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Posted 01/13/2018   01:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add JPR to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all,

Although I love the idea of hingeless albums, they are just a bit too expensive. My plan is to buy regular pages and then add the many, many mounts myself. I have many questions too (as always)...

1. If I want them to look nice, should I get a cutter (rather than just cut them with scissors)?

2. If I get a cutter, what kind do you recommend (for accuracy, ease of use, durability, affordability)?

3. I want to use clear mounts so I can still see the image on the page. Are some better than others?

4. Is there anything I need to know about glue?

All advice appreciated!
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Posted 01/13/2018   02:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add erilaz to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely don't use scissors; the edges will look awful. I used a sharp utility knife and a straightedge for years, until I inherited my uncle's Showgard Orthomatic Cutter, which works great. eBay has secondhand ones at reasonable prices, though shipping to Japan may be expensive. (I couldn't find any on Amazon.co.jp or Yafuoku.)
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Posted 01/13/2018   02:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Walkman82 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also use a Showgard Orthomatic Cutter. I bought it in 1989 and after 29 years it's still as sharp and accurate as when I bought it.
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Posted 01/13/2018   05:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi JPR

Here is a link to an article I wrote on use of mounts. Reading thje threasa you will get a good education on using mounts.

http://goscf.com/t/17131#17131

BTW: Do Not Use Scissors to cut mounts!

Jerry B
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Posted 01/13/2018   06:32 am  Show Profile Check chris2015's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add chris2015 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Definitely don't use scissors; the edges will look awful.


It depends on if you are using black or clear mounts. I have been using scissors for years on my mounts and, since they are clear, you can't tell the difference.

I started out just licking them, then switched to using a glue stick, now recently I got turned on to using double-sided tape to attach my mounts. Works great without the mess a using glue and it allows you to remove the mount if you need to without damage to the page.

Another tip: using mounts on every stamp can also get expensive. Many folks will set a CV limit and hinge cheaper stamps below that limit and only mount the more expensive stamps above that limit. If you are using clear mounts, that blend well with using hinges, black mounts do not.

Hope that helps.

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Posted 01/13/2018   06:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add angore to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also have the Showgard cutter it and has worked well for years. You are less likely to make mistakes.
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Posted 01/13/2018   06:46 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do not see anything wrong with cutting mounts (any color) with scissors. But I certainly agree that the scissors need to be clean and sharp. I have cut mounts in cutters (both guillotine and roller) which looked horrid due to bad blades. I think the key to any cutting method is sharpness of the cutting blade.

If you use scissors, you must buy a good pair, hide them from everyone else in the house, never use them to cut anything else (including paper which is the fastest way to dull a pair of scissors). Mount cutters probably have a better reputation because they are less likely to be abused with other cutting tasks.
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Posted 01/13/2018   06:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
JPR,

Use a cutter. I recommend Showgard. However, please reconsider hingeless albums. When you compare the cost of the mounts, you will find it more expensive. I use mounts myself on my USA collection. But they are black backed. Had this option been available in hingeless, I definitely would have gone the hingeless route.

Jack Kelley
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Posted 01/13/2018   06:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I suggest definitely buying the Orthomatic cutter, and the larger size also. It should last near forever as Walkman82 said. There are no real instructions with it that I remember, but the bar next to the blade should be pressed down so that mount doesn't move as you cut.
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Posted 01/13/2018   07:31 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you are using a printed album, clear mounts are generally better, as they don't hide the information beneath the stamp. I have a Hawid mount-cutter, although I usually use scissors.
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Posted 01/13/2018   08:43 am  Show Profile Check itma's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add itma to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am just getting into self-designed album pages and plan to insert pictures of the stamps on a black background. I can then use black mounts which show off the perforation much better than clear. And mounts will only go onto the pages as needed.
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Posted 01/13/2018   08:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cougar01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've been using this cutter that I found while browsing the aisles at Staples. Does the job perfectly for cutting mounts for single stamps and blocks, although it's too small for cutting mounts for sheets. Makes a nice clean, straight cut. Probably better cutters out there, but I'm cheap, and this works for my needs. :-)

Website says "not available in stores", but mine had several. Think I paid around $5.00 for it a couple years ago. Still using the original blade, too!

https://www.staples.com/carl-person...oduct_922661

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Posted 01/13/2018   09:10 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you're designing your own page, you can create a thicker black surround, which will make the perfs stand out with a clear mount. Of course, if you aren't buying expensive printed pages, blotting out the image with a black mount doesn't really matter.
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Posted 01/13/2018   09:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
JPR: as you can see, there are a variety of opinions and each works for the person making the post.

Myself, I use scissors to cut black mounts. They look fine in my albums alongside hinged items. I set a catalog value limit of US $50-60 for when I use mounts. Also, I do not recommend using any kind of adhesive like a glue stick. One never knows what will happen after ten years as adhesive can migrate (move around) through a page or on the surface of a page.
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Posted 01/13/2018   09:43 am  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I second Steve's opinion. For some reason folks seem to think only 'direct contact' can affect stamps. The environment is the key critical factor. We should remember that out gassing occurs with various chemicals and if these are surrounding a stamp they can eventually affect it. For example, put a stamp in a mount and then store it in an old cigar box. The acids in the wooden cigar box creates a very acidic environment over time and the stamp in the mount will indeed tone even through it has no surface contacting the stamp paper.
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Posted 01/13/2018   10:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cursus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use a rotary cutter with clear mounts, but just with UMM stamps, and it has worked fine for nearly 20 years. For my, more usual, used stamps, I just use hinges. Even, with expensive used stamps.
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