Tool for Trimming the Top of Base Grip

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I was replacing the base grip on my friends racquet and it reminded me to post a question on this forum. What tool do you use to cut / trim the top of the base grip?

I have tried a scissors and it is not strong enough to cut the grip. I have tried my string cutters and they just get all gummed up.

I was actually thinking a box cutter would be a potential option and it would produce a nice straight cut. What do you think?
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
I wrap the grip past where I want it to go and then use a razor knife to go in a perfect circle around the top of the pallet. I keep a bunch of the disposable ones you snap the blades off of around for that exact reason.

J
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
I wrap the grip past where I want it to go and then use a razor knife to go in a perfect circle around the top of the pallet. I keep a bunch of the disposable ones you snap the blades off of around for that exact reason.

J
Thank you! My guess was close....
 

LOBALOT

Hall of Fame
About 7 years ago I was going camping and went to a Target and asked the kid if they sold transistor radios.

He looked at me like I was talking another language and had to get someone to help him help me!
 

mad dog1

G.O.A.T.
I was replacing the base grip on my friends racquet and it reminded me to post a question on this forum. What tool do you use to cut / trim the top of the base grip?

I have tried a scissors and it is not strong enough to cut the grip. I have tried my string cutters and they just get all gummed up.

I was actually thinking a box cutter would be a potential option and it would produce a nice straight cut. What do you think?
All purpose shears from harbor freight tools. Cheap and very effective.
 

1HBHfanatic

Legend
@LOBALOT
here you go
these wire cutters work really well for grips, and other cutting needs
I like the red handle manual wire cutters,, so far, I can se these lasting me a long time
I also got these pretty cheap at the hardware store
recently used these to cut Kevlar string,, I did not get as close as I can with the small snippers, but it cut the Kevlar without much effort.. luv.it!!
http://instagr.am/p/BwS1hdggU23/
 

J011yroger

Talk Tennis Guru
@LOBALOT
here you go
these wire cutters work really well for grips, and other cutting needs
I like the red handle manual wire cutters,, so far, I can se these lasting me a long time
I also got these pretty cheap at the hardware store
recently used these to cut Kevlar string,, I did not get as close as I can with the small snippers, but it cut the Kevlar without much effort.. luv.it!!
http://instagr.am/p/BwS1hdggU23/
Those are tin snips not wire cutters!

J
 

Yoneyama

Hall of Fame
Just use scissors that are sharp.

If you want an absolute perfect taper, wrap the base grip around the handle. When the grip reaches the top of the handle put a mark on the top edge of the grip with texta. Continue wrapping the grip around the frame beyond the handle until the bottom edge of the grip is touching where you marked with texta - mark this bottom edge as well. Unravel your grip until you have about 15cm unravelled grip and then using a ruler, draw a straight line between your two texta marks. Cut along that line and when you re wrap the grip it will be a perfect taper.

A lot easier to do it this way then to do it when its already on the frame with a knife or a box cutter.
 

Ultra 2

Professional
I use fiskars titanium scissors and they work fine from anything from leather to over grips. Yes, they do get gummed and I use acetone and a rag to clean them.
 

Wonie88

New User
I use fiskars titanium scissors and they work fine from anything from leather to over grips. Yes, they do get gummed and I use acetone and a rag to clean them.
Same here! Just pay for some good scissors and you’ll be good. Using a razor blade could work but will likely be less “clean” and might end in injury
 
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