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Dies and Die Sets
Button Die and Cutter Set
Button Die and Cutter Set
#16 HU modified
#18 HU modified
#20 HU modified
#22 HU modified
#22 HUX modified
List any modifications your new die will require ($15.00 charge per each):
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HU or HUX
Complete standard American half ball set includes top and bottom dies, cutter, and pusher. Die pieces are nickel-plated tempered steel. Fits most American machines and some foreign machines without reducing shank diameter (
please see list
). Select one of the following:
(medium duty) for mid-weight fabrics, lined lightweight fabric, and very thin leather —recommended for most fabrics.
(heavy duty) for heavy upholstery fabric, leather, and thicker vinyl —some leather might be too much even HUX dies (consider using a
Small Diameter vs. International Standard
Osborne #16, #18, #20, and #22 dies are manufactured to Osborne's own sizing standards
, which are slightly smaller than international standard. We modify the inside diameters of these sizes to match standards that have been in place since the 1840s.
You may request an unmodified die but be aware your choice of compatible backs will be limited to a handful of "small diameter"
#16, #18, and #20 dies are only available as HU, but making buttons with thick or bulky materials is possible with "small diameter" backs (originally designed to fit unmodified Osborne dies).
We offer machine shop services to customers with specific requirements. For example, we can
turn die shanks to fit Rowley machines
or enlarge inside openings through the shank (#30 and larger) to accommodate many craft applications, including thick hair elastics:
If you plan to use #36
, your new Osborne #36 die will need to be modified to accommodate the extra depth. This will not affect its function in any way and all other button backs may still be used.
#16, #18, and #20 dies have solid shanks (no hole through the center). We can drill out a narrow hole as an option, if desired.
Be prepared to clean your new cutter as the manufacturing process may leave a film of oil. Like any fine sharpened tool, cutters will eventually become dull. We trust our own cutters to
Bobby Mac the Knife
. Bob McBride is a certified Master Sharpener trained to repair and sharpen round cutters —this is not a job for the guy at your local fabric store! Bob accepts cutters by mail and will return them in better-than-new condition.
W-1 or W-2 Machines
We also sell 3-piece die sets for Osborne W-2 manual swivel (double action) machines. Please call for information.