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Fiber Optic Termination Tools


  • Buffer Stripping Tools for Ø80 to Ø1550 µm Clad Fibers
  • Furcation Stripping Tools for Ø400 µm to Ø3.8 mm Fiber Jackets

T06S13

Fiber Stripping Tool

AFS900

Adjustable Fiber and
Wire Stripping Tool

FTS3

Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and
Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing

T186

Kevlar Cutting
Shears

CT042

Connector
Crimp Tool

FTS4

Three-Hole Fiber Stripper

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Fiber Buffer Stripping Tools

M01 Reflection
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T12S16 Stripping Tool Shown with Included BFG1 Fiber Gripper
  • 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.

The BFG1 Bare Fiber Gripper is included with each fiber buffer stripping tool. When removing the 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, as these techniques can create microfractures in the fiber. The BFG1 gripper is also sold separately below.

To select the correct fiber stripping tool for your cladding and coating diameter, please expand the Stripping Tool Selection Guide table below.

Stripping Tool Selection Guide

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.

Note: For Thorlabs fibers, the proper stripping tool can be found on the product page of the fiber in question.

Item #Typical Fiber Cladding/CoatingCladding RangeCoating Rangea
T04S10 80 µm / 170 µm 65 - 80 µm 150 - 250 µm
T06S13 125 µm / 250 µm 125 - 135 µm 250 - 343 µm
T06S16 125 µm / 400 µm 125 - 135 µm 343 - 407 µm
T08S13 125 µm / 250 µm 125 - 175 µm 250 - 343 µm
T08S40 125 µm / 900 µm 125 - 175 µm 889 - 1016 µm
T10S13 200 µm / 300 µm 180 - 230 µm 250 - 343 µm
T12S16 230 µm / 400 µm 235 - 280 µm 343 - 407 µm
T12S18 230 µm / 430 µm 235 - 280 µm 407 - 457 µm
T12S21 230 µm / 500 µm 235 - 280 µm 457 - 533 µm
T12S25 230 µm / 600 µm 235 - 280 µm 533 - 635 µm
T14S21 285 µm / 500 µm 285 - 330 µm 457 - 533 µm
T16S31 325 µm / 650 µm 335 - 380 µm 635 - 787 µm
T14S18 330 µm / 450 µm 285 - 330 µm 407 - 457 µm
T18S25 400 µm / 600 µm 385 - 430 µm 533 - 635 µm
T18S31 400 µm / 730 µm 385 - 430 µm 635 - 787 µm
T21S31 425 µm / 730 µm 435 - 500 µm 635 - 787 µm
T23S46 500 µm / 1000 µm 505 - 550 µm 1016 - 1168 µm
T28S31 630 µm / 780 µm 605 - 680 µm 635 - 787 µm
T28S46 630 µm / 1040 µm 605 - 680 µm 1016 - 1168 µm
M37S46 830 µm / 1040 µm 835 - 900 µm 1016 - 1168 µm
M37S63 830 µm / 1400 µm 835 - 900 µm 1397 - 1600 µm
M44S63 1035 µm / 1400 µm 905 - 1050 µm 1397 - 1600 µm
M44S67 1035 µm / 1600 µm 905 - 1050 µm 1600 - 1702 µm
M63S86 1550 µm / 2000 µm 1390 - 1600 µm 2057 - 2184 µm
  • Coating refers to the jacket, buffer, or coating that is being removed.
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T04S10 Support Documentation
T04S10Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 80 µm / 170 µm
$135.66
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T06S13 Support Documentation
T06S13Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 250 µm
$69.36
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T06S16 Support Documentation
T06S16Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 400 µm
$69.36
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T08S13 Support Documentation
T08S13Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 250 µm
$69.36
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T08S40 Support Documentation
T08S40Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 125 µm / 900 µm
$69.36
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T10S13 Support Documentation
T10S13Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 200 µm / 300 µm
$69.36
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T12S16 Support Documentation
T12S16Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 400 µm
$66.61
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T12S18 Support Documentation
T12S18Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 430 µm
$66.61
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T12S21 Support Documentation
T12S21Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 500 µm
$66.61
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T12S25 Support Documentation
T12S25Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 230 µm / 600 µm
$66.61
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T14S21 Support Documentation
T14S21Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 285 µm / 500 µm
$66.61
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T16S31 Support Documentation
T16S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 325 µm / 650 µm
$65.28
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T14S18 Support Documentation
T14S18Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 330 µm / 450 µm
$67.83
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T18S25 Support Documentation
T18S25Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 600 µm
$66.61
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T18S31 Support Documentation
T18S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 400 µm / 730 µm
$65.28
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T21S31 Support Documentation
T21S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 425 µm / 730 µm
$65.28
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T23S46 Support Documentation
T23S46Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 500 µm / 1000 µm
$65.28
Today
T28S31 Support Documentation
T28S31Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 630 µm / 780 µm
$67.83
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T28S46 Support Documentation
T28S46Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 630 µm / 1040 µm
$67.22
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M37S46 Support Documentation
M37S46Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1040 µm
$67.83
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M37S63 Support Documentation
M37S63Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 830 µm / 1400 µm
$67.83
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M44S63 Support Documentation
M44S63Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1400 µm
$67.83
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M44S67 Support Documentation
M44S67Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1035 µm / 1600 µm
$67.83
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M63S86 Support Documentation
M63S86Fiber Stripping Tool, Typical Cladding/Coating: 1550 µm / 2000 µm
$79.25
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Three-Hole Fiber Stripping Tool

FTS4 Stripping Tool
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The FTS4 three-hole fiber stripping tool can be used to strip off (1) the jacket, (2) the buffer, and (3) the coating of an optical fiber.

The FTS4 Fiber Stripping Tool is capable of stripping the fiber jacket (furcation tubing), fiber buffer, and fiber coating. The first hole, indicated by the 1 in the photo to the right, strips the Ø1.6 mm - Ø3 mm fiber jacket down to the Ø600 µm - Ø900 µm buffer coating. The second hole strips the Ø600 µm - Ø900 µm buffer 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 thermoplastic rubber and the tool is 6" (15 cm) 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 (Item # CA3).

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FTS4 Support Documentation
FTS4Three-Hole Stripping Tool for Fiber Buffers and Jackets
$29.38
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Adjustable Fiber Buffer and Jacket Stripping Tool

The AFS900 Adjustable Stripping Tool is capable of stripping 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), and can remove jackets and buffers down to Ø400 µm. 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 are fiber buffer stripping tools with blades that are dedicated for use with specific fiber cladding and buffer diameters (see above).

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AFS900 Support Documentation
AFS900Adjustable Stripping Tool for Fiber Buffers, Fiber Jackets, and Wire
$20.00
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Vytran™ Stripping Tool for Ø900 µm Tight Buffer

Slot LabelCut Deptha
(Nominal)
- 200 µm
1 212.5 µm
2 225 µm
3 237.5 µm
4 250 µm
5 262.5 µm
6 275 µm
7 287.5 µm
8 300 µm
9 312.5 µm
+ 325 µm
  • Depth of Cut into an Unstripped Fiber
TBS900 Tight Buffer Stripper
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The TBS900 Tight Buffer Stripper shears off a portion of the buffer, allowing the user to peel the buffer back by hand.

The Vytran™ TBS900 Tight Buffer Stripping Tool is used to remove tight buffer from Ø900 µm buffered fiber without cutting the coating. It is designed for fibers with coating diameters from 250 µm to 500 µm. As shown by the image to the left, it consists of eleven slots, each of which is 4" (101.6 mm) long, and a holding plate. Each slot cuts a different depth into the buffer, as given in the table to the right.

To use, place the tool on a flat, clean surface, then push down the two rounded tabs next to the holding plate to raise the holding plate. While holding down the tabs, insert the Ø900 µm buffered fiber into the desired slot in the direction marked "Feed". Release the tabs to lower the holding plate, then pull the buffered fiber in the direction marked "Strip". This removes a portion of the buffer, as shown by the drawing to the right, and provides a starting point for peeling back the rest of the buffer by hand.

We recommend starting with a slot that will remove less material, then increasing the amount removed until the ideal slot is determined. Our JEL10 and EYL10X Eye Loupes are useful for inspecting the stripped fiber to ensure the coating has not been compromised.

Each TBS900 stripping tool ships with one single-sided blade pre-installed, as well as ten extra replacement blades. The replacement procedure, which requires a 0.050" balldriver or hex key (not included), is available in the manual.

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TBS900 Support Documentation
TBS900Vytran™ Stripping Tool for Ø900 µm Tight Buffer
$1,100.00
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Crimping Tool for Connectors

This fiber connector crimp tool can be used to crimp SMA, FC, SC, and ST connectors. It has hex crimp sizes of 0.128", 0.151", 0.178", 0.197", and 0.215". Crimping is only required for connectors attached to furcation tubing that is Ø2 mm or greater; Ø900 µm or smaller tubing does not need to be crimped.

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CT042 Support Documentation
CT042Crimp Tool Handle with Die for SMA, FC, SC, or ST Connectors
$99.00
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Kevlar Cutting Shears

The T186 Kevlar Cutting Shears (Mfg. Item # JIC-186) have carbon steel blades that are specifically designed to cut through Kevlar fibers. One blade is serrated to keep the Kevlar fibers from sliding along the blades as the shears are being closed, which allows the Kevlar fibers to be cut easily. These shears feature an ergonomic loop handle made from dual component nylon and Santoprene™. The tool is 6" (15 cm) long from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle and features an adjustable joint screw for tension adjustments.

It is important to use the T186 cutting scissors only for cutting Kevlar. Any other material, including the silica fiber itself, can potentially damage the precision edge of the blades and make them less effective in cutting Kevlar. 

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T186 Support Documentation
T186NEW!Kevlar Cutting Shears
$19.00
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Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing

Fiber Stripping Blades
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FTS3B Replacement Blade Set

The FTS3 Stripping Tool 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 (Item # FTS3B) are available for the FTS3 stripping tool. Each FTS3B set contains three straight blades plus the round tipped blade.

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FTS3 Support Documentation
FTS3Stripping Tool for Ø3 mm and Ø3.8 mm Furcation Tubing
$32.00
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FTS3B Support Documentation
FTS3BReplacement Blade Set for FTS3 (Three Straight Blades and One Round Blade)
$13.00
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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, as these techniques can create microfractures in the fiber.

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BFG1 Support Documentation
BFG1Rubber Gripper for Bare Fiber
$5.00
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Fiber Optic Disposal Unit

  • 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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FTDU Support Documentation
FTDUFiber Optic Disposal Unit
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