The bottom line is that good tools are essential for making good glass. Even if you are just starting out in the craft, we encourage you to only buy the highest quality tools.
A poor quality cutter is often the root cause of cutting difficulties. Badly made pliers are a great way to break your glass in the wrong place. Getting a great - as opposed to a passable - finish on your work requires both a little extra work and some appropriate cold working tools.
The tools we sell are the ones we use ourselves in our commercial studio and are the ones all of our students use. They therefore have to be both effective and long-lasting - making them a worthwhile investment.