Product Review: Pepe Disc Cutter

by bethwicker on January 28, 2010

I’m a tool freak, something my dear husband has realized.  So for Christmas one of the presents he got me was a Pepe Disc Cutter so I could cut my own discs instead of laboriously trying to saw them out.  I am finally getting some time to “play” with it, and absolutely love it!

Here is a picture of it:

Pepe disc cutter

Pepe disc cutter

It comes with a very nice little wooden stand which holds all the pieces quite well.  I haven’t figured out what the little cut out in the front is for…..

top view with metal ready to be cut

top view with metal ready to be cut

Here I have a piece of brass inserted (what to do with scrap – cut discs!).  You unscrew the middle screw a bit, insert your metal, line it up, then tighten the screw which does a great job of holding the metal securely.

angled view with metal inserted

angled view with metal inserted

Here you can see the cutter inserted into its slot, ready to be hammered.  I use a brass hammer.

cut disc

cut disc

And here is the finished disc, with the cutter sitting on top of it.  Took me a few times to realize that what you are supposed to do is hammer it, then lift the base.  The cutter and the disc stay on the table.  I had been trying to remove the cutter from the top first…. sigh…. never said I was the brightest light on the block!

cutter hammerd through the metal

cutter hammerd through the metal

Sorry – this is out of order.  Anyway, here it is when it has been hammered through – you can see it is now sitting on my work bench (Kobalt – from Lowes – love it!).  So NOW is when you lift it up, and wind up with the picture above.

brass "coin" earrings

brass"coin" earrings

Here is a pair of earrings made using brass discs cut with the Pepe.  I then drilled a hole in each, used a matting stamp and chasing hammer to give an all-over texture, then used a liner and chasing hammer to decorate the edges.  Nice if I do say so myself!

another pair from discs

another pair from discs

This is another pair of brass earrings cut with the Pepe.  They are larger discs than the pair above, and I used decorative stamps all over the surface, then domed them in a dapping block with dapping punches.

I highly recommend this disc cutter.  It was not terribly expensive, it is quite easy and fast to use, and the discs are cut very, very cleanly with lovely edges.  I couldn’t be happier with my wonderful present!

bethwicker

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Barbara June 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I found this blog when searching for “disc cutter”. It is very helpful, and I appreciate it, Beth. I just bought a so-called economy set (made in India), and the hole began to splinter metal at the top edge after my first cut attempt. Very poor quality. I sent it back to FDJ (tools) and will get a Pepe. I’d like the model you have. The size choices look good, too. Thanks again..for the stamping info too.

Beth Wicker March 11, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Round nose pliers Anneliese – I just “crimped” them around the edges, bending them a bit with each crimp, and it gave them the ruffled effect. I’ve also used flat pliers for a more geometric “ruffle”.

Anneliese Meier March 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Thank you so much for putting this in the internet! I had forgotten how to use mine and they shoud come with instructions. Pepe makes the best disc cutters! I would like to know what tool you used to ruffle the edges on your first pair of earrings.

Beth Wicker February 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

You are most welcome! It is really quite easy. The most difficult part was me trying to take the punch out from the top….. once I figured out that you pick up the block and let the punch and disc fall through, then it is all easy! Valentine’s is coming ! Then Easter…. 😉

Jacki Inman February 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Hi Beth,

Thanks so much for those photos and directions! I’ve always wanted a disc cutter but so many people say it’s hard to do. You’ve made it look easy. Thanks for helping folks like us! I will put it on my “present list” my husband is always looking for…lol.
Jacki SC Team too.

Rosemary McLeod February 5, 2010 at 11:06 am

I just got the same disc cutter before Christmas! love it!
Rosemary SC Team

Beth Wicker January 30, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Zee – thanks so much! I figured it had to have a use, but had no idea what it might be! My studio is partly underground, so I keep a dehumidifier running 24/7 – will definitely need to separate the two pieces then. Appreciate the tip!

zee galliano January 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

Hi Beth – I have the larger cutter set and use it constantly!
A few years ago a friend explained that the slot is to hold the top section in an upright position. If you keep the two halves together between uses, any rust spots can “fuse” them together!

Beth Wicker January 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

Hi Renee – and welcome! You can buy stamps with all sorts of different faces, or you can make stamps. Most of mine are purchased. Then you hold the face of the stamp flat against the metal and hit the end with a chasing hammer or other hammer. Good solid straight hit. You generally can only hit it once, or it bounces and makes a fuzzy mark. I love what you can do with stamps, and keep buying more with different faces. Some are called matting stamps, or texture stamps, and those I move around the metal as I hit them, to cover the metal in texture. Or some you can line up and make lines of texture. More images are on my website, http://www.bethwicker.com, and my Etsy shop, http://www.bethwicker.etsy.com if you want to look. Warg Enamel (you can google them) sells a ton of the stamps. Great chasing tools too! (for making running lines) Have fun!

Renee Serrano January 30, 2010 at 9:05 am

Hi…I’m new at all this so bear with me. How do you get the stamps all over the discs? What tools do you buy to do that? Just learning here…thanks!

hansmeevis January 29, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I also bought a disk cutter recently. A VERY handy tool. Especially making custom washers. Mine came from Rio and it didn’t even come in a box, so I had to make one. Yours looks very neat.
Cheers, Hans

Beth Wicker January 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

You can spray a finish on brass, or use a rub on finish. I just leave it plain mostly… I rather like the patina it develops, and if folks don’t they can use brass cleaner. The trouble I find with spray finishes is if there are any spots not covered, or if they get chipped, then the bits that are exposed get a different finish from the rest. And then it is a pain to try to get the spray off. Lots of great info on http://www.userblogs.ganoksin.com – plenty of tips and tricks and how-to’s. Have fun!

carvinmom January 29, 2010 at 1:43 pm

hi, what a great tool, think i will try and order one myself. So nice of you to share your information and your talent with us, who are just getting started. Do you have to spray a finish on brass after your finished? Ive got a lot to learn and no way of getting to any classes, i live in the country. keep sharing, linda in montana

Cliff Manthey January 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Thank you for showing your new Disc Cutter looks like a great tool.
Your earings are excellent.
Welcome to Orchid enjoy,
Cliff

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