Choosing The Best Glass Cutting Tool

Working with glass is more than a job, but an art form. It requires a high level of precision, attention to detail, and a lot of dedication since you are working with a material that is, at the same time, fragile and robust.
Therefore, finding a tool that offers you clean cuts is an absolute necessity, especially if this is your job.

Nowadays, there are a lot of units on the market that feature different weights, strength, reliability, and colors. For that reason, purchasing the right tool might be a bit challenging task.

But, we will show you a couple of tips and tricks which can help you choose some of the best glass cutting tools.


The majority of glass cutting wheels are made of steel because it’s the cheapest materials, but they dull faster. Another option you can explore is the tungsten carbide wheel if you plan to cut large amounts of glass.

Hone angle

The honing angle ranges between 120 – 154 degrees, and the higher the number, the sharper the wheel. For example, if you choose a cutter with a 154-degree hone angle, then keep in mind that it’s recommended for the glass surface over ½-inch thick.

Depending on your needs, you should have at least a couple of glass cutters, which are designed for various thicknesses.

Self-oiling tools

The oil lubricates the cutting wheel and allows clean and smooth lines. For instance, some models have a reservoir installed in a handle, while others can be stored in oil. However, models with a built-in tank are way more expensive.
Be aware that glass cutters are rarely sharpened, and when it’s wheel goes out of its round shape, then it’s time for the new one. Additionally, if you drop a glass cutter on the floor, or damage the head in some way, then it needs to be replaced to provide clean cuts.

Top-selling models

CRL TOYO Original

The carbide wheel is one of the fascinating features this cutter has to offer. Usually, carbide provides better performance compared to steel, and it’s more durable. When it comes to other metals, this one doesn’t dull quickly, and it will take you some time before you need to sharpen it.

At six-inches, it might be great for people with big hands, since it promotes comfortable use. On the other hand, this model has two wheels, the narrow one for additional flexibility, and broad one for straight – cutting operations. Many people claim that a built-in oil reservoir is one of the best features CRL TOYO Original has.

VGCE Custom – grip super cutter

This is a custom grip cutter, which features a four-position saddle and a tap-wheel technology. The VGCE is made to last. Carbide is used for the cutting wheel; therefore, it will last you longer and is dust, as well as corrosion-free.

Additionally, VGCE contains a reservoir with an improved spring – controlled oil flow system for lubricated and clean cuts. Finally, it will provide customers durability, as well as convenience.

David Jones

Hi I'm David, an engineering student, I have an interest in cutting tools and decided to put together a website as I test and rate each one I try.

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