|Item Weight||8 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||18 x 12 x 0.2 inches|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||GBM1218|
|Material Type||Not Applicable|
|Number of Items||1|
|Size||18L x 12W inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||GBM1218|
Alvin Professional Self-Healing Cutting Mat, 12" x 18", Green/Black (GBM1218)
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- Extra durable
- General purpose work mat
- Hanging hole for convenient storage
- Thickness: 3mm
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Alvin & Company is a well-known importer, manufacturer and distributor of graphic arts, drafting, fine art, office, and craft products.
Since 1950, Alvin has been one of the primary sources for drafting supplies and drawing equipment. We are a national wholesaler who sells through an extensive range of authorized retailers throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas. We strive to meet the needs of multiple markets with our expanding range of fine art, hobby and craft supplies, our large selection of drawing room furniture, our wide assortment of exclusively-designed products, and our distribution of numerous national brands.
These self-healing and reversible cutting mats are 3mm thick and extra durable. Made from a unique composite vinyl material designed for both rotary blades and straight utility blades, they provide a long-lasting, non-glare surface that can be cut and slashed constantly without showing marks or cutting lines. Can also be used as a desk blotter or general-purpose work mat. Hanging hole for convenient storage. Find the perfect center on any project with zero centering lines. Cutting mat is green on one side, black on the other, both sides with grid lines. 12 inches x 18 inches .
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To my surprise, the Alvin mat turned out to be much thicker and and there was an annoying drop when the cutter reached the ridge between them. I also found that the Alvin mat was truly self-healing while my Fiskars mat was filled with gouges. The quality of the Alvin mat was so good that I ordered another in the exact same size and now have a nice large cutting surface that is also easy to store.
Pros: (my mat)doesn't smell
Cons: warped to the 100th power
I must first say that I have never owned a cutting mat. My mother has been sewing for most of her life and I can't remember her ever having one, either. So, I didn't really know what to shop for, only that I needed one to cover most of the surface of my work table.
I purchased the Alvin Cutting Mat first for the size to price ratio (it was significantly cheaper than other brands of the same size), second for the self-healing capabilities, and third for the stellar reviews it had received. After using it for two weeks, I am happy to report that it is everything others have claimed and I am extremely pleased with it. I was initially intrigued by the two-sided feature. As far as I can tell, there is no difference in the sides other than color, so I use the green for vinyl and the black for fabric. I have cut on the mat with various blades and each time the cut disappears in seconds. It looks good as new every time I use it. I'm not sure how long this will last, as I tend to cut vinyl very often, but I am pleased thus far with the results. As for cleaning, I have used a damp cloth to wipe it down once, but for the most part it stays pretty clean with the type of work that I do on it. I am not concerned about the mat keeping its shape (mine is left flat on the table 24/7), but if I do put it away at some point, I'll be storing it flat as well; the mat isn't flimsy but seems like it could possibly warp if not hung up or stored flat.
Overall, I believe this has been my best recent Amazon purchase. The mat was delivered in a large flat box to prevent bending and the packaging was sufficient. I plan to use this mat for a long time.
I don’t know the chemistry behind these 'self healing' mats but I've had mine for about 3 yrs and have had no issues until I moved from a warm / hot environment (Phoenix / Vegas) to a very mild locale (San Francisco). During the move from Vegas (summer time) I rolled this up and set it outside for a few minutes; in that time the sun totally made this soft as string which gave me the idea for my fix.
Upon offloading in san fran, this mat was stiff as a board! I tried using a hair dryer and space heater to make it pliable w/out luck (though I was able to get it to unroll.) I then ordered a heat gun: https://www.amazon.com/Wagner-0503008-HT1000-200-watt-Heat/dp/B00004TUCV/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1472322852&sr=1-2&keywords=heat+gun
It took some time on high heat (so as not to melt the mat) and several dumb bell weights to flatten while cooling, but I was able to get it to lay flat again. In Phoenix I didn't have any issues with the malleability; even during the winter it was soft and flexible. But here in San Fran (add colder climates) this thing is very rigid (see pics before/after; in phoenix the after pic mat would have been draping over the table - not firm holding a ridge.
Btw, that heat gun is one the best $20 purchases I've ever made; this mat is right up there with those purchases!