|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|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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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.
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!
I still have nothing but great things to say about this mat...I did notice the price has gone up on it, but I would expect that as nothing stays the same price year to year...I have had no problems butting the 2 mats together to make for one large cutting surface. I did put some of the rubberized shelf lining one can purchase from the dollar store under them as an added "help" in making sure they don't slide around while I am cutting...the 1st board I bought is almost 2 years old, and I must say the surface of it is still in great shape! I would consider myself pretty heavy duty into quilting...I use the mat probably every couple of days, and when I use it, I use it...So, summing up, I still highly recommend this mat. I also say even with the price increase, it is a bargain if you compare the cost of an Olfa mat to it...
Update: June 14, 2011- I just ordered a 2nd mat, not because the 1st one is worn out, but because the price is too good to pass up, and I can put them together to have a really big cutting area. The 1st mat I ordered does have some areas where it is obvious that I cut at that measurement often, but it has had no impact on how the mat works. I also compared this mat with Fiskars and Olfa brand mats, and this mat is much thicker, more pliable, and has not remotely warped on me. I use this mat a lot with my quilting, it is a great size, and so far has held up wonderfully! The price is much better than other brands, same size mat surface. Having the black side as well as the green also comes in handy. I just received my 2nd mat, and it is just as good as the 1st one, and most importantly has no chemical odor! Highly recommend this mat!
Pros: (my mat)doesn't smell
Cons: warped to the 100th power
Expected/Actual Arrival: Nov. 18. 2015 (Prime)
So far this cutting mat has been living up to my expectations and has not gotten damages by the blade of the exacto blade. In the image I was able to cut out 17 images and there still was no slits or cuts from said blade.
There are no downsides to this that I can say and see, it is a very nice mat. I would 10/10 recommend this to friends and family.
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