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    Default Recommendations for tool to cut polystyrene straight and without mess?

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    Has anyone got a tool they can hands down recommend to cut polystyrene with a thickness of 5cm to shapes and specific designs without making a mess. Have looked at a hot knife, but can't find a review of a good one. Would love to hear of others experiences and recommendations.

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    If you're still looking for advice: i put a knife or a wire over the stove so it heats up. It makes the cut a bit nicer. It pretty much burns through the polystyrene without all the little lumps coming off. Be careful of your hands though, it's hot

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    Seem to remember years ago we had a sort of forte saw frame with a tight thin wire instead of a blade and a large torch battery that when used, the battery power heated the wire that then melted through the polystyrene? Bit like the above, just a bit easier to use.

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    Yeah it was called a 'Hot Knife'

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    Just reading the title of this post has left me with goosebumps on my arms.
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    LOL Carol,
    I'm missing the very top of one of my middle fingers after slicing it off using a hot wire to cut polystyrene blocks at art school.....

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    Sounds difficult! What I do is I don't cut through in one go, I form the pattern (with the knife of course) very carefully, not completely piercing through the polystyrene. After cutting the first few centimetres, have a go at it again. It can take time but the result is pretty good honestly.
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