Making a kilometer blurry
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The easiest way I discovered was to take a piece of wood (2" square, 3/4" thick -- approximately -- size not important), and make a cut in it with a hacksaw, about 1/2" from the end. Of all my handsaws (I'm a woodworker), the hacksaw provided the nicest fit over CX-Rays.
It's gentle to the spokes, easy to hold, and didn't seem to take on any wear during a wheelset I built.
Another trick I learned with this tool is that it makes it very easy to split the friction on tight spokes. First, turn the nipple, and let the blade twist a bit (1/8 turn). Then, hold the nipple in place and straighten the blade. Then you only have to fight the nipple/rim friction by itself, followed by the thread friction, by itself. You'll never round another aluminum nipple again.