Tested: GodHand Nippers for Plaster Model Kits!

We’ve been happy using our trusty Xuron flush cutters for modelmaking projects, but were curious about these $50 Japanese GodHand nippers. How does a set of flush cutters compare to something five times the price? We get up close to model kit sprues and take a look.

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10 thoughts on “Tested: GodHand Nippers for Plaster Model Kits!

  1. Although I wouldn’t personally buy the GodHand nippers, I think you could easily justify the purchase if you like to build a lot of plastic injected models. If you’re building several models a year and have had at least two or three models irreparably damaged by an aggressive cut, then this is the type of tool that would save you a lot of headaches. Now if you build a model once or twice a year, any decent pair of cutters should do.

  2. I do a lot of scratchbuilding of large scale warships, and have found the Knixpex 72 01 180 flush cutters to be invaluable. At $ 35.76 they are not cheap, but the allow me to make short work of reinforcing gussets and other angles; I can chop off a piece of Evergreen styrene, glue it in place, and then use the long flush cutter to cut it perfect on the top and bottom simultaneously. A fine tool that will last me a lifetime if I don’t cut anything metal with it.

    Towards that end, I used a P-touch and applied labels to the handle that say “plastic only” when I have fellow modelers over.

  3. I’ve got a few of them (I like spares) and use them primarily for modding. While the Godhand is awesome at cutting, being that sharp also means the blade is quite brittle. A lot of people have broken their Godhands in their ‘everyday’ use. Also note that when using Godhand to cut parts off sprues, you will find that the super fine blade has a tendency to get stuck in the joint, which also stresses it out and causing them to break. Using them for specific reasons, mainly when needing both surfaces be clean is when I usually call for it, especially when cleanup is still usually needed, regardless of whether the cut is Godhand clean or not. I prefer a less sharp but more robust everyday cutters.

  4. Ha! Thank you! I looked for the name but couldn’t find it! (I should have mentioned at least that, actually. Thanks for the info.

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