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Fiskars 12 Inch ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer (100580-1001)
- Ideal for making straight, precise cuts through multiple sheets of cardstock, chipboard and grunge board, plus more traditional crafting materials like paper and vellum
- Dual-rail system eliminates blade wiggle for straight, precise cuts.
- Spring-action rotary bypass blade stays sharp so it never needs to be replaced
- Folding design provides space-saving storage and transport
- Lifetime warranty
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Fiskars ProCision Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle for straight, perfectly precise cuts. As a bonus, it cuts a wide range of thick materials. Additional innovations include a spring-action rotary bypass blade that stays sharp and never needs to be replaced, a built-in smudge guard, grid line measurements on the top and bottom so you can use the base to your left or right, a top-quality work surface for long-lasting performance and a convenient folding design to take up less space during storage and transport.
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In actuality i have found it very sturdy and exceeded my (low) expectations of a manual paper trimmer, it made perfectly straight cuts especially when moving the cutting head towards the body, however when moving the cutting head away from your body (when the cutting mechanism is on your right hand side) the cut is straight but not perfect, i.e their seems to be a slight slippage of the blade - for want of a better expression. Their seems to be tiny paper tears rather than cuts on the underside of the paper / card you cut, hardly enough to notice unless you look hard. This occurs only in one direction and another reviewer had mentioned this minor flaw and i can confirm it is evident in my experiments. Hopefully the manufacturer may know of a way to fix this tiny flaw in a future design or manufacturing revision, although it may be due to the angle of hand pressure which i will have a look at.
So, when i need a perfect cut i tend to pull the blade towards me which requires only a trivial amount of extra time and process to achieve, but it does add up. This small flaw unfortunately prevents me from giving the cutter 5 stars, which is what i would have liked to give it due to the quality of the build and thought given to the design especially the dual rail system and self sharpening mechanism, the ability to make a precision lie up of where the cut will take place and the lack of need to replace the cutting mat or blade - i.e, no replaceable's. With reference to it's minor flaw i still regard it nonetheless a standout manual cutter (best i have owned) that i am happy to have bought and which was shipped quickly with thoughtful packaging to protect the trimmer.
But I like to cut my 12x12 paper down to 6x12 and I thought that this would save me alot of time, since it will go through 4-5 sheets of printed cardstock at a time. Well there is a number "6" labeled on the mat but there isn't a tick mark for it so you figure that you should line it up with the edge of the mat. The 6 inch mark is on one side of the gap that everyone keeps talking about. FYI: There are no lines, tick marks, references, etc. in the gap to help you figure out where 5 3/4 is and if you line it up with the edge of the mat where you think that the 6in is suppose to be it cuts your paper 1/8 inch too big. You end up with one piece of paper that is 6 1/8 and one that is 5 7/8. That little bit doesn't seem like much unless you are making a 6in book or something. So just beware of that! I actually had amazon take mine back because of the the nick in the blade but I didn't get an exchange because Im not really sure if I can deal with not knowing exactly where 6in is.
The other issue is that if you want to cut little strips, like 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches you need to use the right side of the cutter. While that should be fine you should know that the right side of the blades mat is actually lower than the left side by 1/4 inch. The 1/4 in and 1/2 lines lie 1/4 below your paper so you need to eyeball it from above. Once you get past the 1/2 in mark there is a ruler at the top and bottom of the cutting mat that is level with your paper and allows you to line it up there and eyeball it. With that said the measurements are still really precise. 3/4in is 3/4 inch. All the marks on the mat are really clear and and right on the money. I used my Tim Holtz ruler to measure and they all lined up with it!
So This is great for alot of general cuts and will cut lots of paper and construction paper but for smaller cuts under 3/4in I would get a smaller cutter. If you can live with not knowing right where 6in is and don't make many 6in cuts than this is an awesome cutter and you don't have to worry about little fingers either.
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