The 8 Best Glass Bottle Cutters

Updated October 20, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

8 Best Glass Bottle Cutters
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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. If you tend to go through a few bottles of wine on a regular basis, here's an innovative way to put those empties to good use. These bottle cutters let you slice your way through most glass containers, leaving you with a receptacle that can be used for all sorts of decorative ideas, such as lamps, candle holders, planters and more. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best glass bottle cutter on Amazon.

8. Diamond Tech Crafts G2

Made from recycled aluminum, the Diamond Tech Crafts G2 is eco-friendly and lightweight. While it's capable of making great, even scores on most areas of any round container, it's difficult to get a clean separation with this kit, at least on the first several tries.
  • can cut rounded edges
  • assembly is somewhat difficult
  • device is cheaply made
Brand Diamond Tech Crafts
Model 365
Weight 1.6 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

7. Armour 77-7721

With the Armour 77-7721, you get everything you need to create smooth, safe edges on your old jars and containers. Provided you manage to get a clean slice, you can use the included wedge, tapper, and sanding sheets to finish the job.
  • works for some square vessels
  • blades are rather flimsy and dull
  • difficult to get good results
Brand Armour
Model 77-7721
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Lanmu DIY

The Lanmu DIY can safely slice containers with a diameter of anywhere from 0.8 to more than 9 inches, so you can use it at the neck or base of just about anything with ease. Just follow the four steps outlined in the included instructions.
  • blade maintains its edge well
  • decent price for the quality
  • difficult to use on longer bottles
Model pending
Weight 13.4 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

5. Ephrem's Original Kit

Ephrem's Original Kit contains almost everything you need to transform jars and more into works of art or functional decor. The kit comes with a cutting assembly, polishing paper and compound, a warming candle, and an instructional booklet that shows you the ropes.
  • makes a great gift
  • steel blade is thick and durable
  • prone to cause cracks or uneven cuts
Brand Ephrem's Bottle Cutter
Model ORIG
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

4. AceList Scoring Machine

As with any craft, practice makes perfect, or close to it, with the AceList Scoring Machine. With a few spins along its blade, you can use it to create unique planters, candle holders, and other curios with ease, out of materials you'd otherwise discard.
  • very affordable option
  • candle helps create smooth breaks
  • only intended for shorter containers
Model AL-049
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

3. AGPtek Long

The AGPtek Long is the perfect choice for slicing the bottoms off bottles of wine. You can create lanterns, lamps, or a receptacle for a ship from any standard container, and it's suitable for use on thicker magnum or champagne bottles, too.
  • creates reliably clean breaks
  • nonslip feet prevent movement
  • professional quality tool
Brand AGPtek
Model pending
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Kinkajou Original

Revered for its ability to shear the bottoms off of most vessels, the Kinkajou Original can handle diameters of 43 to 102 mm and comes with a blade that you can expect to last. A great option for making vases, lamps, candle holders, and anything else you can imagine.
  • makes straight scores easily
  • includes sandpaper for finishing
  • many accessories available
Brand Bottle Cutting Inc
Model pending
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

1. Creator's CRBC2

Unless you're a serious artisan or are making hundreds of containers for a specific event or installation, you probably don't need the top-of-the-line Creator's CRBC2. That said, if you demand the best in all things, this is the one for you.
  • durable polycarbonate base
  • solid carbide cutting head
  • rubber rings make separation easy
Brand Creator's Stained Glass
Model CRBC2
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Glass, Glass, Baby!

Glass bottle cutting is a hobby enjoyed by some, a very select some I might add, and it's a unique and clever way to multipurpose bottles otherwise thrown in the trash. They can be used on a variety of glass, though beer and wine bottles seem to dominate. Unfortunately, almost all kits are designed for circular bottles only - sorry Jack Daniels!

The process consists of cutting a bottle across a consistently round base and then polishing it down to make a smooth edge. It is then redecorated as a candle, plant holder, or vessel for water or food. Some are sold by artisans as works of art or collected as a hobby.

The bottle cutting kit is designed to hold the bottle in place while you score the bottle. By rotating the bottle and making a straight line through out, you should have a straight cut. The bottle will most likely be still in one piece and it'll need a little more encouragement for a clean break.

One method is delicately tapping along the score line, prompting the glass to separate. This is very imprecise and usually results in small imperfections at least. The simplest method is to pour alternating hot and cold water on the crack until the break is made. This can easily be done over the kitchen sink with little time and materials.

Separation ties or rings on either side of the score line will prevent the hot water from cracking the bottle everywhere. You can also heat the bottle with a candle flame and alternate with cold water. Some kits will include a candle for this procedure, although any candle will suffice.

Now your cut is complete, however, the process it not finished. You need to sand the cut down, from a low to a high grit, to give it a polished edge. If your kit does not include emery cloth or sand paper, you will need to purchase a couple ranging from a grit of 60-2000. This is also done to prevent injuries that might ensue with an unfinished sharp edge.

What's To Know

If you are new to the glass bottle cutting process, take advantage of features included in some kits that will benefit your naiveté. Kits with many steps, warming candles, ice/hot baths, can be time consuming and hard to follow. It's better to purchase a straightforward kit. Albeit more expensive, it will serve you in time and avoid a high abandonment rate if failure is probable. The entire process of cutting one bottle should take between five to ten minutes.

For the scoring of your bottles you want reliable, fixed steady blades to cut correctly. For thicker glass, the entire process takes longer due to a deeper cut. Also, the number of cutting wheels will determine how long it takes to make your cut. Keep in mind that some blades will dull, and back ups are handy. If you are new to the world of glass cutting, I suggest you get a kit second hand from a credible source.

The assembly required for some models is intimidating. A second hand model will be cheaper and perhaps you have a source to help you with the process. Some models can only accommodate small bottles, or circular bottles only. If this is limiting to you in any way, I suggest you search for another model. If possible, ask what are the limitations of the kit.

Some kits include rings or ties used for separation. They can ensure an even break on the score line, while applying the hot/cold method, although not perfect. Imperfections still exist, particularly if the cut was uneven to begin with.

If possible, a gripped foot for the model will ensure no slippage for the bottle being cut. More stability means an even cut and higher rate of success. Look for high quality rubber anchors. Did you kit include sand paper or emery cloth? If so, what grit size? If the sandpaper is not included or you are uncomfortable purchasing the right paper for the task, I suggest you purchase a kit with one included. When sanding, use with water to prevent creating a harmful dust to inhale.

History of Glass Bottle Cutting

The first attempts to cut glass bottles for recreation resulted in disaster. One of the first measures was to drip a string in kerosene, wrap it around a bottle, and set the string on fire. The bottle broke all right, but in many different directions! A similar method includes placing a heated wire around a bottle; resulting in a similar outcome.

Starting in the late 1950's and early 1960's, some restaurants in New York began to cut bottles and use them for decoration and serving water. They were using a sawlike fixture that held the bottle securely while it circumvented an even cut. By then the patrons where intrigued and through the 1970's glass bottle cutting become a craze and DIY home kits flooded the market. This was short-lived, however, by the 1980's interest had waned and it was retrospectively a fad of the past. A few bottle making companies clung on to the glory days, while some only recently emerged as the trend is picking up steam.

While glass bottle cutting hasn't reemerged with the same popularity in today's market, some artisans and hobbyists have kept the craft alive. Innovations in glass bottle cutting technology have made it easier and safer, however, one still needs to polish the edge, and imperfect breaks are common even with our advanced technology.

The future of microbreweries and DIY consumers all meshes well with glass bottle cutting. Not to mention artisans who enjoy and share their craft with others keep the culture alive. Given the recent attitude towards protecting our planet, more people are giving second thoughts to the environment and recycling and wasting less.

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Last updated on October 20, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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