Hand Outside Cutter

Cut upper shoe parts from leather or other materials.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Outside Cutters do?

Cuts upper shoe parts from leather or other material, using hand knife: Selects material and cutting pattern according to specifications. Marks defects, such as brands, cuts, and scars, using chalk, and cuts leather against grain to minimize stretch. Positions pattern over material on cutting board. Draws knife along edge of pattern to cut parts. Bundles cut parts. Marks size on top part, using pencil.


Should I be a Hand Outside Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Outside Cutter, Hand, Outsider, Outsole Cutter, Hand, Upper Cutter-Out

    How to become a Hand Outside Cutter

    Most Hand Outside Cutters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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