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Tonic Studios 806 Mini Rotary Perforator
- Fold away rotary blade for safe storage and portability
- Perfect for everyday crafting and scrapbooking tasks
- After perforating, fold on line to make it easier to tear
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The Mini Rotary Perforator is perfect for everyday crafting and scrapbooking tasks. The 18mm rotary blade folds away for safe storage and portability. With paper on a protective cutting mat, simply press down and pull for best cutting performance. After perforating, fold the paper along the perforated line to make it easier to tear.
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It's much smaller than I thought it would be, about the size of a USB thumb drive (I've added some photos to show size), but not so small it's hard to control. It folds up like a pocket knife so the blade isn't exposed.
The tool works smoothly and easily on a wide variety of materials from regular copy paper, vinyl decals, cardstock, thin laser gloss stock, medium density cardboard, foam board, pretty much everything I tried it on worked well with the exception of corrugated cardboard - simply because the cutting edge wasn't tall enough to go deep into the corrugated section.
Other reviews mention it is difficult to get it to work on cardstock - simply put the work on top of a piece of thin cardboard (priority mail box works well) and it easily perforates even the heaviest cardstock.
Also, others say they can't get it to work against a ruler - use a taller straight edge or level, or I use my mat cutting straight edge and run the plastic edge of the cutter against the straight edge for perfect accuracy. For regular cuts that can be off by a tiny bit, I put my ruler 1/8" away from the line I'm perforating as a visual guide, then draw the perforating tool towards you.
Someone mentioned it worked better pulling towards you instead of away - of course it does, all cutting tools are designed to be pulled towards you.
I've used it on 100 heavy cardstock tickets and the blade is still sharp as when I started. Controlling it and running a straight line is very easy.
My only complaint would be the color - wish it was bright yellow or something, it's so tiny I'll have a hard time finding it in my tool drawer when I need it again in a few months.
The tiny blades are very sharp and will cut through a variety of materials (several sheets of paper, cardstock, vinyl, photo paper, etc). Place a piece of cardboard underneath your project to protect your work surface. To keep a straight line, use a ruler as your guide (I like to use a thin metal ruler). The perforator works best when pulling the rotary cutter toward you, rather than pushing it away from you.
The cutting blade folds up into the handle for safe storage. Measuring just 2-1/4" long when folded, this mini perforator is perfect for taking to art classes or art retreats.
This thing kind of blows for $8 and it doesn't come with replacement blades. Look elsewhere.
Seller shipped quickly, however. So if you need something in a pinch? I'd still get something made of metal for my next project.