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Old 09-20-2018, 07:03 AM
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I had to dig out my 28mm Fiskar rotary cutter to use with the apple core template to make a mat for our 1913 Hoosier cabinet. In doing so I realized that I have 3 of the Olfa 45mm cutters (one still in original package), but none of the 60mm. Not sure what I would use the large one for anyway. How many do you own and what is your favorite brand?
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:02 AM
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I have a couple, but by far my favorite (in all sizes) are the Martelli Rotary cutters. I use the large one when cutting several layers (more than 4 or 6) because it will go faster. Also when cutting thicker fabrics, like fleece, minky, etc. Takes less effort, blade sits deeper on ruler so I feel like I am not struggling to cut those bottom layers. I don't use it daily, but a great tool in my arsenal of too many gadgets! lol
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:17 AM
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I have one Olfa 45 and one 28. the small one i use to rip seams out. (like Eleanor Burns does).if i do curves i tend to draw in pencil around the template and cut out with good old scissors.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:40 AM
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I have Olga 45 and 28 ones. I prefer my small ones because the handle is shorter and the end fits in my palm. I have more control with the handle in my palm to press down.
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Old 09-20-2018, 10:12 AM
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I have three 45 and one 28. I like my Olfa best because when I release the handle the blade retracts. I like the Fiskars but I have to remember to close the blade every time I make a cut. I have a Kai that I got from my sister when she stopped sewing, I have not used that one much but I like that the blade comes down when pressure is applied and then retracts when released. I very seldom use the 28.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:51 PM
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I have 3 of the "ergonomic" Olfa, one 60mm and 2 18mm straight handles, all of them Olfa's, very, very rarely do I use the straight handled ones. I've had Fiskars, tried Martelli and much prefer the ergonomic Olfa's.
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Old 09-20-2018, 01:58 PM
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I only have Fiskars 45MM. I have about four of them. I don't like and don't use the one with retractable blade. I am in the habit of closing the blade.
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Old 09-20-2018, 04:21 PM
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I have multiple brands of 45 mm cutters (Olfa, Fiskers, Clover, "no name"), two Olfa yellow straight 28 mm cutters, one Fiskers straight 28 mm cutter and one Olfa 18 mm straight cutter. My go to is the Olfa 28 mm cutters. I find the 45 mm too large and cumbersome to use. I have tried a 60 mm cutter once...no thanks, too unwieldy for me. I don't care for the ergonomic cutters as they feel awkward in my hand. I haven't tried the Martelli, have heard good and bad about them. For the money, I'll stay with my straight Olfa cutters.
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:13 PM
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We have one stick handled 45 that we never use - I just find it too awkward to cut with. We have two Olfa ergonomic 45's and I use them quite a but. We have one Olfa ergonomic 60 that I use when cutting several layers. We also have a Martelli 45 that I use less often than the Olfa. I love it and it is easier to use, but I just pick up the Olfa out of habit.
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:45 AM
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I have a lot of Fiskar's from the tiniest one (at least one of these), 2 of the 28's and 4 or 5 of the 45's and one of the 60. Since I have been quilting for so long, I got most all of these, with the exception of the original ones, when they were on sale for 50% or 60% off from JA's.

However, I do have 2 45's of Martelli and one 60 of Martelli's. I actually like the Martelli cutters much better, especially the 60. Unfortunately, I just had a problem with the spring of the 60 Martelli and I can't get it back in and now I have to wait to go to the quilt show in Santa Clara in October for them to fix it. I looked at the YouTube video to see how to fix it and it seems that some how my spring looks like it got bent, so it won't stay in the hooky thingy. Drats.
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