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Thread: Fiskers vs Olfa Rotating Mat

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    Fiskers vs Olfa Rotating Mat

    I am going to purchase one of these rotating mats. So, all you seasoned quilters, which one is best? Anyone have either one of these? Thanks in advance for your comments.

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    i have two Olfa ones and love them. can't say anything about the Fiscars one. never saw it.

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    I have both, I like the Olfa the best, my Fiscars, is a 6 or 7 inch, really like both my 12 and 17 inch Olfa's

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    I have a Fiscars... the cutting surface seems a bit hard , and does not seem to self heal as well as the Olfa.

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    Lori is right about the Fiskars surface. It is NOT the same self-healing substance as the Olfa and can dull your blades much more quickly. Olfa was the original, used for years in the engineering trade, and is still the best, in my opinion.

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    Olfa products are better than fiskars IMHO
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    I prefer the OLFA, use it all the time for cutting and trimming blocks
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    I prefer Olfa, but bought the Fiskars because of the price. I figured when the top needed replacing, I'd replace the top with a piece of an Olfa mat.

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    I have the Olfa - I got lucky and used one of JoAnn's coupons. BUT, I forget it turns and end up turning the piece anyhow. Old habits . . ..

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    Just bought a Fiskars 24"x26" cutting board. Hopefully it won't dull my blades!!! Also bought a Fiskars rotating board which I LOVE! Got both with 50% and 40% off coupons at Joann's!

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    I have the Olfa rotating mat and have been disappointed that it hasn't held up as well as my bigger Olfa mats, even though it gets far less use.

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    I have one of the original Olfa turntables. I've had it for at least 15 years. They still carry it here:
    http://www.quilthouse.net/shop/produ...house-spinner/

    It is a heavy, sturdy turntable with ball bearings. Not cheap, plus you need to buy the mat, but it is much sturdier and easier to turn than the current olfa/fiskars versions. If the mat ever wears out, you just replace it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Lori is right about the Fiskars surface. It is NOT the same self-healing substance as the Olfa and can dull your blades much more quickly. Olfa was the original, used for years in the engineering trade, and is still the best, in my opinion.

    Jan in VA
    Ditto that!!!

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    I have the olfa 12 inch and I love it .
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    I have the Olfa 12" and 17" and although I use them a lot, they don't show any signs of wear yet. I'm so surprised! I really like them - especially the 17" one.
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    I never could really see the sense of a special rotating mat. I have a separate 12" X 18" Olfa mat that I lay on top of my cutting table mat and just turn it if I need to. Simple.
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    Thanks for the replies. I purchased the Olfa. Will be using it on my next quilt project.

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