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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.

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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

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Posted 01/13/2018   12:27 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings 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.
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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.
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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.

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Don,

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

Jack Kelley
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