Tips for Better Punching
- Lubricate a punch by punching through wax
paper several times.
- A sticking punch
can be placed in the freezer for 20 minutes. This shrinks the metal
parts slightly so that the punch will be easier to use.
- Loosen a new punch with continued punching.
- If a punch sticks, tap it on a tabletop
several times with the paper still sandwiched between, until the mechanism
- Punch on a hard
surface, not between your thumb and index finger in the air. Stand
up for more leverage.
- Precise placement is easier when the punch
is turned upside down.
- Upside down punching is easier because the
underside is larger than the button on top. By placing the entire palm
of your hand over the punch, not just a finger or a thumb over the button,
you gain more strength.
- Sharpen punched by punching through aluminum
foil several times or by running an emery board or similar file across
the cutting edges.