Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Stamp Community Forum
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

Mountains of Mounts: Scissors or Cutters?  
 

Previous Page
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic
Page: of 2
Moderator
Learn More...
United States
4504 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   10:15 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So far, you've heard as mix of solutions the scissors vs. NO-scissors discussion.

I would like to add that for a beginner, it can be VERY difficult to get a straight-edge with scissors. Simple logic: consider the pinching~twisting motion created by scissors as blades close and cut.

If your budget is low, like many of us, remember that a mount cutter is essentially a straight edge and a razor blade. You could improvise a short-term solution with those two components.

However, in the long term, you'll enjoy your hobby more if you use the right tool for the right job.

KirkS
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
Canada
257 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   10:50 am  Show Profile Check itma's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add itma to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
I've been using this cutter that I found while browsing the aisles at Staples.


Cougar01:

You must have caused a run on the bank. Staples is now out of stock!

I did a search for it at Staples.ca. Got over 28,000 suggested products, none of which was the CARL cutter.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Edited by itma - 01/13/2018 10:55 am
Pillar Of The Community
United States
2164 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   11:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use this - it works spectacularly well. Scissors make a mess of mounts no matter how careful you are. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Fiskars-...r-9/15702028
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
Canada
257 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   11:29 am  Show Profile Check itma's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add itma to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The thing I like about Fiskars cutters is that they use a knife blade (with replacement blades readily available) rather than a wheel or guillotine. What I don't like is their cost in Canada.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
United States
56 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   12:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GrandpaJohn to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My Fiskars 9690 paper trimmer has worked well for me for a number of years now. Never had an issue & it will easily make thin trim cuts of under 1mm. Got mine @ Target years ago and they still carry the replacement cutters too.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
735 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   12:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've been using the Carl rotary cutter mentioned above from Staples for a number of years with great success.

At my recent trip to Staples, though, I noticed that they no longer carry Carl products but have been replaced with Fiskars. I've never used their cutter but their scissors are great so I wouldn't expect a decrease in quality; maybe just a higher price.

Dan
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
The poor relations of stampdom need a home too. ... I'd rather have an example that is imperfect than no example. (LSNW 11/20/17 p.54)
I collect for enjoyment, not investment.
APS Member 223433 Postmark Collectors Club Member #6333
Moderator
Learn More...
4195 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   12:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Consumer grade products are, well, consumer grade. This is especially true of cutting blades. (For years I owned distribution and wholesaled scissors and hair cutting blades to professionals.) A quality cutting edge needs to be made with high carbon steel. High grade steel is not used in cheap products, in fact it is better to use lesser grade so the consumer needs to replace the cutting edge often.

The false economy of buying inexpensive cutting devices should not be a surprise to anyone. A quality pair of properly working scissors (>$40 - $100 US) will not pinch, grab, tear or leave a mess of a mount. (Of course, if you previously cut wire with them.) A quality pair of scissors will last a life time but you will probably need to have then sharpened once or twice.

The same thing applies to the blades in a mount cutter. If available, buy and use the best quality you can find, otherwise replace them very often.
Don
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
United States
156 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   12:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add uboatnut to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My wife is an avid seamstress/quilter. When she up-graded, I got one of the rotary cutters and small green cutting pads that she uses for fabric.

As long as I remember to change the rotary blade (once every 3 years), it cuts Scott/Prinz mounts perfectly and cleanly. The grid on the cutting pad helps make 90 cuts every time. I use a steel ruler with a cork back to hold the mount and run the rotary cutter along the steel edge.

That said, I have a healthy stock of Scott/Prinz mounts that come pre-cut to the common stamp sizes. That saves a load of time.
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Valued Member
Learn More...
United States
274 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   1:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ddreisba to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Some people cut mounts with scissors. Wow! I tried it. It looks easy. It is not. After making a mess of a few mounts, I bought a cheap paper cutter like gadget from Mystic. I worked fine for a couple of years, but now is getting dull. Time to get a new one.

Don
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
1147 Posts
Posted 01/13/2018   3:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don,

I've cut over 5,000 mounts with my Showgard and its still going strong!

Jack Kelley
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Page: of 2 Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Previous Page
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!
New Forum TopicsRecently Active Forum Topics
  Program or software for cancels
  When a typographical error doesn't really make any difference.
  Security Bank Note Co. Proof, can someone give me insight to this piece?
  Australian Historic Homesteads - Prepaid Envelopes 1988
  A new test stamp variety?
  Ebay Lot So Bad I Am Speechless
  50 years of jet travel
  What countries does Scott 2016 san-z cover?
  program to identify precancels
  US precancels with full state names
  Canadian Revenues Valuations
  Turkey in Asia Overprints
  'ungummed' 'unused' full sheet of 1990 stamps: why?
  Damaged Stamp Grading
  Canal Zone J27 plate block with full offset of plate number 123718 on reverse
  Help With 1895 Korea 6a Stamp
  Avatar request
  MPO 603 - Debert Camp Censor handstamp
  Need Binder for Davo Pages
  Canada Post Distribution Problem????
  Czechoslovakia Scott 45a, Minkus 52, SG 27, Imperforate 1919-1920 Hradcany Prague
  Canal Zone 18b vs. 20
  Home Made Album Page Prototype - Thoughts / Suggestions?
  Rocky Mountain Stamp Show 2018
  Is this unusual ... ...?

  I would love to buy this but..... the postage cost!
  Anthony's LLC Disminal PF Report Card = Follow Up to 10/23/17 Discussion
  Need Binder for Davo Pages
  Quick question for Steiner Page Binders
  Paying 70% of Scott - ripped off?
  US precancels with full state names
  Help with old greek postcard
  Stamps cancelled with pen squiggles
  Australian Historic Homesteads - Prepaid Envelopes 1988
  Turkey in Asia Overprints
  Collecting by Engraver
  The Stamps of Australia : On Steiner Pages.
  Program or software for cancels
  Japanese Translation Please.
  A new test stamp variety?
  New, free online The Foreign Mail Cancellations Handbook
  Bare Feet on Stamps ' , ' , ' , '
  Your self designed album pages
  What Did You Do Philatelically: Today or Recently?
  Ebay Lot So Bad I Am Speechless
  Perhaps the most absurd eBay lot of all time
  Formosa (?) Help Please
  Oldest American-published stamp album?
  How would I start / continue to identify this 10 cent Jefferson?
  Damaged Stamp Grading

Go to Top of Page
Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2018 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2005 - 2018 Coin Community Forums
It took 0.61 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05