What is your favorite paper cutter and why?????

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Posted: 5/3/2013 8:45:20 AM
I have been using the Creative Memories 12" paper cutter (dark navy blue) since I began scrap booking. I stocked up on the replacement blade cartridges (yellow) and I am down to my last blade. I got online to order more blades and found out that Creative Memories no longer carries the blades since they have changed their paper cutter.

My question to my fellow Peas is what type/brand of paper cutter do you use and what are the pro's and con's. Since I will be replacing such an important tool I want to make sure that my choice is a good one. I thank you all for your opinions!!!

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Posted: 5/3/2013 12:25:32 PM
I have the Cutterpillar pro, love it. They have version 3 coming out soon. I've heard equally great things about the Procision trimmer by Fiskars, and if you time it just right with coupons you can get it 60% off or so, which makes it way more affordable than the Cutterpillar.

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Posted: 5/3/2013 12:35:05 PM
i may be a bit behind the times but i still love my MM paper trimmer. i've tried to use other ones like the new Fiskars (that costs over $100) but i find them to be too bulky even if they fold in half. the MM trimmer is just better for my needs and space. i can shuffle it all over my desk and it doesn't eat up that much room. to me, the self sharpening blade is the best part. they don't make it anymore but that's okay, i have two.

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February 2003
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Posted: 5/3/2013 12:42:50 PM
My old grey Fiskars trimmer that I have had since 2003. There probably are better trimmers out there. I have another trimmer that has a light and interchangeable blades to make decorative cuts, but I've never been able to line that one up correctly, and when it does make a cut, the cut is way more subtle than with deco scissors, border punhes what have you. So I just rely on my old one all the time. It has served me well.


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Posted: 5/3/2013 12:45:54 PM
Fiskars precision trimmer is awesome! And it's not expensive. Jennifer mcguire has done a video demonstrating it, you should watch it.

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Posted: 5/3/2013 4:58:06 PM
I have 4 Cutterpedes from EK Success that I love and a Rotatrim Trimmer Professional M 16 series. Its self sharpening and it cuts thick chipboard. My Cutterpedes and fine as long as I rotate the mat and check the blades, which last a long time by the way.


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Posted: 5/3/2013 6:54:09 PM
I have a blue Fiskars trimmer. Love it for everyday use.
But my favorite by far is the Fiskars Anvil Trimmer.
It can cut a stack of 50 sheets of paper and a stack of chipboard like butter. Perfectly straight every time too
I make a lot of journals that I sell so it comes in quote handy for the covers and inner pages. Saves me literally hours of trimming

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August 2012
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Posted: 5/3/2013 7:12:05 PM
I also have a Making Memories trimmer and I love it, because there are no blades to replace. However there is a piece of plastic that the paper goes under and if it breaks there is no replacement.


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Posted: 5/3/2013 8:08:36 PM
I have the Fiskars Paper Trimmer with the LED light. I love it!



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Posted: 5/3/2013 9:42:22 PM
I have a couple but my favorite is the fiskars guillotine cutter it never gets dull

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Posted: 5/4/2013 12:42:59 AM
This must be the most asked question here at 2Peas!

I swear by my Rotatrim MasterCut Rotary Cutter. Self sharpening, safety blade, never a bad cut after ten years of continuous use. Rotatrim is the benchmark in professional trimmers for photographers.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 3:01:23 AM
Love my Cutterpillar

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Posted: 5/4/2013 6:16:06 AM
I love my Genesis. I think I have had it for 10 year or so and never even replaced the blade. I went through a few cutters before that and pitched them when they stopped cutting straight. I wish I would have purchased my Genesis right at the beginning of my time as a scrapbooker!

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Posted: 5/4/2013 6:30:09 AM
I would LOVE to have a Genesis I have the Cutterpillar and really like it. I hated the MM trimmer....too bulky and I REALLY like having back light. I sold the Fiskars one with a light--not crazy about the rotary blade that isn't self-sharpening.



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Posted: 5/4/2013 9:50:16 AM
I'm in the same boat, Gina. While I've never owned the CM personal trimmer, I love the 12" one. I was quite upset to find they had ditched it and I've talked to more than one consultant and none of them had any replacement blades I could score.

The reason I like it is because it fits so nice in my Store-n-Spin. Truthfully, I will probably end up buying them off ebay as long as I can. I'm justifying this by telling myself it's a wash since I won't have to buy replacement blades for my smaller trimmer because it's self sharpening, lol.

Probably not the answer you were looking for, but it is an option.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 11:06:00 AM
I have the Purple Cows 2 in 1. One side is guillotine, and the other is rotary. I like that it has both options. The main reason I bought it though is because I wanted a guillotine trimmer, and at the time I had little kids, and was concerned about having a guillotine trimmer laying around, but this one isn't sharp at all. I'm not sure how, but it cuts great without having a sharp blade. I do mostly prefer a guillotine trimmer.

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Posted: 5/4/2013 11:17:59 AM
I agree, it is the most frequently asked question here. lol
I have a pink cutterpede, have yet to find a perfect trimmer. But, if I keep a fresh blade and carefully make the first few cuts so there are no gouges in my cutting strip, the cutterpede works well.
It is also sold in gray (have seen these at walmart) under the EK Success brand.


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April 2004
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Posted: 5/4/2013 11:26:46 AM
might die a little on the inside if my MM trimmer ever breaks...I still love it after all these years!!


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Posted: 5/4/2013 11:38:23 AM
I second the Genesis. I have had mine for 11 years and never had to change the blade. The only con is it does need to have a permanant space, but I would put it on the floor if I needed to. It's that good!

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Posted: 5/4/2013 12:17:43 PM
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Posted: 5/4/2013 12:58:56 PM
I also love the Fiskars Procision trimmer.



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Posted: 5/4/2013 1:08:52 PM
I love my Tonic guillotine cutters. I have them in three different sizes and have never had a complaint. They always cut straight and the blades haven't dulled in all my years of using them.


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February 2010
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Posted: 5/5/2013 9:41:49 AM
I have a fiskars rotary trimmer. I like that the blade is always sharp and I can tell exactly where it's going to cut. I haven't changed the blade in years.


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December 2002
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Posted: 5/5/2013 6:45:37 PM
Another vote for the Tonic Studios guillotine cutters. I've had mine for about 7-8yrs and they still cut beautifully! I am contemplating getting a more compact cutter to take to crops. I have the 6 in. base Tonic cutter but it doesn't fit in my crop bag.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 8:55:32 AM
Fiskars Rotary with the swing out arm. Cuts great, I can see exactly where its going to cut, and it's portable enough to pack away for my weekend crops.

I'd really like the Fiskars with the LED light, though...



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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:21:32 AM
I used a Rotatrim a lot while working, and it stays sharp and mostly true. But I love Cutterpillar for scrapping. It's light and I carry it to crops (keep your box), and price is right. Genesis would be a dream, but it's not portable.

I must be a cutter nerd, I had fiskars but gave away within a month. I have a couple of Carl's, and change blade styles ( waves, score, etc), but Cutterpillar is better because of accuracy. Self sharpening is a bonus too, mine is first generation and it just gets sharper.

I don't think anything will ever be as precise as my first love, an X-acto knife, but Cutterpillar comes close.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 9:24:03 AM
Good luck with your decision, cutter selection is an oddly personal thing! It's good there are so many choices and price ranges.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 11:44:14 AM
I use a Rotatrim if I'm at home- like others have said, it's maintenance free and cuts straight every time.

I picked up a Fiskars Procision to try out while traveling, and I love it, as well, for those times I can't have my Rotatrim. It *is* expensive, but you can pick one up at JoAnn or Michaels with a coupon to take some of the sting out of the price.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 5:14:45 PM
I have the Tonic guillotine trimmer and would never switch back to the a rotary trimmer. I LOVE it! And I have had it for 9 years with no issues with needing new blades because it sharpens itself. The only disadvantage is that it is hard to do small pieces on it so sometimes I do have to break out my back up rotary to get a teeny tiny cut. But that's very rare.


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Posted: 5/6/2013 5:56:03 PM
I have the new Stampin UP! Trimmer and I love it. I like that I can keep both the scoring and cutting blades on there. I used to use my MS score board to do my scoring, but the measurements were always off and I haven't had that problem with this trimmer.

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Posted: 5/6/2013 6:07:32 PM
I'm thinking of buying the new SU! trimmer- clear markings, not a rotary, and scoring blade cuilt in plus under trimmer storage.

I like the quality of the CM trimmer, but the markings were not good for aging eyes.

I'm currently using the larger Fiskar's slider trimmer.

I'm a CTMH rep who still buys a few SU! items, but this trimmer looks really good.

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Posted: 5/6/2013 11:07:54 PM
Love my Fiskars Procession trimmer! I've had the Cutterpillar Pro and liked it, but love my Fiskars. Sold the CP to get it. I got my Fiskars at 50% off plus an additional 10%. It's the last cutter I will ever buy.


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Posted: 5/7/2013 1:35:34 AM
So glad you asked this question! I need a new one!



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Posted: 5/8/2013 5:48:00 PM
Why can't some company make replacement blades for the CM cutter. I've used 3 other ones and they don't compare. I'm not happy they stopped making blades for my favorite cutter.
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Posted: 5/8/2013 5:55:00 PM
I am with Chrispeas. Love my Fiskars ProCision cutter. I have had it since it appeared last year in Archivers and I have not been disappointed at all.


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July 2004
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Posted: 5/8/2013 6:03:42 PM
An Xacto knife and steel ruler with a self healing cutting mat. I've tried cutters and still like my knife better.

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Posted: 5/8/2013 6:20:50 PM
I second (third?) the rotatrim. it's an investment, but also the last trimmer I'll ever buy. I looked at the cutterpillar, but couldn't get past the color. silly, I know.
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Posted: 5/9/2013 12:29:24 AM

I have tried several and am currently using the Fiskars portable paper trimmer. I like it, but it seems like I'm going through blade quickly.

What I'd REALLY like to have is the Fiskars ProCision trimmer. I'm going to keep my eyes open for a good deal on them.


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Posted: 5/9/2013 4:47:10 AM
I just bought a Procision cutter by friskar, and let me just tell you.. I won't even touch my old friskar (it's blue and I don't know the name of it). I have spent so much money on buying replacement blades on my old friskar, and now I don't have to do it anymore because Procision is self sharpening!!


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Posted: 5/13/2013 7:32:17 PM
*****************Thank you all sweet peas who responded to my question...I have chosen the Fiskars double rail Pro-cision rotary cutter. Now I just have to get it here....Thank you so much..this forum really helped me make an "educated" decision. Lord knows I make enough wrong ones....especially in scrapping since I am totally addicted!!! (Would hate to guess how much I have spent with this awesome hobby/obsession!!)

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Posted: 5/21/2013 1:19:04 AM
So happy to say that today I bought the Fiskars ProCision paper trimmer at a Joanns store. My local Joann's store did not stock it but I had a Dr appt in Spokane WA (about 200 miles away) and sure enough they had it and I used my 40% coupon. I was really surprised that Joanns.com did not offer it....MANY THANKS of gratitude is given to my fellow peas as I had no idea on my options and your opinions and genuine concern really touched me. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to reply. I really can't thank you enough!!!

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Posted: 5/21/2013 9:24:25 AM
i do love my mm trimmer its bulky but i love it - i take the fiscars one to crops but i prefer the trimmer

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Posted: 5/21/2013 10:03:57 AM
Glad you were able to get the ProCision and use the coupon. I think I'll look into getting one myself after all the good reviews!
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