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Correct link is:

Sorry about that.

Actually there are many models on the internet, the problem is about the radius available, 3mm is not that common, 4mm, 5mm or 6mm are. I'd like to know your advice about the Diamond Akiles, I may buy it one day.
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It is not so hard to find the more expensive corner rounders $150 and up. You have a range of companies and choices of various tools. The reason I stock the hand tool was that I could not find any cheap and reliable 3mm corner rounder. And as far as I can tell I am still the only one where you can buy a <$30 3mm corner rounder that is not a plastic toy that breaks after a few dozen uses.

Having made more than 500 cards so far which were all hand corner rounded with one or another tool by me I can say that the biggest variable in quality of corner rounding achieved is the user. With all these tools it is important that you use it properly. If the card is not inserted correctly then the corner rounding will be off. That is true no matter how expensive the tool is. Particularly with the hand tools you need to acquire a bit of experience to hold the cards while pressing the punch making sure everything is properly aligned.

So whatever you decide to buy take your time to understand the tool and its operation and get some experience with it. After all this is still a craft. preserving magic one book at a time.
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On 2010-09-21 09:42, Jell92 wrote:
Ehh a radius can only be found in a circle?

Not so. Any curve can have a radius or mulitiple radii. The term describes the distance from the center of a circle that would fit into a specific section of the curve.

The radius of curvature of the corner of a playing card varies from company to company.
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Bill: Word!

Magiguy: Thanks for the link to Lybrary; just ordered one.

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I have received the CR-45 Mieth hand punch as recommended by silverking and let me tell you!

This thing is the Bee's Knees!

Not only does it produce perfect cuts but it is solid! I don't mean it doesn't rattle. I am talking SOLID metal. You can feel the quality and the cut is unreal!
I am extremely happy with mine despite the shipping being so hefty.

I am glad I went the high quality route, even if I could buy a bag full of cheap ones.

Also if anything happens to it, I can get it repaired instead of having to replace it. The manufacturer is a phone call away and they are extremely nice and fast!

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Good news Jay, it's the brand you see Conductors on trains, bus drivers, etc using all the time.

Although there are those who have suggested in this thread that "any" corner rounder might do, that doesn't take into account why professional mechanics generally prefer Snap-On tools, even though they cost twice as much as most other brands.

The Mieth is most definitely the Snap-On, while the other corner rounders are the "any other" alternative.

I do have them both, or wouldn't be offering up an opinion on either of them.

I will say that Chris at Lybrary is selling his at a much lower price than others selling the identical product, so if the inexpensive version is the one you're looking for, nobody beats the price Chris is offering.
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Can someone tell me what would be the usual radius for Jumbo playing cards - Bicycle, let us say?

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Does anyone know where one can currently buy a corner rounder (for the exact radius of playing card corners)? Thanks.
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High end or low?

Take look at this:
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Thanks, Jerry!
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On Nov 10, 2017, Jerry wrote:
High end or low?

Take look at this:

I purchased one of these a while ago and have been nothing but pleased and impressed.


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I have this one
as well as the next size up (Medium Round) and they both serve me well. The small is the one I prefer but if my feeling is off (I have nerve damage throughout my right arm and hand at times) the medium will always work for me by feel. The small also works very well and neither is very visible.

If I an rounding a lot of corners, like making a whole gaff deck such as a Svengali or a Stripper, I use the industrial rounders (which are the exact size of the corners that are already on a card) that I got a couple years ago from The Fiskar rounders are different size than the corners that are on the cards so they are used for "shorting" the corner rather than "replacing" the corner.

High end or Low end, they all do the job. Especially if you are only doing a couple cards now and again (rather than pumping out full decks).
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