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Thread: 45 mm blades or 60 mm?

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    I am using the 60 mm blades in my rotaty cutter. I'm learning many people prefer the 45 mm blades. What do you prefer and why?

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    The 45mm blades are more readily available in my area, so I use that size.

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    45--I have more control, I think!

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    Thank you...that little boy is a cutie!

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    I use both. But I prefer the 60mm only because the handle is the right size for my Big hands.

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    45 mm is what I use the most often but I have one in every except the 60 mm. I am told the 60 mm is great when you cut more layers but I like the accuracy of cutting single layers (just me) so I never bothered to get one.

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    I feel I have more control, too. I won't cut more than 4 layers at a time to make sure the cut is accurate so a 60 wouldn't be necessary for me.

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    I never thought about the control aspect of the blades. Someone sold me a 60 mm rotary cutter a few years back, so that is what I used without thinking about the control. I think I'll get a 45 mm and try it out. Sometimes a 60 mm blade does present control issues. Thanks everyone!

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    I had always used a 45, then someone gave me a 60 and I started using it. Couldn't find it quickly one day and grabbed the 45-it felt very strange going back to the 45. I now use whichever one is handy.

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    I prefer the 60mm for most uses because it is easier to cut through multiple layers. I found, though, that it does not fit particularly well into the shape-cut rulers, so I will change to a 45mm for that type of cutting.

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    Good info! Thanks

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    I have a 45mm cutter so that solves the problem for me. However, I also have a 28mm for small pieces and inside the curved template where the 45 won't fit.

    If I bought another cutter, I would look more at the ergonomic use (I have wrist problems) to make sure I get the best to help with my issues.

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    I prefer 60mm I don't have to use much pressure when cutting!!!

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    I like to use my 45mm blade, I feel more in control. The 60mm blade makes me feel like I'm, "running with scissors".


    :D :D

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    I have used a 60 mm blade for over a year and really preferr it over the 45mm. I can cut more layers and feel comfortable doing so.

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    I have all three sizes.. Just depends on what Im cutting that determines which one I grab for..

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    Price of the blades would make a difference too. i use a 45mm 95% of the time.

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    I'm a 60 mm blade gal. I have long fingers and the 45 just isn't comfortable. I just feel more in control with the larger grip on the cutter.

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    Would the 60 mm would be more economical to use since it can cut more fabric? I like to use the 60mm whenever possible.

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    I have the Martelli cutter and that is what the original cutter uses. I believe they now have a 60mm but I like my 45mm.

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    Most of the time I use the 45mm blades. I use the 60 for cutting heavier fabrics and fleece fabrics. I use the smaller ones (18mm and 25mm) for cutting around the arm holes and necklines on patterns. They all serve a purpose.

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    I use 60 for cutting batting. Prefer 45 for fabric because to me they are more managable.

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    I use the 60, 45 and 28mm depending on what I am working on.

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    Have both but never touch the 60...seems to big and bulky so 45 for me

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    I noticed you're in Western KY. So am I, so where are you? I'm in Owensboro.

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