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Old 10-06-2013, 08:39 AM   #1
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Default Best tool for poking out bits of detailed dies

Somewhere I have seen mention of a fabulous tool for poking out the little pieces from detailed dies. It had two ends to it (not sure why) and I think it is pink (but might not have been). But I can't for the life of me track it down or remember what it's called. Can anyone help?
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Old 10-06-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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I use my piercing tool ... but only after I have used wax paper on the die, either by wiping the die with it before cutting or putting the wax paper between the cutting edge of the die and the cardstock I'm cutting. Usually after I poke through a few of the tiny holes, I can slide the piercing tool between the die cut and the die and gently lift the die cut away from the die. It all sounds much more involved and laborious than it really is.
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I like the Ranger pick because you can retract the point easily. It is a bit fuchsia pink looking.....

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Are you thinking about the QuickKutz Quick Stik? It's pointed on one end and has a putty stuff on the other end to help pick stuff up.
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I have lots of "real" tools.......... both the picks mentioned above...... but my go-to tool is a turkey pin aka turkey lacer...... available in the butcher dept of the grocery store........


https://www.google.com/search?q=turk...&bih=639&dpr=1
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Pearl head straight pin...
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I use all of the above. Recently broke my MM steel paper piercer and replaced it with the TH Tonic retractable piercer. Looks pretty sturdy. The Quickkutz Stik is great for picking up small item. The hat pin, etc. work great for smaller holes and/or light weight materials.
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I always use wax paper with my first 2 cuts, then I use the Tim Holtz piercer.
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a pointed wooden toothpick works great for me ! I keep a small zip-loc bag of them handy for lots of uses. Wax paper is almost a necessity.
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For me it's what closest - toothpick, SU Piercer, hat pin. Also, it you smack the die on your trashcan, a lot of the pieces just pop out.
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Are you thinking about the QuickKutz Quick Stik? It's pointed on one end and has a putty stuff on the other end to help pick stuff up.
Yes, I think that is the tool I saw. It looks really useful for several things.

Thanks so much for that and for all the other advice from everyone. You guys are great!
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I use a dental tool that you can buy at your local supermarket...it comes with a dental mirror as well, but the fine pick is fantastic for this very thing!
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I use wooden tooth picks so I don't scratch the metal on my dies .
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I use a needle tool usually, I've also used pointy tweezers when I can't lay my hands on my needle tool
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I get high tech with a paper clip.
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I use Scotch Removable tape for both the die and the diecut.
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