Posted by: James on November 12th, 2012
If you have ever shopped around for a paper cutter (found here), you may have seen the terminology “self sharpening blade” touted as a selling feature. This sounds almost too good to be true, right? How can a paper cutter blade possibly be self-sharpening? Is this a gimmick or is it the real deal? I would like to answer a few of these questions and more in this article.
The first thing you should know is that the term self-sharpening is almost entirely coined by the rotary paper cutting business. Rotary paper cutters are those trimmers that have the round pizza cutter-like blade that rolls across the paper. Rotary cutters come in all shapes and sizes. Some have blades that rest into a plastic strip (typically cheaper cutters) and then there are those that slide against a metal base blade.
The cutters that slide against the metal base blade are known as a self-sharpening cutter. The idea is that the rotary cutting wheel is positioned in such a way that it rubs against the base blade in such a way that it is constantly sharpening the rotary cutting wheel. This means as you are cutting your paper or photos, you are also simultaneously sharpening the cutting wheel. Here is a picture showing what I am talking about:
So is this “self-sharpening” system real or is it simply a gimmick? I can attest to the fact that a self-sharpening cutter will hold its edge longer than those rotary cutters that simply roll along a plastic strip. Will a self-sharpening blade eventually dull? Yes, it will eventually dull with time. While the self-sharpening system isn’t magic, it does accomplish what the engineers set out to do. It does in fact extend the life of the blade and maintain an edge for a longer period of time.
Some guillotine cutters, especially those from Dahle, also claim to be self-sharpening. As the arm blade slides against the base, it rubs against a base blade much like a pair of scissors. This friction action acts like a knife on a whetstone, which helps keep the blade sharp. This also helps the guillotine maintain a decent edge over a long period of time.
When it comes to rotary paper cutters and trimmers, I find Rotatrim, Akiles, Dahle and Foster Keencut to be great cutters that utilize high quality blades that are designed to hold up with continued use. These cutters (found here) are excellent for photography use, scrapbooking use, copy shop use and more.
If you are looking for a decent rotary paper cutter or a guillotine, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We would love to help you out!
Posted by: James on October 24th, 2012
When it comes to guillotine paper trimmers, few have the quality or reputation that Kutrimmer has (found here). Kutrimmer, made by MBM, has been around for years. These cutters are known for their razor-sharp Solingen steel blades and their precision German engineering. The only manufacturer to come close over the years has been Dahle, also a German engineered cutter. So is a Kutrimmer the ideal cutter for you?
Guillotine paper trimmers simply aren’t what they used to be 30 years ago. Those large wood base cutters had no real safety measures in place and they could potentially be dangerous. Kutrimmer has taken the design of the old wood-base trimmers and has taken it to the 21st century. Modern guillotines now feature metal bases, non-skid rubber feet, smooth pivoting handles and safety shields that keep fingers away from sharp parts. Modern guillotines also include clamps, which helps keep cuts straight and true.
As mentioned earlier, Kutrimmer paper cutters are made in Germany and are German engineered. In the world of precision machined office equipment, this is a very good thing. The quality on these cutters is as good as it can get. At Office Zone, we carry eight different Kutrimmer cutters with most of them (as of this article) available with free freight.
Here is a list of the eight models we currently offer:
- MBM Kutrimmer 1134 (found here) – This cutter has an amazing 25 sheet capacity and is the least expensive Kutrimmer we offer. It is excellent for tabletop use and includes a side guide, a Solingen steel blade, a cutting line indicator and an adjustable back guide. This is great for use in schools, churches and businesses.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1135 (found here) – This is an upgraded version of the 1134 that includes an easy-lift release clamping lever. It can be used to cut paper, features a solid metal base and creates extremely precise cuts every time.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1046 (found here) – This cutter has a nice 18″ cutting length, making it ideal for cutting standard paper sizes as well as larger art prints and other material. The Solingen steel blade is extra sharp and easily maintains its edge for a long time. It can be used to cut up to 30 sheets of paper at a time.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1038 (found here) The Kutrimmer 1038 features extended front guides, an extra tough hand lamp and can be used to cut through up to 50 sheets of paper at a time! (based on 20# bond paper). This trimmer has a 14.75″ cutting length and is excellent for use with standard sizes of paper or smaller. It is also excellent for trimming down photos.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1058 (found here) The Kutrimmer 1058 is one of the few 23″ long cutters that has a 40 sheet cutting capacity. This cutter features a metal base, a safety guard on the cutting blade and a heavy-duty clamp. This is a great trimmer for framers, artists, schools and more. It is easy to use and the blade makes straight cuts simple.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1071 (found here) – The Kutrimmer 1071 is a heavy-duty cutter with a massive 28.5″ cutting length. It can be used to cut up to 40 sheets of paper at a time and is one of the largest guillotines we offer for tabletop use. The guide, combined with a Solingen steel blade, can be used to cut paper as thin as one millimeter.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1080 (found here) – This cutter is a floor unit that is designed for print shops, copy centers and other locations where a variety of paper sizes need to be cut on a regular basis. This heavy-duty cutter has a large 31.25″ cutting length and it can be used for cutting up to 40 sheets of paper at a time and has a hairline trimming capability. It includes a sturdy metal stand.
- MBM Kutrimmer 1110 (found here) – This is the largest guillotine trimmer MBM has to offer. It has a very large 43.75″ cutting length that can cut up to 20 sheets of paper at a time. This impressive cutting length makes this cutter excellent for cutting down large prints, signs, banners, posters and much more. It includes a durable stand and is made with precision German engineering.
These types of paper cutters are commonly used to cut anything from paper and card stock to matt framing and more. You can find our entire selection of guillotine paper cutters and trimmers here. Please call us at 1-800-543-5454 for answers to your paper cutting questions.
Posted by: James on September 14th, 2011
School teachers, professors, print shop workers, or scrapbookers have to cut a lot of paper for art projects, assignments, books, marketing material and other print media. Most use some sort of table top guillotine style paper cutter that can make precise cuts, like the MBM Kutrimmer 1046 guillotine paper cutter. This paper cutter can cut sheets into precise strips or angles so the projects won’t look like it was cut by a knight with his helmet on backwards.
The Kutrimmer 1046 paper cutter is a good choice for any school, church, print-shop, in-house design department, publishing company or any other business that trims and cuts large amounts of paper. The MBM Kutrimmer 1046 has several features that make it perform better and make it safer to use than old style table top paper cutters. The design of the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter makes the paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort.
Using the Kutrimmer 1046 Guillotine Cutter is pretty straight forward. The user begins by placing the single sheet or stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed to cut sheets of all sizes and can handle thin novelty paper or heavier bond paper. The Kutrimmer 1046 is a medium-duty paper cutter than can accommodate cutting a stack of 30 sheets of paper. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut.
The precision, automatic clamp holds the paper firmly in place will cutting, to prevent it from moving and ruining the paper while cutting. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. Once the paper is positioned and secured, the user pulls down on the cutting arm of the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter and slices through the paper, making strips or smaller sheets.
The safety features on the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter eliminate most of the risk of injury that your old grade school teacher used to warn you about. The blade is shielded by a plastic safety guard. This keeps it out of the way of fingers while cutting. The safety shield also doubles as a cutting line indicator, ensure the cut will be in the right spot.
The Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter is a product of the MBM Corporation. According to their website, MBM has been producing state-of-the-art finishing equipment for the graphics and printing industries for over 75 years. MBM is the leading manufacturer of small format paper cutters in the world and have one of the best warranty packages in the business.
There is a lot to like about the Kutrimmer 1046 Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The safety features can’t be beat, and the ability it has to cut such narrow, precise strips of paper make it ideal for craft shops, schools, and print shops. Its all-metal construction, and cutting blade that can be re-sharpened make it a durable choice that will provide years of use.
You can purchase the MBM Kutrimmer 1046 guillotine paper cutter at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of guillotine paper cutters here.
Posted by: James on September 7th, 2011
Professionals that have to cut a lot of paper, such as teachers, professors, print shop workers, or scrap bookers, know how important it is to have a table top paper cutter that can make precise cuts. Paper that is cut into wrong angles can cause books, documents and other projects to look like it was cut by a cross eyed ninja with a broken sword. That’s why the Kutrimmer 1058 paper cutter is a good choice for any school, church, print-shop, in-house design department, publishing company or any other business that requires slicing paper.
The Kutrimmer 1058 is a table top paper cutter that makes old style table top paper cutters look like a butter knife. The cutting board and arm-blade have several innovative features that make it more practical and efficient for making precise cuts on single sheets of paper or thicker stacks. The design of the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter makes the paper cutting action very easy and requires little force or effort.
To operate the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter, the user begins by placing the single sheet or stack of paper to be sliced on the cutting board. This paper cutter is designed to cut sheets of all sizes and can handle thin novelty paper or heavier bond paper. The Kutrimmer 1058 is a medium-duty paper cutter than can accommodate cutting a stack of 40 sheets of paper. The user then adjusts the paper on the board to match the desired measurement that will be cut. The hand clamp keeps the paper from moving while it is being cut, this helps insure precise cuts. For convenience, the scale bar used for measuring the length of the cut shows both inches and centimeters. Once the paper is positioned and secured, the user pulls down on the cutting arm of the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter and slices through the paper, making strips or smaller sheets.
The Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter has several features that make puts it on the cutting edge of desk top paper cutter machines. The Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter has several safety features to prevent injury, the most prominent of which is the plastic sheath that keeps the blade covered during cutting. It also has precision side guides to ensure each cut is the proper dimensions. The front gauge is adjustable using a calibrated rotary knob with fine adjustment scale, enabling it to cut extremely narrow strips of paper. In fact, the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter is able to cut strips as narrow as 1 millimeter.
The Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter is a product of the MBM Corporation. According to their website, MBM has been producing state-of-the-art finishing equipment for the graphics and printing industries for over 75 years. MBM is the leading manufacturer of small format paper cutters in the world and have one of the best warranty packages in the business.
There is a lot to like about the Kutrimmer 1058 Paper Cutter that makes it a good purchase option. The safety features can’t be beat, and the ability it has to cut such narrow, precise strips of paper make it ideal for craft shops, schools, and print shops. Its all-metal construction, and cutting blade that can be re-sharpened make it a durable choice that will provide years of use.
You can purchase the Kutrimmer 1058 table top paper cutter at Office Zone. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of guillotine paper trimmers here.
Posted by: Morgan on March 22nd, 2011
I have a small letterpress invitation company and am looking for a higher sheet capacity, but still very precise paper cutter. The Model 1038 Kutrimmer seems as though it might suit my needs. I am currently cutting paper individually with a tabletop Carl rotary cutter. The Carl is nice in that it is precise, but cutting paper one by one is really labor intensive.
The 1038 seems suitable as I liked that it mentioned that it has the ability to trim off very narrow edges. What sort of customer feedback have you received on the 1038 or have you used it yourself? Does it have the ability to clamp and precisely cut small items, like business cards without fanning?
Also, what is the longevity of the cutting blades? Most of my letterpress work is printed on very thick 100% cotton paper, which dulls standard Carl rotary blades REALLY quickly. The sheet capacity called out is 50 sheets. I assume this is for typical text weight paper. Any idea what the sheet capacity would be for 100lb Crane Lettra cover stock or 140lb French Paper Muscletone card stock?
Any further information and guidance you can provide on the 1038 would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you and Kind Regards,
We have used several arm paper cutters of the years, and the MBM Kutrimmer 1038 Arm Paper Cutter ranks near the top. Our customers also give the Kutrimmer 1038 high marks. Its independent hand clamp prevents annoying paper slippage or bunching when cutting. The 1038 has a German-engineered Solingen steel blade that stays sharp longer than most competing models. This highly durable blade may also be re-sharpened, thus giving you several years of use. Several competing paper cutters and trimmers available today merely offer disposable blades. A front guide on the machine lets you cut paper strips as thin as one millimeter.
You can easily cut through 50 sheets of copy paper at once with the Kutrimmer 1038. When cutting heavier paper stock with the 1038, the cutting capacity may be reduced by up to 50%. The 1038 features an easy-to-use handle that almost effortlessly brings the cutting arm down on the stack of paper. It also comes standard with a safety guard that prevents injury.
Posted by: Morgan on February 9th, 2011
This is a common question, and the answer really depends on the type of paper cutter you are using. You may re-sharpen the blades on stack paper cutters and guillotine cutters, but Office Zone recommends you still have a replacement blade on hand. This eliminates production downtime while the dull blade is being re-sharpened.
Rotary paper cutters often have self-sharpening blades, but these eventually become dull as well. Once the blade is completely dull, it must be replaced. Arm paper cutters may be re-sharpened, but replacements blades are also an option for these as well.
Do you need your paper cutter blade re-sharpened? If so, be sure to contact Office Zone’s Service Department today. We would be happy to help you get your paper cutter blade cutting at its best as soon as possible.