German brands such as Herkules and Friedr. Dick export tools all over the world to help in the production and finishing of intricate jewellery pieces. Some of the higher-quality tools produced in Germany include saws, saw blades, pliers and files.
Otto Frei --- Herkules Saw Blades
Otto Frei is a jewellery tool supplier that sells to manufacturers big and small. The company has been around for 75 years and prides itself on an extensive and varied range of tools. One of the tool accessories that is imported and sold by Otto Frei is the German-made Herkules saw blades. According to the Otto Frei website, Herkules is a German company that produces "sharp, true and long lasting" saw blades for jewellery making. Otto Frei sells the blades by the dozen or by the gross (144 pieces) and adds that --- when choosing a saw blade --- "a good rule of thumb is to have at least three teeth cutting at one time." These blades need to be clipped and screwed into a saw frame and are specifically used for cutting and sawing smaller pieces of metal, as jewellery making.
Friedr. Dick Precision Files
Friedr. Dick is a German cutlery manufacturer that produces a wide range of farrier tools and files. Some specialists use the files for manufacturing jewellery. Friedr. Dick's range of precision files is said by the company to be ideal for "precise workings in tool making, fine mechanics, jewellery industry or training centres." The needles come in a variety of shapes and styles. There are needle files for even surfaces or complex angles and diamond files for work with glass or plastic jewellery.
Jewellery Pliers from Contenti
Some American companies such as Contenti import their pliers directly from Germany. These particular pliers are made with an innovative box joint, which eliminates any misalignment or side-play between the handles. The box joint also strengthens the structure of the tool and maintains the alignment of the head and the jaws of the pliers. The Contenti website also adds that the handles have vinyl cushion grips for comfort and ease of use. The range of pliers from Contenti includes those with bent chain noses, flat noses, round noses and straight chain noses. The company also sells diagonal and end cutters made in Germany.
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