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Thread: Box Cutters

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    Junior Member pattilynn's Avatar
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    I have (probably) a very crazy question. Has anyone ever used a box cutter to cut fabric rather than a rotary cutter? Seems like they would be really sharp and not nearly as expensive.

    Like I said a very crazy question

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    I've not tried it. Not sure it would move thru the mat as easily. Let us know if you try it. You can be the guinea pig!(O:

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    seems to me like it would pull on the fabric.

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    There may be too much drag, distorting the cuts :wink:

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    seems to me it would slice through the mat pretty easily. It has a different pressure to cut fabrics with I am guessing.

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    I would agree with amma. It would be like cutting with a very sharp knife - not smooth cuts.

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    I wouldn't even try it. Too much risk.

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    If one was desperate enough I suppose it might work. But so could an ordinary single edge razor blade. Just not very convenient.

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    I don't see how you could line the box cutter up with the ruler to get an accurate cut.
    And the box cutter might even damage the ruler.
    Not to mention the mat.
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    Do not recommensd it. A rotary cutter moves across the fabric cutting it. A box cutter would move against the fabric by its very nature and pull it.

    I would tear the fabric before I would even think about using a box cutter.

    Besides, why reinvent a wheel that isn't broken?

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    I use a utility knife (aka box cutter) to cut mat board (for framing art) on an old rotary cutting mat. The knife is thicker than a rotary cutter blade and leaves a deeper, wider less healing cut in the cutting mat. So even if it would work on the fabric, which it probably wouldn't, it would definitely ruin your mat. You could always go back to scissors if the rotary cutter is too expensive. Many of us used them for years! :D

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    your mats are more expensive than replacement blades for your rotary cutters...so just don't go there! you will be very sad to ruin your mat...unless of course you try it on a regular cutting board. i have tried to cut applique shapes (with paper back fusable attached) with my craft knife (xacto knife) it did not go well at all! i thought the same as you...it would be easier...WRONG!

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    I sure wouldn't try it. If you take care of your rotary cutter and blade it shouldn't be that expensive. I would hate to ruin a expensive fabric because I didn't use a rotary cutter...

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    You can only pull on the box cutter and you can't push on it like you would a rotary cutter so I wouldn't reccmnend it either. Besides the blade is fatter on a box cutter and it would make a mess and make deep gouges on you mat. Take care, Huggies, Fay

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    I had thought about that at one time, however, it would appear to me that it would pull the fabric.
    I had even thought of a pizza cutter at one time, not sure about that one, I think the blade would be too wide

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    Thanks for all the opinions. I haven't tried it and now I don't think I will. I guess that kind of thinking happens real late at night.

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