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Fiber Buffer Stripping Tools

M01 Reflection
T12S16 Stripping Tool shown with BFG1 Fiber Gripper

Features

  • Self-Aligning Blade Set Assures Concentric Scoring of Buffer or Coating
  • Color-Coded Blades are Long-Lasting and Swappable
  • Each Stripping Tool Includes a BFG1 Bare Fiber Gripper
  • Foolproof, No-Nick Design
  • Fast, Reliable Fiber Stripping

These fiber buffer stripping tools provide a quick, easy, and reliable way to remove the buffer from an optical fiber in preparation for connectorization. A fiber guide and matched blades ensure that the optical fiber is correctly positioned and stripped each time. The blades are color coded to allow for fast identification of the proper fiber stripping tool. All fiber stripping tools include the BFG1 bare fiber gripper.

Fiber Gripper
The BFG1 bare fiber gripper is an ideal aid when removing buffer from an optical fiber. The textured rubber material of this gripper provides a secure hold without damaging the fiber. This method of gripping is recommended over wrapping or clamping the loose end of the fiber, techniques which can create microfractures in the fiber.

Tool Selection
Step 1: Note your cladding and coating diameters along with their respective ± tolerances.
Step 2: Look down the second column of the table below for your fiber size.
Step 3: With your fiber size identified in the chart below, scan across to the corresponding 'Cladding Range' and 'Coating Range' columns. Ensure that your fiber dimensions ± tolerances fall within the range listed. If they do, then refer to the corresponding Item # to place your order. If the maximum fiber dimensions fall outside the range shown, go to the next larger tool.
Item #Typical Fiber
Cladding/Coating
Cladding RangeCoating Rangea
T04S1080 µm / 170 µm65 - 80 µm150 - 250 µm
T06S13125 µm / 250 µm125 - 135 µm250 - 343 µm
T06S16125 µm / 400 µm125 - 135 µm343 - 407 µm
T08S13125 µm / 250 µm125 - 175 µm250 - 343 µm
T08S40125 µm / 900 µm125 - 175 µm889 - 1016 µm
T10S13200 µm / 300 µm180 - 230 µm250 - 343 µm
T12S16230 µm / 400 µm235 - 280 µm343 - 407 µm
T12S18230 µm / 430 µm235 - 280 µm407 - 457 µm
T12S21230 µm / 500 µm235 - 280 µm457 - 533 µm
T12S25230 µm / 600 µm235 - 280 µm533 - 635 µm
T14S21b285 µm / 500 µm285 - 330 µm457 - 533 µm
T16S31325 µm / 650 µm335 - 380 µm635 - 787 µm
T18S25400 µm / 600 µm385 - 430 µm533 - 635 µm
T18S31400 µm / 730 µm385 - 430 µm635 - 787 µm
T21S31425 µm / 730 µm435 - 500 µm635 - 787 µm
T23S46500 µm / 1000 µm505 - 550 µm1016 - 1168 µm
T28S46630 µm / 1040 µm605 - 680 µm1016 - 1168 µm
M37S46830 µm / 1040 µm835 - 900 µm1016 - 1168 µm
M37S63830 µm / 1400 µm835 - 900 µm1397 - 1600 µm
M44S631035 µm / 1400 µm905 - 1050 µm1397 - 1600 µm
M44S671035 µm / 1600 µm905 - 1050 µm1600 - 1702 µm
M54S761240 µm / 1650 µm1055 - 1350 µm1778 - 1930 µm
M63S861550 µm / 2000 µm1390 - 1600 µm2057 - 2184 µm
  • Coating refers to the jacket, buffer, or coating that is being removed.
  • T14S21 is the only strip tool compatible with BFL48-200 and BFH48-200 fiber.
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Poster: tcohen
Posted Date: 2012-10-18 12:04:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for your feedback! We used to sell various blade inserts but found that they were not popular. I will discuss this with our production team to see if it makes sense to reintroduce them. In the meantime, we can still offer these as a special by contacting us at techsupport@thorlabs.com.
Poster: tjd
Posted Date: 2012-10-12 17:38:38.367
Following up on b.steel1, it would be nice if you would resell various sizes of the the blade inserts and fiber guides from Micro-Strip--should be cheaper, and more flexible than buying separate tools.
Poster: tcohen
Posted Date: 2012-09-23 22:25:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: Thank you for contacting us. We can offer replacement blades as a special. I will email you directly so that we can provide a quote.
Poster: b.steel1
Posted Date: 2012-09-21 12:00:13.0
Can replacement blades be bought without the tool itself?
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T04S10 Support Documentation
T04S10 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 80 µm / 170 µm
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T06S13 Support Documentation
T06S13 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 250 µm
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T06S16 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 400 µm
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T08S13 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 250 µm
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T08S40 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 900 µm
$69.36
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T10S13 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 200 µm / 300 µm
$69.36
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T12S16 Support Documentation
T12S16 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 400 µm
$66.61
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T12S18 Support Documentation
T12S18 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 430 µm
$66.61
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T12S21 Support Documentation
T12S21 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 500 µm
$66.61
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T12S25 Support Documentation
T12S25 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 600 µm
$66.61
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T14S21 Support Documentation
T14S21 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 285 µm / 500 µm
$66.61
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T16S31 Support Documentation
T16S31 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 325 µm / 650 µm
$65.28
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T18S25 Support Documentation
T18S25 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 600 µm
$66.61
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T18S31 Support Documentation
T18S31 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 730 µm
$65.28
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T21S31 Support Documentation
T21S31 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 425 µm / 730 µm
$65.28
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T23S46 Support Documentation
T23S46 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 500 µm / 1000 µm
$65.28
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T28S46 Support Documentation
T28S46 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 630 µm / 1040 µm
$67.22
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M37S46 Support Documentation
M37S46 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1040 µm
$67.83
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M37S63 Support Documentation
M37S63 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1400 µm
$67.83
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M44S63 Support Documentation
M44S63 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1400 µm
$67.83
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M44S67 Support Documentation
M44S67 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1600 µm
$67.83
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M54S76 Support Documentation
M54S76 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1240 µm / 1650 µm
$67.83
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M63S86 Support Documentation
M63S86 Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1550 µm / 2000 µm
$79.25
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BFG1 Support Documentation
BFG1 Rubber Gripper for Bare Fiber Optics
$5.00
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Crimping Tool for Connectors

Fiber Connector Crimp Tool
This fiber connector crimp tool can be used for crimping SMA, FC, SC, and ST connectors. The crimp tool featured here has hex crimp sizes of: 0.128", 0.151", 0.178", 0.197", and 0.215".

Connectors with Ø3 mm or greater tubing require the crimp tool. The Ø900 μm tubing or smaller does not need to be crimped.

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Stripping Tools

Kevlar Cutting Shears
The T865 cutting shears have carbon steel serrated blades that are specifically designed to cut through Kevlar fibers. The serrated blade keeps the Kevlar fibers from sliding along the blades as the shears are being closed, which allows the Kevlar fibers to be cut easily. It is important to only use the T865 cutting shears for cutting Kevlar, any other material, including the silica fiber itself, can potentially damage to the precision edge of the blades and make them less effective in cutting Kevlar. These shears feature padded handles that have a return spring.

Adjustable Fiber Buffer and Jacket Stripping Tool
The AFS900 stripping tool is a versatile tool capable of stripping both the fiber jacket (furcation tubing) and fiber buffer. The blades have a V-groove slot to precisely hold the fiber in the proper position as the stripping tool is closed. The AFS900 has an adjustable blade stop that can be used to ensure that the optical fiber is not cut when stripping the jacket or buffer. This tool is often used when stripping Ø900 µm fiber jacket (tight or loose) or a Ø250 µm buffer from a Ø125 µm clad fiber. Because of the delicate nature of fiber, we recommend that when the AFS900 is used to strip fiber buffer that the stop be properly set and then to dedicate the tool for that purpose. Also available (see above) are fiber buffer stripping tools with blades that are dedicated for use with specific fiber cladding and buffer diameters.

Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing
The FTS3 will provide precise cuts through Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm furcation tubing. Simply set the depth of the dual cutting blades before placing the cutting tool around the fiber. Then spin the tool around the fiber several times. This results in two precise cuts through the tubing. The furcation tubing between the two cuts can then be removed by using the blade at the end of the FTS3 to make a precise cut through the tubing along the length of the fiber. Each FTS3 also comes with a blade that has a rounded tip. Long cuts along the length of the fiber can be made through the furcation tubing by swapping the blade at the end of the FTS3 with the rounded blade. Simply place the fiber in the end V-groove, press the blade through the furcation tubing, and then draw the fiber through the tool. Replacement blades (FTS3B) are available for the FTS3 stripping tool. Each FTS3B contains three straight blades plus the round tipped blade.

Three-Hole Fiber Stripping Tool
The FTS4 fiber stripping tool performs all common fiber stripping functions. The first hole, indicated by the 1 in the photo to the right, strips the Ø1.6 - 3 mm fiber jacket down to the Ø600 - 900 µm buffer coating. The second hole strips the Ø600 - 900 µm buffer coating down to the Ø250 µm coating. The third hole is used to strip the Ø250 µm cable down to the glass fiber without nicks or scratches.

The handle is made of TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber) and the tool is 6" long from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle. This fiber stripper is preset at the factory and cannot be adjusted or calibrated. The stripping tool should be periodically checked for proper operation, and can be cleaned with a fine plastic bristled brush to remove debris from the openings. The openings can also be cleaned with dry compressed air CA3.

Fiber Gripper
The BFG1 bare fiber gripper is an ideal aid when removing buffer from an optical fiber. The textured rubber material of this gripper provides a secure hold without damaging the fiber. This method of gripping is recommended over wrapping or clamping the loose end of the fiber, techniques which can create microfractures in the fiber.

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AFS900 Support Documentation
AFS900 Adjustable Stripping Tool for Fiber Buffers, Fiber Jackets, and Wire
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T865 Support Documentation
T865 Kevlar Cutting Shears
$36.67
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FTS3 Support Documentation
FTS3 Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing
$28.05
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FTS3B Support Documentation
FTS3B Replacement Blade Set (Four Blades) for FTS3
$8.42
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FTS4 Three-Hole Stripping Tool for Fiber Buffers and Jackets
$29.38
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BFG1 Rubber Gripper for Bare Fiber Optics
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Fiber Optic Disposal Unit

Features

  • Safe Solution for Disposing of Cleaved Fiber Ends
  • One Circular and One Rectangular Covered Hole in Lid
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.75" x 2.75" x 6" (6.99 cm x 6.99 cm x 15.24 cm)
  • Disposable: Do Not Reuse

The FTDU offers a safe solution for disposal of cleaved fiber ends, epoxy and syringes, and other sharp objects. This high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottle features a translucent lid with one circular and one rectangular hole in it (see the photo to the right). Both of these holes have individual covers that snap closed to keep the contents inside the unit. Tabs on the side of the lid hold the covers open for hands-free use. The two hole covers are connected by a plastic tab. Cut, or pull, the covers apart to use the holes separately.

To use, insert sharps into one of the holes in the lid. Do not remove the lid itself from the unit. Use the "Contents" space on the label to clearly indicate what is inside. To protect against spills, keep the holes covered when not inserting sharps. When it is full, securely cover both holes in the lid by inserting the tab on the cover into the slot in the lid and dispose of the canister according to the contents. Do not fill the sharps container past the indicated "Full" line on the label. Do not reuse this unit; it is a one-time-use container only.

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