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Old 04-30-2013, 05:03 PM
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I have Olfa's, Fiskar's and a Grace True Cut Rotary Cutter. I use my true cut one all the time, it is so much easier on my hands. I love it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:14 PM
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Martelli cutter. I can cut all day without discomfort in my wrist. I've worn one out and now downgraded that to use on paper. Replaced it with a new one. I had one of the first ones that came out and it lasted for years.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:53 PM
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I have the Martelli cutters and Love them. I hurt my wrist and had to switch hands, as I can cut with both, so I now have the left and right hand cutters.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DeneK View Post
I LOVE my Martelli! Thought it might take some getting used to, but it didn't. Mine is a 45 and I want to get a 60 also. All of the Martelli products are a bit pricey but my rotary cutter was worth every penny. I really, really want one of the Martelli cutting boards, but that will have to wait. Just can't justify in my budget right now.
I have a bunch of different ones but I do like my Martelli45 a lot. The way you hold it you don't get ruler movement, which is good. I t makes you hold it up straight. My others I seem to want to hold it to the right side which pushes the ruler away from it. Hope that makes sense.lo
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:52 PM
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I have Olfa and Fiskers. I always seem to grab my Olfa. Blade is covered when you release handle. I notice most people in my guild use Olfa. I have all the different sizes and the wavy blade for cutting fleece but that just my opinion.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:00 PM
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My dear husband surprised me at Christmas with a ton of Martelli rulers, the Martelli mat and the Martelli 45 rotary cutter. It took a little practice to learn to use the Martelli cutter but now I love it so much that he bought me the 60 and it is even easier to use. BUT...I got a HUGE lecture last weekend when he found the cutter on the table without the safety cover engaged. It's too easy for me to lay the cutter down and forget that it is there and as he said, would be very easy to seriously cut myself. That is the only problem that I have with the cutter and it's a user issue instead of a product issue. If you use one, remember to always engage the safety cover because it is so easy to lay the cutter down in a position that could really hurt someone. That being said, I LOVE my Martelli rotary cutters!
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:49 PM
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I have used the Fiskar, Olfa, and the Martelli rotary cutters. I love my Martelli. Comfortable and the blades last longer than the other brands. Also have the Martelli cutting mat. Have used it on my cutting table for four years and it looks like new! All the other mats I have had got scored, chipped, and brittle with daily use.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by sarahspins View Post
You should easily be able to cut through that with a sharp blade - I do it all the time when I am cutting out strips because of how I fold my fabric, . You can, with some effort, cut through about 10 layers with a 45mm blade (and a 60mm isn't much easier), but I wouldn't suggest it if you are cutting out a lot... the repetition with that much force gets very tiring - it's much easier to make more cuts with less effort. It's more of a challenge to hold your ruler steady on a stack of 10 fabrics than to actually cut the material though.
Perfect. Thanks for the help. I doubt I will EVER try to cut through 10 layers but I may look into a 60mm in the future.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:07 AM
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I have both fiskars and olfa cutters of different styles. I have also worked with a wide variety of other brands. The one I like best is the olfa 45 size ergonomic one that locks. The ones that you have to put pressure on to get the blade to come out and cut also wears my hands out. It feels like my hand is cutting the fabric not the blade. Some of the fiskars the blade looses up or pops off or the lock disengages. I have never had that problem with the olfa. Size wise 45 is what I usually use but as I get better at cutting stacks of fabric, I will most likely invest in a 60 size. Some people like the small ones for cutting curves and circles. But since I don't do that yet, I haven't purchased one.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:45 AM
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I have a Martelli rotary cutter. It is the best I've ever had and helps my hands since I have problems with carpel tunnell.
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