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Back Edging

Back edging is a method used in tile or brick cutting, specifically to trim or shape the material by removing part of the backing (biscuit) below the glazed or finished face of the tile or brick. This technique is employed to achieve clean edges and precise dimensions while maintaining the integrity and appearance of the glazed surface.

Process and Method:

  • Purpose: To create a clean, finished edge on tiles or bricks after cutting or shaping.
  • Execution: Involves scribing or scoring the glazed face of the tile or brick on the front side and then carefully chipping away the biscuit material from the back side.
  • Tools: Typically uses tools such as tile nippers, scoring tools, or specialized tile cutting equipment depending on the material and thickness.

Key Features:

  • Glazed Face: The front glazed or finished surface remains intact and unaffected during the back edging process.
  • Biscuit Removal: Focuses on removing excess material from the back to achieve the desired shape and size.
  • Finish Quality: Ensures that the edges are smooth and uniform, suitable for installation without compromising the aesthetic appeal of the tile or brick.


  • Tile Installation: Prepares tiles for fitting into corners, along edges, or around obstacles where standard-size tiles need custom trimming.
  • Brickwork: Used in masonry projects to customize bricks for specific dimensions or patterns without damaging the visible surface.


  • Precision: Allows for precise cutting and shaping of tiles or bricks while maintaining the integrity of the glazed surface.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Ensures a clean and professional finish suitable for visible areas in residential and commercial installations.
  • Versatility: Can be applied to various types of tiles and bricks, including ceramic, porcelain, and natural stone materials.


  • Skill Requirement: Requires skill and careful handling to avoid damaging the glazed surface during the cutting process.
  • Safety: Proper safety precautions, such as wearing protective eyewear and gloves, should be observed when handling cutting tools and materials.

Back edging is a specialized technique used by tile setters, masons, and craftsmen to achieve precise cuts and custom shapes in tiles and bricks, ensuring professional results in construction and renovation projects.

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