The last time I changed the blade, which I admittedly don’t always do when I should, something strange happened. I was happily cutting scraps when I noticed some weird mm-wide strips on my mat. Whaaat? Were my hands trembling? Did I suddenly suffer from double vision? After making sure that my hands were indeed steady and my vision uncompromised, I had a closer look at the blade.
See the white there? Yup; I had put in two blades by accident. There is oil or something between the blades so they had stuck together and as I was cutting, the blades came apart and made two cuts. When I removed the extra blade, I found all of this built up between them.
I’ll pay more attention when I change my next blade, which will be soon as I ruined a brand new blade on my new curved ruler. While I had understood that you can use a 45mm cutter with the ruler, it hurt both the blade and the ruler. Besides, the curves turned out less than perfect which was kind of the reason why I got the ruler in the first place – to get perfect curves. I knew I had a 28mm cutter somewhere and did a quick search.
Within a few minutes I had located no less than 8 rotary cutters, two of them unopened, and a circular one.
A comfortable cutter makes a lot of difference to my hands, so I’m always on the lookout for the best one. So far I have tried quite a few types (pictures borrowed from online shops).
This 45mm Olfa is the one I use the most. I love how the blade retracts as you loosen the grip, and I automatically press the safety button when I put it down.
This Kai was my first. I only have the straight blade and have mostly been using it for cutting paper the past few years, but I’m sure that a new blade and a drop of oil would have it up to speed again.
I have these in two sizes although I’m not sure which brand(s) they are. There are several of the orange types around and I’m quite pleased with the ones I have, particularly the shape and material of the handle.
I have this purple 45mm Olfa (the orange was not available) and have used it a lot. It’s a great cutter.
I have not been too comfortable with this 45mm Kai as I feel that I have to apply extra pressure to make the cut. That being said, I have friends who love theirs.
The circular Olfa cutter is great for bigger circles; not so good for small ones. I have had it for years and have just started using it.
This Fiskars was one of the unopened ones, but I hear great things about it.
This EZ cutter came in a goodybag with the 45mm head. It did not work for me at all. I usually sit at the table while cutting, so it may be an angle issue.
Now I am curious, which rotary cutter do you prefer, and why?