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    Okay, so we have Olfa, Dritz, Fiskars and more. Yesterday at the Pacific International Quilt Fest, everyone was ordering the Martelli ergonomically correct rotary cutter. What's your favorite and why?

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    I am a creature of habit, so Olfa is the rotary cutter I always reach for. I have a Fiskars 60mm that I will also use.

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    I have several and use the Fiskars more than the others. I like the way it fits in my hand.

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    tried martelli- wasnt crazy about it, im lefty, and the blade was wobbly, ill stick to my plain old straight olfa. And buy my blades 2@$1.99 at harbor freight, they are carpet cutting blades, they do the same job as the olfa n fiskars, but one can afford them at $1.00 each to throw them away!
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    Love Love Love my Martelli rotary cutter--only use it! I can cut for hours with it and it doesn't make my hand hurt at all, like other ones do. LOVE their blades too! THey are the VERY best!!!

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    I have a few diff brands also, Martello also (do not like it at all) and I end up going to my very first beat up fiskars.

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    I love my Olfa that closes automatically when I let go of the handle. I have three other makes, but they all require me to physically put on the safety catch. The Olfa is the safest in my opinion.

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    Love my Olfa quick change cutter

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    I love my Olfa.

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    i love my olfa self-closing cutter. i love not having to remember to close it every time i lay it down. it is very comfortable

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    Add me to the olfa lovers.

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    My Martelli is my favorite but you have to use the right type of blades in it--the Olfa type make it wobble--Fiskars will work. The reason the Martelli is my favorite is because I can control it easier and it doesn't tire my hand & shoulder out like my Olfa's do. I only have the 45mm version of the Martelli so I switch to the Olfa 60mm to square up quilts and cut batting. For long cutting sessions--you can't beat a properly maintained Martelli. For quick jobs--whichever one I find first in my mess will work--LOL!

    katz--There is a lefty version of the Martelli. Red is for righties--black is for lefties. Which one did you try? Also, did it have the correct type blade in it? I actually cracked one of the Olfa blades in mine because of the wobble problem when using the wrong type.

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    Like lacelady, I love the Olfa that automatically retracts. Much safer and fits my hand well.

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    I have used nothing but Olfa since they first came out. I am sure there are other ones just as good, but my Olfa cutters have always served me well, and my feeling is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    I have several and use the Fiskars more than the others. I like the way it fits in my hand.
    What she ^^ said ....

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    I have I think every brand, shape, color, and size of rotary cutters. I use them all, which ever one is laying closest to me when I need it. I get several every year in my Christmas stocking. When family knows you quilt they buy what they see me use. I guess they think I wear them out and need new ones every year. LOL.

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    Martelli is my favorite but, like everyone, I have an assortment.

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    The Martelli cutter is my hand's down favorite!!!!

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    The Martelli ergonomically correct rotary cutter for right handed.

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    I like both Olfa and Martelli. It takes a learning curve to use the Martelli but it works instead of you making it do the work. Pretty effortless to use. Olfa's have the 60mm blade and I like using a large cutter.

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    Olfa quick change. Have all of them but this is my favorite.

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    love my Olfa (the ergonomical one)it was pricey.......I have not tried any others but it is easy to change, the blade can be used for a lefty or righty and it is very comfy in my hand.
    I am new to quilting and bought all my "big ticket items" one at a time with a Joann's 50% off coupon, I sure did make a lot of trips!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katz_n_kwiltz
    tried martelli- wasnt crazy about it, im lefty, and the blade was wobbly, ill stick to my plain old straight olfa. And buy my blades 2@$1.99 at harbor freight, they are carpet cutting blades, they do the same job as the olfa n fiskars, but one can afford them at $1.00 each to throw them away!
    good luck
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    They do make a left-handed Martelli. You might want to try one next time.

    If my finger joints weren't so damaged I'd still be using my Martelli. Now I use whatever fits my hands and isn't hard to work with.
    ali

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    When I first started quilting (without Mom's help), I bought a three piece set - ruler, mat and rotary cutter - Olfa. That was about 12 years ago. Am using a different mat, but the same ruler and rotary cutter - at this point I see no use in changing, mainly because I am so used to the Olfa that when Ole does go, I'll get another one! I think after that amount of years, your rotary cutter does not fit your hand, your hand fits the cutter. Edie

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    well since I only have one... its Fiskars.

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