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Thread: Does anyone use blade sharpeners?

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    Cool Does anyone use blade sharpeners?

    There are some pricy blade sharpeners on the market. Had anyone tried to sharpen rotary cutting blades and had any success? Inquiring minds.......

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    I use the blue one that you put the blade in and turn it to sharpen the blade. It does sharpen nicely but it will not take out nicks. I don't think any of them can do that as you would have to sharpen down below that nick.

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    I have three - none work
    I probably wait too long; they might work if I used regularly.

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    I use the blue one too. It sharpens but not like new. I take it to classes with me. Other have used it too and liked it.
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    Yes, I use them and they work well. As soon as you see it's not cutting smoothly, sharpen the blade. Some people simply press harder on the blade to get it to cut but that isn't good for your mat. Sharpen when it needs it and you'll be very happy with the sharpener.
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    Yes use the blue one too and agree it does a fair job; I also think I wait too long.
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    I've never used one but I'm thinking about investing. I've got a mound of dull blades that need sharpening. I just keep saving them though. Eventually I'll get enough that it will warrant a sharpener. Also, I remember someone a while back that bought one of the deluxe models. I think she loved it.
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    Mine must be really old because it is green. Someone posted that you need to put 'power' into it as you twist. I am not able to do that, so it is useless to me.
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    I think I have tried every blade sharpener out there... none get it as sharp as I would like. So I stopped looking for what must be like finding "water in the desert".

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    I use the tru cut sharpener, it really helps extend the life of the blade.

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    I thought about getting the electric model. I only have use of one arm/hand so the blue wouldn't work for me. A dull blade is so much more work. I think if I had the electric model I would sharpen regularly. In fact I take surveys for extra money. I get "points" and then when I have enough points I redeem them for a gift card. I think with the next one I'm going to get one.

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    I use the blue one and it helps a little.
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    i have the blue one also and would have to agree it helps but is not like new
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    I have the electric tru cut model - It is a little pricey (but I looked until I found it on sale), but it does help extend my blade life. I figure if I can get 2-3 more uses out of each blade, then it is well worth it.

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    I actually wore the sandpaper out on the blue one. It worked if there were no nicks. I replaced my blue one with the Orbitol sharpener which was over twice as much as the blue one and doesn't seem to work as well but there is less chance of cutting your fingers with it. Re-sharpened blades are only about 3/4"s as good as a new blade if you manage to get a good edge. Sometimes they just won't sharpen no matter how many turns you use.
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    I have the blue one too and have felt satisfied with the sharpening that it gives me. And I'm using the Harbor Freight Blades as well, so a good cost savings all around.

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    I purchased the blade sharpener online. I make 10-12 quilts a year. I use one blade for batting only
    and the others I sharpen after every queen sized equivalent quilt. I found that if I wait until the third quilt it
    was too long. I also found that different makers of blades seem to have different weights of steel blades . So
    the cheaper ones just need to be sharpened more often

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    I started out using the blue twisty one and that works to put a quick edge on it, but I bought the electric true-sharp a few month ago and like that a lot better. It really puts a new edge on if you di it right and not just spiff up the edges like the other. Of course it costs more too.
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    I won a TrueCut blade sharpener. I love it, it really does work.

    Quote Originally Posted by institches33 View Post
    There are some pricy blade sharpeners on the market. Had anyone tried to sharpen rotary cutting blades and had any success? Inquiring minds.......

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    I also have a Truecut sharpener and love it. I will save enough to pay the price tag by the reduced number of new blades I will need to buy. I also sharpen blades for others at $1 per blade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka9sdn View Post
    I use the blue one that you put the blade in and turn it to sharpen the blade. It does sharpen nicely but it will not take out nicks. I don't think any of them can do that as you would have to sharpen down below that nick.
    This I agree helps prolong the life somewhat. Nothing like a new blade in the cutter though.
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    I just like cutting a little bit of sand paper, sharpens the blades ok. or Sullivans rulers wit the cutting edge, those are real nice!!
    katz

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonieM View Post
    I have the electric tru cut model - It is a little pricey (but I looked until I found it on sale), but it does help extend my blade life. I figure if I can get 2-3 more uses out of each blade, then it is well worth it.
    I saw that one online just today. I was wondering if it was worth the money. Thanks for posting!
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    I am going to try one I'll have to look online and see what brand that blue one is the only one available here is at wally world the orange one but those are the blades i have to buy been wondering about it for some time

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    Ok I know what the blue one is ebay has the power tru one from 47.00- to 87.00 range is $47 to expensive??

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