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Thread: Olfa rotary cutter - must use Olfa mat?

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    Junior Member quiltnmore's Avatar
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    I just read the back of my new Olfa rotary cutter that you must also use their self-healing mat with it. I already have several mats and wonder if anyone has had problems with the blades or mats by NOT using the Olfa mat also?

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    I don't have any issues. Just use the mats I have, and works fine. They probably just want to sell you a mat too!

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    The blade doesn't know the difference.

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    they just want you to buy THEIR products--use mine with other mats all the time!

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    just another gimmic to make you buy there products

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    I dont. They are just wanting you to buy their products.

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    I really don't think it makes a difference on the brand of mats used. I use my Olfa cutter with a Megamat cutting mat and they work perfectly fine!

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    Same thing as using a generic blade in the cutter - they want you to use Olfa blades but I use generics and have never had a problem. It is just an advertising tactic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by litacats
    just another gimmic to make you buy there products
    Just use what ever mat you have available. You will be better cutting results with new, not dull, blades. Cheap blades can be found at Harbor Freight. They're used in carpet cutters. Please note, to be very very careful with the blades. They come packed in oil so you'll need to wash and wipe them carefully before using to cut fabric. Also IMHO I think they are much sharper and last longer than the blades made for our sewing rotary cutters. So be very very careful to avoid cutting yourself.

    Also there are several different blade sharpeners that help to extend the life of a blade. I have had good results with using one until I found out about the cheap blades at HF.

    Check out the different topic threads on cutting mats. It's important to keep the clean and refreshed.

    Pam M

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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    I have olfa, use other matts though

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    The blade doesn't know the difference.

    This is so true!

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    I have a Olfa and use a mat, not Olfa, that I purchased years and years ago, no problems at all.

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    I have an Olfa cutter, Harbor Freight blades, and a non-Olfa mat. They haven't complained once! :D

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    Your blades actually last longer if you use them with the same brand of mat. They're designed to work together. Some brands of mats do dull blades faster.

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    The only difference in the blades are the center cut out. The blades are all made from the same metal. Some are coated with teflon like the Gingher blades. A titanium blade will last for years but will cost a house payment. LOL. Mats are either hard surface or self healing. I prefer the hard surface but use both types. Don't fret over stuff like this, you'll go nuts. Just use what you like and forget it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    The blade doesn't know the difference.
    Exactly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl
    I have olfa, use other matts though
    Same here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariposa
    I don't have any issues. Just use the mats I have, and works fine. They probably just want to sell you a mat too!
    100% Agree :)

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