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Old 04-21-2013, 11:27 AM
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

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Not sure what you mean by a "cutter." A Matarelli does not have anything that cuts thread.
Matarelli Cutter and Whip Finisher

This is the one I was talking about. Also if you watch any tying videos from Craig Matthews you will see what I'm talking about.
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

I just tie a not with my fingers. I gave up using a whip finisher.

Of course, there are spurs sometimes. Skin is weird too, when it gets dry, but I get by somehow.

Some guys use the tip of a pair of sutures or pliers to tie their knot.
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

I have a whip finisher that looks exactly like the 'cutter' one shown. For the life of me I can't see where the cutter is on that.

brucerducer, you can whip finish by hand. I do it in flies like poppers where you have a hard time with the tool, but the tools can't be beat for the head. Try just getting a hook, a razor blade, some junk thread and practice till you eliminate whatever it is that is causing the breakage.

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Matarelli Cutter and Whip Finisher

This is the one I was talking about. Also if you watch any tying videos from Craig Matthews you will see what I'm talking about.
OK, I watched the video and see where it is. I can take my Dremel and make mine do the same thing. Thanks
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

This is the bottom of a standard Mattarelli whip finisher.
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This a whip finisher that he customized. The wood is just a part of a special set supposedly made by Mattarelli
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Blue Ribbon does indeed carry authentic Mattarelli whip finishers with the handy end cutter built in.

Dan, why didn't I think of that?
I took files to one of my finishers but just wasn't happy with the outcome.
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

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Matarelli Cutter and Whip Finisher

This is the one I was talking about. Also if you watch any tying videos from Craig Matthews you will see what I'm talking about.
Thanks for pointing that out, I never knew that existed.
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

I sometimes have problems with thread breaking while using a whip tool but it has never been the tool's fault. Usually it is because I am using old thread that has weakened or because I have tied the head wraps so tightly that the thread cannot slide under them easily to finish the whip knot.
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Dan, why didn't I think of that?
I took files to one of my finishers but just wasn't happy with the outcome.
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I just happen to one of those "More Power" kind of guys.
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Default Re: Whip finisher destroying my thread.

awkwardsportsman,

You may have excess twist built up in the thread. Not uncommon if you are a right-handed tyer and don't periodically remove some of the twist while tying. A counter-clockwise spin of the bobbin holder will remove it.
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