Knew Concepts Knewsletter: Issue #7, August 2015

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Hi, All...

The elves have been really busy over the past several months, and they have created several new items that are now up on the website.

Hopefully, with this release, you will begin to see uses for the Accessory Plate that went out on the previous Knewsletter issue.

LED light

Get Lit!

Fresh from Santa Cruz, our newest bright idea:
The Flex-Mount Face Shield with LED Lights

Designed to mount onto our Work Bench Accessory—the Dovetail Accessory Plate, the LED face shield protects your face from flying crud, while giving you bright, warm white, shadowless light, close up to your work, regardless of if you’re using a Bench Pin, a GRS Benchmate, Wax Lathe, or any one of the other great tools that mount onto a standard dovetail plate.

The 6x8 polycarbonate shield has 18 high intensity LED lights in two fully diffused banks for bright, clear light, without shadows, right where you need it, without sacrificing valuable bench space, or interfering with your tools. Rather than requiring you to use one bench pin, one way, this flexible shield lets you use any dovetail tool you want, any way you want.

The electrical cable is designed with a quick disconnect near the mounting point, so that you can run the cable once, then connect it easily whenever you need it, and disconnect it cleanly when you don’t.

Except for the polycarbonate shield itself, and the flexible neck, all of the structural components are machined from solid aluminum for maximum durability, right here in Santa Cruz.

Guillotine Clamps

The Guillotine

And now for our oldest bright idea: The Guillotine Clamp
Not for chopping off heads, these guillotines are for saving fingers.

Our revival of an old European jeweler’s bench tool, the guillotine holds on to small, or odd shaped parts for piercing or filing. Being flat, they sit on a bench pin better than a ring clamp, and make it much easier to hang on to small things without cutting into, or cramping your fingers.

There are two guillotines: the solid brass version, for the ultimate in strength and durability, or the stainless steel student version. Either one will save your fingers, and ease your work.

Guillotine Clamps:

  • Solid Brass Guillotine Clamp
    Maximum opening size: 0.710" (18mm) x 1.71" (43mm)
  • Student Guillotine Clamp
    Maximum opening size: 1.00 (25.4mm) x 1.66" (42mm)


What People Are Saying

“I am truly, madly in love with it (Solid Brass Guillotine Clamp). It is the answer to my prayers. You have no idea how many wood ring clamps I have cut up and modified to hold small parts and they are still unsatisfactory. This is a beautiful tool!”

Helen Driggs
Senior Editor | Technical Editor | Video Content Producer
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist

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