Straight, Scallops, Waves, Tiaras, Pinking, Perforated
High Density Foam
Plastic Tapes and Film
Tungsten Carbide steel
A11 Tool Steel
Many brand choices:
Olfa blades are the choice of most who work with fabrics, as the blades stay sharper longer and the replacement blades fit most other brands
Chenille Cutter |
When first presented with Rotary Cutters & Mats as a subject, I thought, "Well, I know nothing about these, except that I own some, so it's a good opportunity to learn."
Being a "Tool Gal", I have to have at least one of everything, just in case. I will admit that I have never used these in my bear work, as it Is really difficult to cut out body parts of a 3" miniature bear with something as clumpy and imprecise as a rotary cutter. Let me rephrase that: rotary cutters do an excellent job of precisely cutting through several layers of fabric or paper. It just does not handle vintage long-pile upholstery fabrics and tight, concave inner corners that well.
However, business tags and cards, handmade boxes for presentation cutting fabrics into ribbons for wrapping - all of these are most expeditiously handled with a rotary cutter on its protective mat.
Google was my first stop. What a surprise to find the first few entries advertising John Deere® and then Rhino; Born to Lead® offering "over 50 different basic rotary cutter models with hundreds of possible feature combinations to fit most applications", though no models are described.
Never one to be thwarted by a lack of information in a company's sentence, I delved deeper - to find that these are for brush and landscape mowers! Apparently, the industrial world does not think in terms of fabric and paper as we do! Back to Google...
I will interject here that originally this column was to include a Rating system; I have found it impossible to classify the tools I have been reading about during my research. What works best for me might be your worst investment. I will present some options that are currently available and let you decide.
Slash Cutter |
CONSIDERATIONS before Purchase:
1 Blade size = purpose 18mm - 60mmlarger through fabric, smaller for curves
2 Handle style - straight, ergonomic, padded softened (Softgrip®)
3 Will you work while Standing or Seated?
4 Safety: Latch closed for protection against accidents.Some more difficult to latch shut for those with tendonitis, arthritis, carpal tunnel, RSS Gingher, June TaylorSome spring-loaded auto closeTry each model in your hand - flip latch open & close match to test ease in use
5 Is the style adaptable for use by both right-handed people and/or lefties?