What's the best bottle cutter on the market?

By: Diy maven Jan 18, 2011

The complete bottle cutter review

UPDATE: We put the top bottle cutters to the test, and the results are in. Click here to see our in-depth reviews, and our pick for the best-tested bottle cutter available.

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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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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

Lisa:

Here is the link to the technique of knocking off the sharp edges with an abrasive stone.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1obIByFqWc

Your friend,

Ray

I found with the Bindu is light pressure towards the scoring blade, as it's off to the side. I was pressing down at first, and the score didn't always line up when done rotating bottle. I tried sanding different ways, keep going back to hand-sanding just the sharp edges and not the flat part of the cut bottle. I'm not promoting my candles, just demonstrating the type of edge I get... :-) www.signalmountain.etsy.com Thanks! -Lisa

Dear Bobbi:

You can go to http://www.paperzz.com/doc/1188944/scoring-the-bottle---bindu-studio-bottle-cutter    That should give you some help.

Your friend,

Ray  

I need help.  I've been trying to find the directions or a video of the Bindu cutter and keep coming up empty.  I have 3 cutters now.... The Kinkajou, the G2 bottle neck cutter and an older one not sure of the name.  The Kinajou requires me to brace it on something so I get a straight score line.  Thats ok if I can find something the height I want.  So where do I find the Bindu info.  I can't keep buying cutters...........

@anonymous - no, comments get deleted when they're just SEO spam with links to external sites. If you want to discuss your experiences with bottle cutters, that's great. But we don't need people promoting their own products at our expense. 

So, comments get deleted from here when we show some pretty cool stuff done with bottles cutters, hey ? Seems like the author of this thread has their own agenda. Why bother with What's The Best Bottle Cutter on Curbly ?

Has anyone tried cutting a bottle lengthwise? What cutter did you use?

Yes, I have a Kinkajou and have a few comments.

- I find it very difficult to maintain lateral stability, meaning the bottle tends to twist as you rotate the cutter. The result is a score line which does not end where it started. A score line which is not straight produce a bad bottle cut, jagged edges, more work, and more ruined bottles.

- the cutting blade is cheap, and only good for around 200 scores. Replacements only cost about $12 but if the spent a few more cents to use a good silicon carbide blade it could last for thousands of scribes.

Cheers, Murray

Has anyone tried the Kinkajou? It's in my price range, was thinking of ordering it.

It does take practice for scoring and finding a good water temp so it doesn't crack all over the place. Local winery gives me their empty bottles every week. If any of mine don't cut perfect, into recycling they go. There are more bottles and they keep on coming! Luckily the labels come off easily with a warm water bath.

Ray

Just cut first bottles. First one was not too good 2nd one was perfect. Out of six got 2 perfect 2 not too bad. Not too shabby too shabby for 1st time. Need to practice mt sanding seems to leave a dark mark where sanded

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