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Button Die and Cutter
Button Die and Cutter
Item Id: DIE
Button Die Size
Enlarge Inside Opening
Modify Die for Hoppers and Canvas Backs
Standard American half-ball set includes top and bottom dies, cutter, and pusher.  Die pieces are nickel-plated tempered steel.  Select one of the following:
  • HU (medium duty) for most fabrics and thin leather—default option.
  • HUX (heavy duty) for very heavy upholstery fabric, leather, and heavy vinyl—thick leather might be too much even for HUX dies (maybe it's time for a splitting machine?)
Enlarge Inside Opening
Enlarge the opening of your die for an additional cost (#30 and larger only).  Many craft applications; essential for thick hair elastics. Does not affect function of die.

Unfortunately, dies modified to fit Rowley machines can NOT be modified further.  Their openings can NOT be enlarged.

Modify Die for Hoppers and Canvas Backs

Osborne #16, #18, #20, and #22 button dies have inside diameters that are slightly smaller than standard (this has nothing to do with "Inside Opening").  We can modify these sizes to meet modern American standards so that buttons from other factories (hopper backs, canvas backs, etc.) can be used.  This modification should not affect the function of the die and is unnecessary if you only plan to use wire eyes (or are ordering a die larger than #22).  We used to offer this as a complimentary service but rising machining costs no longer permit it.

Please indicate your machine brand in "Comments" section at check-out.  We will turn the stem of your new button die to fit the following machines, if necessary, at no charge:
  • Banner Master
  • Defiance No. 1920
  • Defiance No. 23 Kick Press
  • Dyna Line No. 1920
  • Gameco (Antonio Gaviria y Cia)
  • Handy Jr. No. 1
  • Handy Jr. No. 20
  • #73-Lip Lok
  • #77-Lip Lok
  • Maxant
  • Osborne W-1 (manual) and W-3 (pneumatic)
  • Rowley—optional "Crimp Button Setter Adapter" from Rowley required
  • Wade W-1
Be prepared to clean your new cutter as the manufacturing process may leave a film of oil.  Cutters can be re-sharpened, if necessary.  Dies also available without cutters—please ask.

Our (Very Basic) Button Machine Tutorial (click on image to advance)
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