When you need a tool for slicing and dicing photos, paper and card stock, a solid paper cutter is a must-have tool. You don’t want something that will cut crooked, dull quickly or cause you a massive headache. You probably don’t want something that is just a step above a pair of scissors. One solid paper cutter, considering what you get for the money, is the Kutrimmer 1135 guillotine cutter from MBM (found here). I have personally used this very cutter on many occasions and would like to share my thoughts about it with you.
MBM stands for Michael Business Machines. This company, based out of South Carolina, is a national dealer for a wide range of high-end German machinery from IDEAL Krug & Priester. This includes Destroyit paper shredders, Triumph stack cutters and Kutrimmer. These products are known for their precision engineering and high build quality.
The Kutrimmer 1135 is a guillotine paper cutter. This means that it features an arm blade that rubs against a base blade in a scissor-like fashion. These types of paper cutters used to be found in schools everywhere and featured a wood base. The downside to these older guillotines is that they didn’t have a clamping mechanism and when the blade became dull, it would pull the paper while cutting it, resulting in a very crooked cut. Luckily modern guillotines implement a wide range of technology that makes them far superior to the older guillotines.
To begin with, the Kutrimmer 1135 is made of metal. Everything from the base to the arm is made of metal. The only plastic components are the guide, safety shield and hand grip. A built-in clamping mechanism forces the paper to stay in place during the entire cutting process. The result of these improvements means a very straight and very accurate cut. The metal used in the blade is made of German Solingen steel, which is arguably some of the best in the world.
Something else you find in this cutter that you definitely didn’t find in the guillotines of a decade ago is an optical cutting line. This laser line shines right across the paper. While the included sliding guide is ultimately all you need to align the paper, the laser makes it easy to make fast and accurate visual adjustments. Wherever the light shines, the blade will cut. It’s that easy.
Assuming you are cutting standard 20# bond paper, this cutter will handle up to about 25 sheets at a time. It can also be used to cut photos, card stock, laminated material, clear covers and more. Just be aware that the cutting capacity will change depending on how thick the material is that you are cutting.
Slicing through paper using this cutter is actually pretty easy. Every time I have used it the blade cut through the paper without any issues. This is due in part to the double pivot bearings and aluminum blade mounting bracket. It’s just very easy to move, handle and manipulate. It weights about 13 pounds shipped and I can pick it up and move it around very easily. Rubber feet on the bottom of the cutter help keep it in place.
I recommend using this at home, in the office, at church or in a school. It really is a nice general-purpose cutter. It can cut a little of everything and very accurately.
If you still have questions about this cutter, give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find all of our guillotine paper cutters here.