Denny Anspach <danspach@...>
The exquisite flush-cut Swiss PBL sprue cutters (Utica) are no longer listed nor apparently available, although similar fine Swiss cutters are still available at hefty prices through jewelers supply houses.
Micro-Mark leaped on the PBL bandwagon and produced their own competing -and utterly worthless (worthless!)- Pakistan sprue cutters at close to half the PBL price. Whether or not flooding the market with these cheap dull-as-table-knives knock-offs forced PBL from the market, I know not, but it is at least a coincidence that one disappears after the the other hits the market.
I guard my PBL cutters and reserve their use for situations where other tools will not work.
Denny S. Anspach, MD