bookfish

    bookfish Guest

    That's a really good idea I never thought of!
     
  13. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Wait, I thought i've seen you use them like this before Jim? I get cheap ones at the Dollar store or harbor Freight. I then wash the bejesus out of them to remove any traces of oil from production. I use a little Dr Bronners on them to help remove the oil.
     
  14. tuberider

    tuberider Guest


    Awesome! I knew there was an answer somewhere out there!!!!
     
  15. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

    I wish they made the cutters out of 316L SS :(
     
  16. screebo

    screebo Guest

    Bone Cutter used to be my C.B. handle. 'Ol Bone Cutta on this Duck Pluckin' end..........
    Just kidding, of course. I used to talk to a guy called "Meat Cutter" though...........

    Fresh water rinse thoroughly every time makes a big difference. Mine get stained with epoxy finger prints as I'm usually using them in the middle of a mounting proceedures.
     
  17. sfboarders

    sfboarders Guest

    Just tried out your suggestion Bennett and works much better.

    I'm gonna see if my mom can get me some bone cutters from work (she works in the surgery dept. :))
     
  18. screebo

    screebo Guest

    The only time I use a scalpel is when I'm fragging zoa colonies on a disc, I saw through the disc and scalpel through the zoas inbetween the heads. Although I bought a surgical scalpel, the disposies work just fine.
     
  19. purplereef

    purplereef Guest

    I've had a pair of Boston Aqua Farms cutters for a few months now, and have been able to keep the rust under control. The screw that acts as the hinge shows some slight signs of rust, but it still moves freely and easily (i.e. gravity can open it). I think that the most important thing to do is to soak the cutters in hot fresh water after using them, and then just dry them thoroughly. Eventually though, I think that the saltwater will prevail as it does with everything.

    What I haven't seen yet is the rusting from under the finish like you see with some of the polished silver colored ones.

    So all in all, I'm fairly happy with these cutters.
     
  20. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    The black ones are anodized... I don't think it acts like a chrome does, or a paint does, as far as lifting off ;)
     

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