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Tsunoda King TTC FC-120 Mini Flush Cutting Precision Nipper Review


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Today I am reviewing a small flush cutter or board nipper by Tsunoda (King TTC) - the FC-120 precision nipper (eBay US, eBay AU, eBay CA, Rakuten).

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

A closeup of the packaging:

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

They're rated to 2.6mm of aluminium wire, 1.2mm of copper wire, 2.0mm² of stranded copper wire and 3.0mm of plastic. I got them to cut plastic mostly of 1.75mm in diameter with an expected max of 3.0mm diameter, so the FC-120 fits my needs nicely. Country of origin down the bottom:

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

The back:

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

The low weight of 45gm is welcome, particulary when using it for extended periods - I had the unusual (for me) task of cutting scores of plastic parts out of sprues recently and using both this flush cutter and the KBN-150 back to back left me strongly preferring the smaller, lighter tool for that particular task. The lightweight spring in the FC-120 was just the right weight for the task at hand, springing the jaws open easily but not providing much resistance when a cut is made.

The pliers out of the box:

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

Tsunoda state that they're made out of alloy steel and that it has had an oxide-free heat treatment process applied. The edge is hardened via high-frequency induction.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

Speaking of the edge, Tsunoda claim a hardness of 46-54HRC. To put that into perspective, the aforementioned KBN-150 is rated to 56-62HRC.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

The grips are molded elastomer and are quite comfortable in use! Slightly soft and quite grippy.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

In the above pic you can also make out the spring coming out from under the grip. I'll get a better pic showing how that works.

I have used these cutters daily for about three months and have found them to be very good. I'm currently printing about 300 hours a month with a 3D printer with frequent filament colour changes (and cuts) during each print, and it's cutting just as cleanly now as when I started. The jaws don't align absolutely perfectly - you can see light through the lower half if you close them in front of a light source - but that doesn't appear to affect them in practice. The cuts are nice and sharp and it's easy to get either a straight flush cut or a pointed tip on the filament end, whichever you prefer.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

Here is a review of the Tsunoda or King TTC micro board nippers or cutting pliers, part number FC-120. They're made in Japan.

If you need a quality, lightweight set of flush cutters for plastic, pick one up through eBay US, eBay AU, eBay CA or Rakuten.



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