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Old 02-20-2012, 05:55 AM
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My old cutting mat is worn out. So I need to get a new one. Thought I would check with all of you first. Which one do you like best?
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:22 AM
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i love my olfas and won't buy any other brand. i have 3 different sizes. they are definitely worth the price.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:30 AM
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I agree with Nancy. I soak mine every 6 months in a tub of warm water. Seems to extend the life quite a bit.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:36 AM
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I think I have had very brand out there .. the one that seems to last longest is Olfa. ... Do be forwarded that if the mat you purchase was recently taken out of the box from the manufacture... It will SMELL. They do take awhile to air out before the smell goes away completlely.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:09 AM
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I really like Olfa.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:21 AM
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I like my Fiskars because of the lines on both sides including 1/8" marks on the edgeand dots at the quarters - to line up my rulers to for cutting and for trimming blocks- but I don't know how long it will last. It is thicker than my Olfa
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:02 AM
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I'm all for the Martelli mat. It has lasted longer than any other mat I've ever used. One friend says she doesn't have to change her rotary blade as often due to using the Martelli mat. I think she is correct.

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Old 02-20-2012, 08:06 AM
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I have used my cutting mat for over 15 years and was thinking that I needed to get a new one. Then I saw on a F&P video that you could turn it over and use the other side. Voila! A brand new side. Mine does not have the lines on that side but I never used them that much anyhow as I use my ruler more. Just an idea to maybe give you a bit more life from yours. Mine still had the sticker on the back side which clearly stated that both sides could be used!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Maureen View Post
I agree with Nancy. I soak mine every 6 months in a tub of warm water. Seems to extend the life quite a bit.
I wipe mine firmly with a very wet cloth after each use. And scrape the surface with a bread bag tag monthly. I like my Fiskars.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:06 AM
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I also use the green Olfas, but my first mat (not sure what brand) was grey with orange lines. I had problems seeing those lines! I don't use the lines for actual measuring (I use the lines on the ruler instead), but I do for rough measuring or for lining up the fabric. Whatever brand you get, be sure you can see the lines.
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