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Based on a reply to an earlier thread: Re: One handed friendly counter clipper?

I bought one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Radius-Steel-Corner-Cutter-Rounder/dp/...

Just received it today and all I can say is WOW WOW WOW does this thing work great!

It makes a nice clean cut with perfectly rounded corners. The counter looks like it was die cut that way. I don't even need to post pictures- just look at a Conflict of Heroes or Twilight Struggle counter. Seriously!

It's not exactly cheap, but I am extremely happy with my purchase. I've tried several different types of counters so far, all with excellent results.

I believe it was originally designed for use with laminated badges/cards. The cutting blade is tool-grade steel. It can be removed and resharpened or replaced.

Some caveats: it doesn't work good on paper or thin cardstock, and there is a fixed size mouth that MAY limit the counter thickness. I don't have a fine enough measuring instrument to tell you the the exact size. The thickest counters I could find are in Hornet Leader: Carrier Air Operations and they worked just fine.

If you're a dedicated counter clipper, trust me- you will LOVE this thing!

EDIT: though I referred to the original post above, I would like to make it clear that all credit for this discovery should go to:

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Thanks, Rich!
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It is pretty cool. I've even re-clipped some counters to get that nice round corner on them.
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Thanks for the original recommendation, Rich. I thought it deserved its own thread.
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Re: Implementing the Final Solution... to counter clipping
Wish I'd seen this several years ago. Thanks for the heads up.
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I'm also going to go through previously clipped counters, it just looks so nice with that rounded edge.

It truly looks like it was die cut that way.

Can't recommend this product highly enough!
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Is the 3mm the one to get, or the 5mm?
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so it has square edges to align the chit? How does it work on smaller chits is the radius too large? How about holding a .5" which clipping
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Implementing the Final Solution


Eeegads, what a horrible subject line...considering the historical context of it.
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big_ragu wrote:
Thanks, Rich!


Of course I saw it posted by someone else first.
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I'm using the 3mm one, I would think 5mm would cut off too much.

I'm currently clipping 5/8" counters, I think 1/2" counters would be perfectly fine.

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Implementing the Final Solution


Eeegads, what a horrible subject line...considering the historical context of it.


Well, the intended context here is that I'm pointing out a method for efficiently and ruthlessly eliminating all rough/frayed/square counter corners with extreme prejudice. I think that is quite clear in the subject line, no?

After all, we are talking about wargaming, right?

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Glad I found this thread again... I also bought one of these, and the results are excellent! A bit tricky lining up 1/2" counters, and a bit severe looking on them, but great results with a real laser-cut look to them.

Messy though - the clippings do fly off these!
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big_ragu wrote:
I'm using the 3mm one, I would think 5mm would cut off too much.

I'm currently clipping 5/8" counters, I think 1/2" counters would be perfectly fine.



I wondered about that, do you happen to have an image of a counter clipped with this? Ideally with a note about the counter size to get the proper sense of it?
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Wilhammer wrote:
Implementing the Final Solution


Eeegads, what a horrible subject line...considering the historical context of it.


Nope. If the historical context were important, it would be in the historical context forum.
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Re: Implementing the Final Solution... to counter clipping


5/8" and 7/8" counters (from Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes)
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Before I dump $35 on a counter clipper, I'd love to see some pictures of 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, and 1 inch counters clipped on it.

And for the love of Pete please change the thead title. Not something we should be using lightly IMHO. No wonder non-wargamer think we're a little daft.
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big_ragu wrote:


5/8" and 7/8" counters (from Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes)


Beat me to it. And wow. Looks great on the larger counters, but perhaps too much on the 5/8. I imagine it will take off too much on the 1/2 inch variety.
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And this is what it looks like with a 5/8" counter about to be clipped.

As you can see, it is self aligning and I'm sure a 1/2" counter would work.
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Re: Implementing the Perfect Solution... to counter clipping
Cleitus the Black wrote:

Beat me to it. And wow. Looks great on the larger counters, but perhaps too much on the 5/8. I imagine it will take off too much on the 1/2 inch variety.


I don't think so. If you look at the thread I referred to in the original post, there are pictures of 1/2" tokens and I think they look great.

Honestly, I don't think the 3mm radius cut is any more severe that the average "hand cut" counters. I suppose there are some counters with critical info that close to the corner, but I haven't seen one yet.

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Cleitus the Black wrote:
big_ragu wrote:
EDIT - no need to have image in quote

5/8" and 7/8" counters (from Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes)


Beat me to it. And wow. Looks great on the larger counters, but perhaps too much on the 5/8. I imagine it will take off too much on the 1/2 inch variety.


I just ordered something very similar the other day (not for counter clipping, but if it works for them too, fantastic!)

http://www.lybrary.com/corner-rounder-18-3-mm-p-33513.html

(I got it for rounding the corners on prototype cards etc; I've had a 1/2" radius and a combined 1/2" and 1/4" cropper that were both okay but not fantastic and this one was pretty highly regarded elsewhere on BGG)

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big_ragu wrote:


Honestly, I don't think the 3mm radius cut is any more severe that the average "hand cut" counters. I suppose there are some counters with critical info that close to the corner, but I haven't seen one yet.



I don't know of many that intentionally put it out that far. But I have plenty that are misaligned enough to put it that close but not misaligned enough to not work, and so not worth getting replaced.
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You know. For a subdomain that both worries about and rejoices in the fact that their idiosyncracies scare off the uninitiated gamer, it's interesting threads like these that make me, a wargame newbie, want to become a wargamer even more. Thanks for the info.

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Cleitus the Black wrote:
Before I dump $35 on a counter clipper, I'd love to see some pictures of 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, and 1 inch counters clipped on it.


Here are 5/8" and 1/2" counters:



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etherton wrote:
I just ordered something very similar the other day (not for counter clipping, but if it works for them too, fantastic!)

http://www.lybrary.com/corner-rounder-18-3-mm-p-33513.html


That's the same thing.

I found the original thread and it was

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who pointed it out to me.

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big_ragu wrote:


And this is what it looks like with a 5/8" counter about to be clipped.

As you can see, it is self aligning and I'm sure a 1/2" counter would work.


I find it easier to align holding the tool the other way around so you can see what is being clipped. Helps avoid mistakes.
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