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Thread: Sharpen your rotary cutter on WHAT?:)

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    I just read a 'helpful' hint in the cyber world and this individual said that you can sharpen your rotary cutter by cutting thru a pile of alumn. foil! Okay....who has done this or who dares to give it a whirl??:)I'm thinking not! Skeat

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    I have one of those round thingies that you place the blade in and turn. It has something like sand paper on the inside. It works well, but doesn't hold the sharpness for long. Just bought me a new cutter after using the old one for 12 years.

    I have never tried the foil cutting, but may try it on the old one! :D


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    I will have to try that on my dull blades! Also sand paper, who knows it "might" work!

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    yes it works, i sharpened my scissors on foil..

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    Just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt!

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    OK, I'm willing to try almost anything. I just don't understand how it works!!!!

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    I've either heard or read about that. Haven't tried it though.

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    It works! It may not hold the sharpness for long, but it will get you little extra out of your blade.

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    Before there were rotary blades people(my husband included) sharpened knives on a soap stone. My mom always sharpens hers on a crock.

    I learned this aluminum foil trick a few years ago and it does work.
    Basically you need some surface that will be abrasive against the metal blade(knife or rotary).

    I have sharpened small scissors by cutting foil and it will work. It is not as efective as a store bought sharpener.

    You can buy a rotary cutter sharpener and they work great!! I have used one and keep one on hand all the time. It really extends the life of your blades! And we do a lot of cutting!!!

    I use Tri Sharp dual rotary blade sharpener. I got mine at Joann's and i saw they have them online. They are worth the investment!
    You can also buy replacements for the circles that do the sharpening.

    But if you don't want to spend the money the foil does work!

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    My problem is I never have a dull blade. My blades all get a nick before they get dull. I either hit the edge of the ruler or run over a pin or something. I don't bother with trying to fix the blades anymore. I stock up on sale blades and keep right on cutting.

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    That scares me a little! I would think that I might ruin my blade...

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    maybe I'm way off base, but I don't think the replacement blades are that expensive -- compared to frustration at dull blades. I get them with coupon at Jo-ann's 40 or 50 % off coupons come with flyers, and that's what I use. :D

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    My teeth are tingling too just thinking about touching the aluminium foil with the blade, but if it works I will give it a go.

    Elle

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt!
    I missed this post about the sharpening, before I go to tirnhi's I was gritting my teeth and drooling. UGH!!!!
    BillsBonBon

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    What a great idea - it never occured to me that rotary blades could be sharpened. Not that I haven't wished it so! I think I'll recruit DH into the sharpening, though, and save my teeth.

    I once thought I was no good at cutting, then changed my rotary blade and Whee! my cutting immediately improved. Sharp blades are important :D :D

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    I'm going to try the foil. If the blade is dull from use & needs to be changed anyway....what's there to lose :D

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    It sounds like fingernails down a chalkboard to me...
    But I can see that it 'might' work... hmmmm... maybe DH will have to try it for me....

    I stock up on blades when they're on sale, or use my coupons. Sharp blades are one of the MOST important things in accurate cutting.


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    So several Layers of Foil or Sand Paper and you cut thru and sharpen the Blade Right?? Not Sure???

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    Well, I would give it a try if I was just going to throw the blade out anyway, but I would think you would need to cut at an angle. I have heard that you can sharpen hole punchers by punching holes in sandpaper.

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    I do it all the time. Just take several layers of folded foil and run the cutter through them back and forth. It really saves money and extends the life of the blade. It won't work forever, but sure helps.

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    I'll give it a try on a blade that has a few burrs... I am a little sceptical, but it can't hurt to try on an old blade...............

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    it does sharpen my paper cutter so why not the rotary cutter :)

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    Well Skeat, dumber things have been proven effective for just about everything...I guess it is worth a try right? Umm...well I think I will pass though :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    Just thinking about it makes my teeth hurt!
    Mine too. I even have an imaginary metal taste in my mouth.

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