Fiskars 12" paper cutter-Precision cuts
Aug 8, 2008
Review by reginahitch
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Sharp, easily replaceable blades. Large cutting area. Precision measurements. Replaceable cutting strip.
Cons:Large, heavy, cumbersome, hard to store.
The Bottom Line: This is a great cutter, if you have room for it. If you are short on space, utilize a good hanger because this is worth having.
I bought a tiny 12" paper trimmer also from Fiskars, with a swing-out arm and tiny blades when I was selling Stampin' Up! rubber stamps and accessories. I made a LOT of greeting, birthday, anniversary, etc. cards. In fact, I went through about 200 reams of papers, cardstocks, and vellums in the 4 years I actively sold the products. All this translated to the need for a heavy duty cutter whose blades I didn't have to replace every week or so.
Recommend this product?
My husband came home from Wal-Mart with this cutter one day. It is big and uses the standard Fiskars rotary wheel blades that my rotary cutter for fabric uses, and has many different styles of wheels, which are easy to find. The cutter came with two wheels; cutting and scoring. He also purchased a perforating wheel and a scalloped wheel.
The first thing I noticed about this cutter is it's size. My little cutter fit into the drawer when the swing out arm was folded in. This one fits in no drawer, that is for sure. Consequently, I had to find a place to hang it where it would be out of my way when I didn't need it. I live in a double-wide where my office, including this computer, and my crafts, including my massive cutter, all have to share space with my bedroom, schoolwork, sewing machine, and freelance writing business. So having it out on the desk all the time is not an option. Because of this, I don't regularly use it. How big is it? Well, the specs tell you, but I measured it and it is 13" by 20", and nothing folds to make it smaller.
This cutter is precise, and measurements are exact. The ruler continues down the body and cutting area of the cutter, so lining up for a square cut is easy. It's got bright orange (Fiskars orange for those who are unfamiliar) rulers down the body to allow for vertical as well as horizontal alignment. This is one feature missing in many of the competition's cutters.
It is build of rugged, durable plastic, except the blade assembly and the slider which the blade rolls on. It has two blade storage areas at the corner of the base, which when the plastic lids are shut, is flush with the surface of the cutter. I had 5 blades in each side and it was still flush with the surface, so storage of blades should not be a problem.
The blades are very easy to change. Simply flip up the slider assembly, unscrew the nut on the end, and do a 1/4 turn of the plastic keeper and the blade falls out. Be careful doing that, as when you turn the keeper, it is close to the blade and carelessness could lead to cut fingers, though I never have cut myself. I just think it is possible.
The blade assembly was well thought out, as there is a slip-proof plastic grip over the whole blade which not only makes it safer to cut with, but helps to put more even pressure on the blade as it rotates up the replaceable cutting surface.
The cutting strip is a 1/2" wide, 12" long rigid plastic strip that is both 4-sided (can be rotated 4 times to give a new cutting surface) and replaceable. These parts are easy to find wherever you purchased your cutter or at the fiskars website, and are inexpensive to purchase.
The blades themselves are very easy to find and can be found in both the craft sections of your local department stores, as well as in the sewing/fabric section, as they fit the rotary hand cutter made for fabric. There are three sizes of blades, and only the 45mm ones fit the cutter properly. These blades are razor sharp and can cut fingers as easily as they can paper, so don't let any little ones play with the blades, even those taken out of the cutter to be replaced. The blades are thin and lightweight, but durable and have a strong cutting surface. They cannot be sharpened, only replaced when they are dull. I have had the same straight blade in mine for 3 years and it still does a pretty good job, though it is definitely time to be replaced. It used to cut through 3 layers of Stampin' Up! cardstock, which is equivalent to 5 of other brands or 6 of store brands, and now it cuts through the top one and about 3/4 through the second layer. Not bad for three years, though.
The cutter itself has ridges on the back of it to allow you to hang it on a wall. However, thumbtacks will not work as their heads are too large and they are too short to make a stable holder for the cutter. The cutter is fairly heavy and will pull nails out of the wall unless they are set in studs, so keep that in mind. What I found works just right is an 8d nail (with a head, not 8d finishing nail) set in a stud. The hanging "brackets" are too close together to allow you to set two nails in different studs, though if it is turned sideways on the wall, that is a possibility. I don't know how else to store this thing, as it is quite large and a bit cumbersome.
To sum up, this cutter is large and powerful. It's size makes cutting 12" scrapbooking papers a breeze. No swinging measuring arms to get in the way or break off and render the cutter useless, and a true 12" cutting area makes maneuvering large papers quite easy. The precision cutting this cutter delivers is essential in paper crafts.
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