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Old 07-09-2017, 01:00 PM
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I picked up a couple of 28mm Olfa rotary cutting tools, brand new for $10 . I usually use the 45mm Olfa and blades but I wondered why. I am only using the blade edge and I am cutting through the same 4 layers of fabric, so what does it matter? The smaller blades are less expensive to buy as well. Am I crazy or does this make sense?
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Interesting question. I bought the smaller one as it was recommended for a curvy design I was planning to try. Have not used that cutter yet. If it feels as stable in your hand and you get good results with it, why not switch to using it all the time??
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The 28mm will make more revolutions than the 45mm to cut the same distance. Seems like the 28mm would get dull faster.
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Old 07-09-2017, 01:56 PM
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I feel it does get dull faster, it deviates slightly in the track of the large June Taylor cutting mat and it is more tiring on large cuts. I love mine, but only for curves. It was invaluable when I did a Drunkard's Path using a ruler with curved slits.
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i feel that the larger blade has more surface to ride along the ruler, so easier to keep straight.
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It would get dull faster but lately my 45mm have been getting dull faster then they used to. I will have to see if the lower price for the blades off sets having to replace them more often.
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If your blade is getting dull faster maybe it's time to replace your cutting mat?
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Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
If your blade is getting dull faster maybe it's time to replace your cutting mat?
...How true!
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I do 99% of my cutting with a 28mm cutter, the rest with a 60mm. The small one gives me more accurate cuts, it hugs the ruler perfectly, and I can cut for hours with no hand/wrist fatigue. I only use the large one for full width cuts. I think you'll really like your new 28mm cutter, Tartan.
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I use my 28mm Olfa ergonomic cutter way more than my 45mm. I like the way it fits in my hand better than the larger one so I have less hand fatigue when doing a lot of cutting. I haven't really noticed if the blade gets dull faster than my 45mm but I'm one who has to be vigilant about not pushing too hard or I'll dull any blade faster as well as putting deep cuts in my mat. I really have to pay attention to that.

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