The Ultimate Edger is listed as a multi-tool with six uses and five of the six being different from each other see picture.
I’m going to tell you how I found the Ultimate Edger – Exactly what it does plus a few extra uses. And why I highly recommend that every potter add it to their tools.
My friend Vicki could see I was struggling with shaping and smoothing out the bottom of my piece. She held up this funny looking steel thing with points all over.
I said, “What’s that?”
She replied, “It’s the Ultimate Edger.”
She starts pointing out all the ways you can use it, then demonstrates by putting a smooth edge on the bottom of her mug. Wow was that nice. She then handed it to me and I quickly created a smooth foot for my mug also. The Edger comes in two sizes Large 5.25″ x 2.5″ and a slightly smaller version at 4.25″ × 2″, which fits nicely in my hand. When I tried to give it back to her, Vicki told me to keep it. She must have observed how much I liked it. Thanks, Vicki!
For this review, any references in text or photos will relate to the Smaller 4.25″ × 2″ Ultimate Edger
Its the Multi-Tool That Helps Create Consistent Rims And Feet Every Time.
A. The Double Edge – Makes a nice double edge on the bottom of your piece. I like how the top edge is smaller than the bottom edge, thus creating a nice design. The good size lip on the bottom not only looks good it’s also great for glazing. If you happen to have a glaze that runs a bit more then you intended, this lip can help catch the glaze before it hits the kiln shelf or your cookie. Another nice feature is the bottom pointy edge takes extra clay away from the bottom edge.
B and D. The Lip Edge – Is used to smooth out the edge on the lip of your pots. Of course, we all know the clay is very soft at this stage of pottery making, so you have to be careful when using any tool. Having this shape on both sides is very useful. Depending on how your pottery is shaped and where you want to place your edger you can flip it around, so it doesn’t hit other parts of your pottery. This came in very handy when I put a lip on my casserole dish.
C. The Raised Design Edge – The small rounded edge on top of the edger can smooth out the lip of smaller pottery. It’s Used to make a raised design on a lid or pot.
E. The Single Edge – This side of the edger creates a nice size single edge on the bottom of your pottery. If you tilt the edger downward toward your wheel, you can create a smaller lip on the bottom of your piece.
F. The Large Edge – Works great for larger pieces of pottery. It easily puts a nice lip on the rim. You can make the shape of the rim go inward, outward, or both to create the look you want.
3 Bonus Ultimate Edger Uses
- I call the number one bonus edge the Knob Topper Edge you combine the B, and C edges to make a cool decorative design with a finished Knob Top.
- Bonus edge number two is the Split Rim Edge. Using the point of the E edge to make a clean good size double rim.
- The third bonus edge is The Texture Edge. For this design, you can place B or D edge along the side of your pottery to make a nice design to add a texture to your pot.
Few More Reasons Why I Like the Ultimate Edger
- You can form a nice bottom edge lip that is great for glazing. It’s like a safety ledge for beginners.
- It has a nice grip to it that doesn’t slip out of my hands.
- The hole in the middle of the edger is a nice plus. I have used it from time to time. It helps keep your grip secure if your hands are slippery. The hole also comes in handy if you store some of your tools on a hook for easy access like I do with my wire for cutting clay and calipers for measuring.
- It’s great to have a single edge and double edge on the bottom to choose from. I like to switch from the single to double edges depending on the piece I’m making.
- This 20-gauge steel does not bend. I like the sturdy feel of the edger in my hands. This is important especially when you have thrown a beautiful piece of pottery and you don’t want to mess up on the final touches.
- The edger works best if go don’t go straight into the clay. Placing the edger on an angle will lessen the chance of marking up your piece.
- If you don’t have much room between the bowl and the base, you can still get to the base with this tool by tilting the top of the edger down towards the wheel so the rest of the edger does not make a mark on the side of your bowl. Slip it in on a 45-degree angle and remove the clay from your foot.
- If you like to throw bigger or thicker pieces the Ultimate Edger does come in a larger size 5.25″ x 2.5″ It’s convenient to have different sizes to choose from.
The Ultimate Edger quickly became one of my favorite tools when I throw. It’s a great little multi-tool for the beginner potter and the potter that’s been around for a while. It is the perfect tool for making consistent rims or feet every time.
It’s always fun to get a little wild with texture and design on your pottery. Whether you are throwing or hand building the ultimate edger is a great tool for finding and expressing your wild side. Get one here