Kydex cutting device

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    Kydex cutting device

    While looking more into Kydex crafting tools, I ran across this Harbor Freight Foam Cutter that is billed as being useful to cut "some plastics."
    - Harbor Freight Tools - Quality Tools at the Lowest Prices
    I've never seen this suggested, though it seems like it would be a great idea (if if worked) aside from possibly a need to knock the melted "bead" off the piece at some point.
    It's either that, the lightest bandsaw I can find, or I saw a scroll saw that looked like a good idea on someone's "how to make a Kydex holster" post.
    Anybody given this a shot?
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    That saw may work. I typically use aviation snips or a razor type blade and smooth out the edge with a dremel sanding wheel.
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    This looks like a "hot wire" and not a saw. I think it just may work very well. Just go slow so that the wire stays at a constant temp.

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    I've used a hacksaw with good success, then a dremel sanding wheel to smooth the edges. Recently made a panel and attached it to my Blade Tech holster, slipped the panel between mattress and box spring to hold my G23 with Glock light/laser. Now it is securely by my side when in bed. Made it long and wide, so it doesn't move, unless I want it to move.

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    I use a leather sheers for Kydex cutting for some of my reinforcement on my tuck snaps. Works well.
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    I've used a tile knife and then snapped it, but not for curves. How about a Roto-Zip?
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    This is what tool I use to make my holsters and clips...

    Most of the stuff I make out of .93 and .125...

    table saw

    chop saw some folks calls it a miter saw but I calls it a chop saw

    tin snips

    dremel with sanding wheel

    4 x 36 in table sander

    table top drill press with lots of attachments

    I have looked at that foam cutter at HF my self but just dont think it is tough enough...

    I would like to ad this to my shop...
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    Southbound, I looked at that Ryobi, too. And a bit cheaper one at HF. I wanted to stay cheaper to try my hand at this, so I may try some tin snips or leather shears, hadn't thought of that. I'm going to use some that I measured at, I think, .085, so it must really be the .093 because I haven't seen 0.85 mentioned before.
    Siafu, you may have a point, I don't know if the wire will retain enough heat to keep cutting. That could be a quick exercise in frustration, especially if I had to cut some .125, but then be fine on the thinner stuff.
    Need to think more on it, thanks for the input.
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    They do make and I use some times .83.. I use this on my own stuff it too has never failed me...

    That .125 it some tough stuff!!! I rip it on a table saw....
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    i make and sell a lot of holster that will not last to long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kissholsters View Post
    i make and sell a lot of holster that will not last to long.
    That's good to know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kissholsters View Post
    i make and sell a lot of holster that will not last to long.
    Not a very good endorsement of your products...
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    ok that did not sound so good. my holsters last a long time. now if you want to use that tool for cuting kydex i dont see it doing what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kissholsters View Post
    i make and sell a lot of holsters, that (saw) will not last too long.
    Fixed it for ya.
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    thank you spelling and grammer are not my strong point. i can lift hevy things and get stuff from the top shelf.
    Quote Originally Posted by kissholsters View Post
    i make and sell a lot of holster that will not last to long.
    Quote Originally Posted by rocky View Post
    Fixed it for ya.

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