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High Tech Paper Trimmer for the Super Crafter

Updated on January 25, 2014

If I didn't already own and use the Fiskars 12" Rotary Paper Trimmer this high tech rotary cutter would be on the top of my list.

The real bugaboo for crafters who love working with paper is making the cut, only to discover that one or all sides are out of alignment.

My Lucky Stars! Fiskars has solved the problem with it's newest model rotary cutter for photographers and crafters.

It uses LED technology to highlight the alignment line, removing one main obstacle to proper cutting. A beam of light shines along the cutting path - a smart solution to tired old eyes like mine.

Not only do you get perfect lines, but this dependable cutter folds to a 16 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 1 1/4 inch size. Since it folds into a neat package it can be stacked on top of some other tool, or set on end on the shelf with your crafting books.

That beats the massive size of my older version of the cutter (20 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 13 7/8"). This is the main problem I have the older model I use. It is large and unwieldy, difficult to store, unless you have a shelf you can reserve for its home. I have yet (after seven years) to find the right place to keep my tool, so it keeps moving around my home. It's in the pantry right now, standing on it's head, and it's already fallen off the shelf twice in two weeks.

The new LED lighted rotary cutter has grid lines across the whole surface of the cutting tray, with measurements in inches across both the top and bottom. These guidelines are invaluable to the purpose of the cutter.

Often I'll go for weeks at a time using the cutter to trim photographs printed on my inkjet printer. Sometimes they're for gluing onto greeting cards I occasionally produce for sale, and other times they are traditional family photos I want to send out. Neither looks good if the borders are askew.

That's one more reason why I value the Fiskars Rotary Cutter.

I Have and Use All These Blades

Fiskars 199070-1001 Rotary Cutting Blades, Style F, 28mm
Fiskars 199070-1001 Rotary Cutting Blades, Style F, 28mm

The straight blades are the workhorses for the rotary trimmer. They keep a sharp edge for a surprisingly long time.

They are easy to insert, although for me it wasn't self-explanatory, but once I got the knack of it, it's a cinch. I'm a true fan.

 
Fiskars 28mm Replacement Rotary Perforating Blade, Style F (199040-1001)
Fiskars 28mm Replacement Rotary Perforating Blade, Style F (199040-1001)

What fun to use the Perforated Blade for decorative use and to make your own ripped edges. There's a nice old fashioned look to papers trimmed with this edge. Using multiple runs across the paper, in 1/4 or 1/2" increments offers additional options.

 
Fiskars 28mm Replacement Rotary Scallop Blade , Style F (199140-1001)
Fiskars 28mm Replacement Rotary Scallop Blade , Style F (199140-1001)

This Scalloped edge blade can add enhancement to an ordinary page of handwritten text, a love letter, or a pretty scrapbooking page. I don't scrapbook myself, although I do visual journaling, and have found numerous uses for the way this curvy blade cuts.

 

How do you use your rotary cutter?

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    • takkhisa profile image

      Takkhis 

      4 years ago

      Wow! It is a very handy item.

    • lesliesinclair profile imageAUTHOR

      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: I always think just the right tech for particular uses makes good sense.

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      After reading this, I can understand why you like it so much.

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