What's the best bottle cutter on the market?

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2011

The complete bottle cutter review

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About a year or so ago, I found myself shopping for a bottle cutter. I spotted an inexpensive one at my local craft store, and since I had a project in mind that required a bottle cutter, I bought it. As it turned out, that wasn't a good idea. It didn't cut so much as scrape. Plus, I wanted to cut slanty bottles (at the neck, actually) and it certainly wouldn't do that. (Can any cutter do that?) I put it back into its box and stuck it in the closet in my craft room and that's where it's been ever since. Now, after seeing so many more great recycling projects out there, like the tumblers pictured above, I want to give glass cutting another go. So, to make a long story a short question...what's the best bottle cutter on the market?

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Hi Denise, getting a successful, clean separation will require different conditions depending on the thickness of the glass, the type of glass, the area on the bottle where the score line runs, and the process being used to thermally shock the bottle.

I can provide you with my personal info via email if you would like to contact me   marvie10@gmail.com  

Cheers, Murray

Thank You Murray, where are you located address and I can see how much it would be to ship them I don't mind doing it myself but I don't have alot of confidence. Do you recommend practicing on alot of botles before cutting what you want/

Thank You

Hi Denise, The key issue for you is not going to be the cost of me cutting the bottles, it will most likely be the cost of shipping bottles back and forth. It doesn't take too many $30-$40 shipments back and forth to equal the cost of a Creator's Bottle Cutter which I have seen on Amazon and other places for $99.  If processing Pendleton bottles is a one time event then purchasing the cutter may not make sense. However if you plan to cut other bottles to make drinking glasses, mugs, lamps, etc, then the purchase would likely make a lot more sense.

Cheers, Murray

Good morning Murray, I have been reading your post in response to bottle cutters. Would you be interested if I pay for shipping on cutting some Pendleton whiskey bottles for me. If so what would you charge or do u think I should buy the creator kit you recommend?. Thank you

Denise

Thanks Ray, it's great to see that there is a device in the market that can actually score square bottles. So many of the liquor bottles that are readily available for up-cycling are square and rectangular. and those tend to have some nice embossed and applied ceramic labels on them.

That's great news Bobbi. Enjoy.

HI all,   I think I have FINALLY got into the art of bottle cutting.   I was not having a lot of luck with the traditional cutters, especially with the square bottles.  I purchased a diamond blade for my wet tile cutter.   Life is so much better now!  Out of the last 10 bottles I got 8 proper cuts.  It would have been 9 but I tweeked a rough edge and craked the 9th one!  No bottle is safe from me now!  

Just wanted to share this video of the CBC scoring a square bottle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsnhNcY308Y

Hi Edwin,  That might work, but it depends greatly on the bottle construction and uniformity of thickness along the score line. With the whole bottle heated, when you submerge in cold water the  fracture will propagate along the weakest path which may not be the entire score line. However what you could try instead of submersing the bottle in a bath would be to run a single ice cube or frozen ice pack along the score line.

Good luck

Thank you Murray for your response on February 6th 2015,

I wanted to know if it would be sufficient to make a continuous score line lengthwise down the wine bottle and then place it inside an oven between 250-350 degrees. Only afterwards would I place the bottle into an ice bath. Or would this cause the entire glass to shatter?

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Anonymous , I can suggest two ways to cut a bottle lengthwise. 1.) use a small diamond circular saw like the ones Lapidary folks use to slice through rocks and gemstones. I believe Lortone still manufactures economical ones. 

2. If you are doing this on a one time basis or need to cut the bottle without any material loss by a saw blade, try this if you are electrically savy. Make a score line manually along the vertical center all the way around the bottle trying to keep the score line continuos. Wrap a length of straight or coiled nichrome (resistance) wire around the score line . Use a controlled AC source off the house 110 VAC  through a dimmer or other power limiting device in order to keep the temperature of the heating element between 250-350 deg F. After about 15-30 secs emerge the bottle (minus the heating element) into ice water. The bottle should immediately separate. 

Cheers, Murray

I want to be able to cut a wine bottle lengthwise. Does anybody have any recommendations for how to do this? Is there a product out there that has this ability or is there a power tool recommended for the job?

Hi Bobbi,  I will make it short because of the 2000 ch limit. I have been using bottle cutters for more than 20 yrs and have tried a great many cutters on the market since then and I learned that the key to success in cutting bottles is a cutter that will allow you to get a straight clean score line.  I have interfaced to many makersof bottle cutters but I have no obligations to any nor do I perform any work for any of them.  For the last two years I have used Creator's Premium Bottle Cutter for all my work - and I do a lot of bottle work. It's the only one that allows me to keep a bottle supported in 3 dimensions, allows me to make a score line right down to the very bottom of the bottle. It has a super rugid  Carbide cutting wheel which lasts 20 times longer than any other cutter on the market. I have had a many technical question and always rec'd exceptional support and rapid response from Creators. When I cut bottles for Bottle Lights / Lamps I need to cut the bottle, put stuff in it, and then bond the two sections of the bottle without any loss of glass, no pits, no cracks etc. This bottle cutter allows me to create a critically straight score line. For the bottles whose tops I cut off to make drinking glasses I have no time to break off shards or spend forever sanding. Here is a link to some of the most challenging glass  bottles to cut but it's a breeze with Creators.  https://www.mediafire.com/convkey/10be/ki9mk1lbr7wxo5g6g.jpg If you would like more info or assistance just email me at marvie10@gmail.com  I would offer to score and cut your bottle for you but I live in Canada and it would not be ecomonical to send your bottle on a round trip to the norteast coast.  Cheers, Murray

Ray & Murray

I am pretty much on my own here in NW Montana. A big city is 90 miles south.  What kind of cutter are you using?  I do not mind buying something   But would like a little  more consistency.  Ive tried  a couple  of  square bottles by cutting free hand, so far no success  yet. I do not have any problems with the thinner bottles just the thick.  And I am rather stubborn  and like doing things my way!  And if I  mess up a bottle usually I  can melt it down for other things.  THANK YOU BOTH

Bobbi, I know how you feel about not wanting to mess up a bottle. I have been doing bottle work for  group of Scotch Whiskey connoseurs. They keep bringing me thse very rare, one of a kind  Scotch bottles with very thick very hardened glass. It requires a razor straight cut with no shards, uneven edges, or spider cracks in the glass.  I need 100% success and can't afford to screw any up. I experimented with the Kinkajou on a large qty of beer and wine bottles. My success rate for a score line whose end meets where it started was 10-20% so I mothballed it. If you have a bottle that is important to you, you might want to ask another member in you area to score it and / or break it for you.

Good luck!

Bobbi:

Oh OUCH. Good luck with that. I really wish I could help you out some way. I know how important some bottles are to people.  You can email me if you want more input.

Ray  info@cuttersmate.com

Thank you Ray,

  I am going to try using extreme patience and my Kinkajou again.  I like it just not the trying to keep it lined up properely.  I have learned from here though that using boiling water in NOT good! Hot but not to a boil!  I have a wonderful bottle that I need to cut and use....  Colbalt blue with pale blue flowers!  

Dear Bobbi:

I just checked http://www.bindu.com.   It appears they may have gone out of business. 

That may be why you had such a difficult time trying to find any help. 

If anyone from Bindu is around, please let us knoiw if this is true.

Ray

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