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11 of the best paper cutting tools, trimmers and knives

Guillotine. Paper trimmer. Rotary cutter. Craft knife. All of these pieces of equipment are suitable for cutting paper – so which is the best paper cutting tool for card making? As always it depends on the type of cards and quantity that you’re making. If you’re cutting hundreds of pieces of card for wedding invitations for example, a guillotine would be perfect as it has a flat base and a cutting arm that slices through many sheets at once. Each guillotine has a load capacity so don’t try to cut too many sheets at once. Use the paper clamp if one is fitted and bring the blade down slowly to avoid ragged edges.
      Heavy-duty rotary cutters have a circular blade that can cut through about five layers of paper at a time and, as the blade is circular, it’s also suitable for cutting other materials such as cork, foam sheet, corrugated card and even grey board. If you’re a hobby cardmaker then an A4 size paper trimmer can be all you will ever need. These can either have a rotary blade or a sliding blade, but which is the best paper trimmer for card making uk? The rotary blade definitely has a longer life but slider versions often let you add a scoring tool into the slider slot instead. This style of paper cutting tools allows for speedy cutting, accurate measuring with its retractable ruler and neat scoring – everything you need for perfect cardmaking!

How about the best craft knife for paper cutting? Should you prioritise getting a paper cutting tool knife that has inexpensive replacement blades for a fresh edge that is easily changed, or a high-spec blade that will last for all your projects? Get ready to craft with the option that is best for you with our pick of the 11 best paper cutting tools, trimmers and knives.


Best paper cutting tools for your projects: Paper trimmers

Fiskars 1-Piece 12-inch SureCut Deluxe Paper Trimmer

This is such an instinctively easy to use paper cutting tool and is a great choice if you work with larger pieces of paper. The cutting blade is housed permenatly in a guide channel, so you just slide it along to cut– as long as you keep the paper secure, your cut can’t go awry. And the trimmer has a host of features to make sure your paper stays secure. The fold-out extension arm helps support longer pieces of paper, giving you a longer cutting edge to butt your paper edge too, which makes this one of the best paper trimmers for card making uk if you like to work with 12x12in papers. The trimmer housing can be folded up when you are inserting your paper, then fold down to slide the blade across safely while the arm also helps hold your paper in place.

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Cricut Portable 12in Trimmer

Super-lightweight for portability, this sturdy plastic paper cutting tool packs a punch. You can change the blade in the slider arm to use for cutting or scoring papers, and there is a fold out extendable arm that lets you work with up to 15 inches. The trimmer is clearly marked with both both inches and centimetres, on the cutting guide and on the unit itself which makes it simple to measure paper in every orientation for neat and accurate corners. Really versatile tool for the price, this is the best paper trimmer for card making uk if you also want to take your tools out and about to workshops with you.

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Kit ‘N’ Caboodle 12 in Paper Trimmer

With its small cutting surface, and without an extendable arm, this trimmer is bet suited to cardmakers looking to cut accurate mats, as it does not work so well with the larger panels you may want as a scrapbooker. It is sturdy and easy to use, with a sliding blade housed in a strong clear plastic channel for durability with visibility. There is a scoring grid on the trimmer surface to help with scoring.

We have heard that finding replacement blades for this paper cutting tool can be a problem, so buy a few spares if you choose this as your best paper trimmer for card making uk.

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We R Memory Keepers Circle Spin & Trim

Though this is a more specialist paper cutting tool, it is so useful for card making that it deserves ints spot in our list as the best paper trimmer for card making uk. Cutting perfect circles in different sizes has never been easier. The rotating handle makes cutting effortless, and the new base and hinge design keeps your craft desk uncluttered, as no cutting mat or die-cutting machine is required! Create circles in half-inch increments from one inch in diameter, all the way up to eight inches. The Spin & Trim features built-in blade storage, and with two blades included you can be sure of crisp cuts that give your cards a professional finish. This is such an easy way to make your circle easel cards, or quickly cut out circle apertures!

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Best paper cutting tools for your projects: Guillotines

Crafters Companion Small Guillotine

Here’s a handy A5 size guillotine that’s perfect for card makers. The curved stainless steel blade is based on designs from knife makers, and is self sharpening with every cut, so it glides through material with very little pressure.  The cutting surface has a recessed guideline grid, which you can use with the enclosed scoring tool to crafts accurate score lines alongside using the guillotine to accurately cut your paper and card. The clear finger guard protects your fingers from the blade when you are operating the guillotine but still lets you see where the blade is, and pushing down on this also helps support the paper you are cutting. We’ve had great results with this product, and the self sharpening blade has seemed to bear up its promise after continuous use!

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Fiskars 22cm Bypass Guillotine

Fiskars feature a lot in this list for a reason – their speciality is blades and they make long-lasting and reliable paper cutting tools. This A5 guillotine is no exception.The guillotine will cut up to 5 sheets of up to 80gsm thickness at once, which is great if you are mass crafting for wedding invitations or Christmas cards. As well as having inch and centimetre measurement running along the top and bottom edges, it has these across the centre of the guillotine too, which is very handy if you are working with smaller mats. There are also marking in both orientations to help cut A6 and A6 sizes accurately every time.

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Best paper cutting tools for your projects: Craft knives

Cricut TrueControl Knife

What sets the TrueControl knife apart from most other craft knives is the blade changing system. When you’ve used your knife quite a bit and the blade is not giving you as crisp as cut as it first did, turn the dial at the bade of the knife to unlock, and push forward to safely push out the spent blade, no touching of the sharp required. Similarly, the replacement blades are packaged so that you can slip the end into knife handle and lock it in place before pulling the new blade out of its packaging. As well as being much safer, this keeps any oil or dirt you might have on your hands away from your fresh cutting blade. This is comfortable and easy to hold and maneuveor with its soft grip – a light and precise cutting knife for card makers.

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Premier Craft Tools Craft Knife

If you like to work with extra-thick cardstock for 350gsm or above, it is best to choose a strong craft knife that has been designed to work with these thicknesses – like this tool from Hunkydory’s own brand, Premier Craft. The thick and strong blades work well with these thicknesses and this great value knife is a good choice. When not in use, store in the clear lid to keep your blade sharp, but when it does get less sharp from use, it is simple to change by twisting the knife handle to release.

You then insert and new blade and twist the handle the other way to secure. The fact that it is so simple to switch blades and the price point of the replacement blades means it’s easy to always have a super-sharp cutting edge!

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Do you think that the best craft knife for paper cutting is one that is where you expect it to be? Here is a clever idea that could change the face of craft knives forever – don’t make the handle circular, so the craft knife can’t roll off a craft desk but instead stays where it is put. It has a specially designed grip and soft touch holding points that still make it comfortable and accurate to hold for precise paper cutting. The lever release system makes changing blades quick and easy, and the 3cm stainless steel blade can cut through thin and thick materials such as paper, photo board, plastic or fabric.


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Best paper cutting tools for your projects: Rotary cutters

Fiskars Pivoting Rotary Trimmer

Not just for sewing and quilting, rotary cutters are great for comfortable and quick paper cutting. Used with a cutting knife and guiding the cutting wheel along a straight edge like a ruler, they can achieve guillotine-quality cutting with lots more flexibility, as you control the pressure, so can use for scoring with a light pressure, or to cut multiple sheets at once with a stronger pressure. This rotary cutter is especially good for papercraft, as the handle can be adjusted to 4 different cutting positions, which is great for control if you re cutting freehand shapes. It also works well for both right an left handed crafters.

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This is many crafters go-to rotary cutter! You can use it for cutting fabric as well as paper, and its durable rolling blade won’t get dulled by paper so will still cut fabric after using on paper and card. A great choice if you are a multi-crafter looking for a rotary cutter you can use across all your projects. If you think of the length of the cutting blade on a rotary cutter compared to the length of the butting blade on a knife, it’s no wonder that rotary cutters last as long as they do – wear and tear gets spread along that whole length.

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Once I discovered paper cutting, I started collecting any and every tool or knife I could get my hands on.

It wasn’t until I had tried a wide variety that I found my preferred knife, and which knives just didn’t work with my style. Some of them I have retained in my arsenal, utilizing them here and there, or maybe I just feel proud of the collection. Here is what I currently have in my toolbox:


1.     #11 X-Acto® Precision Knife. This is my favorite knife for paper cutting projects. However, always keep extra blades when working (see the container below the knife) as I find myself breaking the fine tip very easily. 

2.     Fiskars® Fingertip Detail Knife. I try to force myself to use this knife, but the switch from the long handle of my regular knife to this small, knuckle grip makes this a big change. I do enjoy whipping it out when I am in a tight spot for details, and I have heard that for many, this is a very comfortable knife.

3.     X-Acto Craft Swivel Knife. The small blade of this knife actually swivels 360° around. I bought it when I was told graphic designers love it for the ease-of-movement when cutting curvy shapes. I haven’t personally managed to wrangle the blade, and have instead set it aside, pulling it out from time-to-time for experimentation. (If you have any experience taming the swiveling beast, I would love some tips!)

4.     An Awl. Obviously, this isn’t a knife. But, I keep an awl in my kit because I love the look of varied texture from punctured holes. Also, if you ever want to create a small eyeball or “starry” background, use this, and save yourself from anguish. This specific awl has a very thin handle, but you might prefer one with a more bulbous, wooden handle. I use this one for paper cutting, and a bulbous, wooden handled awl for punching signatures when bookbinding.

5.     #2 X-Acto Medium Weight Aluminum Knife. This hefty handle is great for cutting out large shapes. It is especially good in those spots where you would use scissors but don’t want to take as much time.

6.     SliceTM Precision Cutter. Touting a ceramic blade that ‘lasts longer than steel,’ I found the blade to be shorter than I prefer. Their claim of strength is true, however, as I have yet to break this blade. I tend to keep this in my ‘to-go’ art bag because of its easy-to-store design and tight cap.

7.     A Box Cutter. Always have one around even if you don’t plan on cutting Davey Board. You never know when you may want to cut several pieces of thick cardstock down to size.


What are your favorite cutting tools? Do you have some unique or bizarre tools that you absolutely love?


What are the best craft and paper cutting tools to use

Inside: craft cutting tools tips and recommendations


I was recently asked about what paper cutting tools I use. I wanted to answer right away, but then I realized the answer is not as clear as I thought it was. There are different ways to achieve the same result and each crafter has its own preferences and tools.





When you are faced with a task of cutting a piece of paper you basically have two options: A craft knife or scissors right? Wrong! Because you have different kinds of knives and scissors and trimmers and cutters and the list is almost endless. So How do you know what to use for what?



The best way to cut a straight line is to use a trimmer. It is fast, accurate and easy. I use it whenever I need to cut squares of paper, like a 12×12 page in half or pages of a mini album. However sometimes I use scraps of paper that are not in a square shape or have no shape at all. That makes aligning it on the trimmer impossible or at least too time consuming. So in this case I use a craft knife.



There are two types of knives: utility knife and a craft knife. Which one to use is a personal preference. I feel more comfortable with a craft knife. I feel like my grip is better and my hand is steadier however some people say they can cut more accurately with a X-acto knife. The decision is yours and it’s entirely dependent on what type of knife is more comfortable for you.




If you’re anything like me you are constantly fussy cutting flowers, images,photos etc. If you ask me I’ll tell you I use scissors, the big Tim Holtz ones, even for really fussy cutting. But some people will say using a craft knife is much more comfortable and easy. I really want to try the craft finger knife…anybody uses that?


Two important things to remember:

  1. Always use a cutting mat to protect your table.
  2. Use a different pair of scissors for each material. Don’t cut paper and fabric with the same scissors. I have managed to ruin both my previous desk and a few scissors because I didn’t follow these rules 🙂

Check out the best tips on how to keep your scissors sharp in this post!






A number of different styles of cutting machine are available, including the Silhouette and Circuit, that allow you to cut out custom designs from paper, cardstock, vinyl, specialty paper, and fabrics. With these machines, you can either download pre-made cutting designs or make your own, then allow the machine to do all the intricate cutting for you.

I always talk about getting one of these cutting machines… maybe some day:)



PROS: allows you to cut any shape, amount and size from any paper and customize it to any project.

CONS: expensive and time consuming to use.


A good and cheaper replacement can be the manual die cut machines like the Big Shot that comes in different sizes and designs. To cut shapes in this machine you need to have die cut templates and the cutting boards.

PROS: cost less and still allows you to cut a variety of shapes and customize them to your project.

CONS: You are limited to the templates that you have and to the width and length of the cutting boards.




A perfect cutting tool for cardboard or chipboard. The handle with the blade allows you to have more thrust that cuts through a heavier paper or a stack of papers with no problem.

Here’s how to use a guillotine:

  • Align the paper on the flat base grid according to the desired measurement.
  • Swing down the lever against the metal base to cut the paper.

PROS: can cut thick materials and stacks of paper.

CONS: large and heavy to carry and you can;t customize cuts or cut only part of the paper.





A paper cutter, also known as a paper trimmer, is a tool designed to cut paper at once with a straight edge.

There are two main types of trimmers:

  1. Stationary knife attached to a moving handle that moves up and down a ruler.
  2. Rotary trimmer with a circle knife that rotates while cutting the paper.



To find the right trimmer for your needs, consider the materials or volume of paper you want to cut. The thicker the paper the larger the knife on the trimmer needs to be. Usually a standard trimmer will be enough for any of our paper crafts.


PROS: accurate, light weight and easy to use. Allows you to cut parts of paper or slits inside papers as well as can be used with a bone folder for scoring.

CONS: larger and less maneuverable than a craft knife or scissors.




This tool works with a spinning blade that is similar to a pizza cutter, allowing you to make one long, fluid cut as you roll the tool along a marked path. A rotary cutter works well on fabric or paper but is not very suitable for intricate cuts.

PROS: great for fast and straight and curve cuts on paper and fabric.

CONS: not suitable for fussy cutting and less accurate if you need to cut slits in center of paper.




This knife consists of a small razor-sharp replaceable blade secured inside a pencil-shaped handle. It is used to cut out detailed patterns or designs and used with a ruler it’s a great way to cut a straight line. The narrow blade is also perfect for cutting intricate details, such as stencils.

PROS: accurate, light weight and very maneuverable for fussy cutting.

CONS: small grip and needs to replace the entire blade to keep it sharp.




An office and craft knife perfect for cutting paper and chipboard. It is less maneuverable than an X-acto knife so it’s less suitable for fussy cutting.


  • Make sure to keep the knife sharp by regularly removing the tip of the blade. Most accidents happen when using a knife that isn’t sharp enough so you have less control of where it goes.
  • Use the knife with a metal ruler. The sharp blade can cut through a plastic ruler.
  • Hold the ruler and the knife firmly to avoid accidents.
  • Don’t apply too much pressure when cutting the sharpness of the blade will be enough.
  • For thicker materials like chipboard run the knife several times until you cut it completely.



PROS: accurate for straight cutting. Remove only tip of the blade to keep sharp.

CONS: dulls rather quickly and less suitable for details or non straight cuts.




There are many types of scissors and like I said before you should have a different set of scissors for each material. There is one exception to this rule: Tonic Studios Tim Holtz scissors. These are the best scissors you can ask for and I cut all materials with them, including metal and they don’t get dull. I recommend using the larger size for regular cutting and the smaller size for fussy cutting.


PROS: very strong scissors that can cut a variety of materials other than paper and not get dull.

CONS: cost more than regular scissors.




To complete the list of paper cutting tools this is as essential as the cutting tools themselves. The cutting mat has a ruler grid to help easily measure the paper and it will protect your desk when cutting with any knife. They are self-healing, which means that slices in the resilient surface will stick back together and seal themselves.


Cutting mats come in various sizes and colors. You can also find cutting mats made from glass which are very durable and transparent.


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Craft Tools for Cutting: See What They Can Do

No matter your hobby or creative passion, craft tools, especially those used for cutting, make it fun and easy.

Most lists of must-have craft tools, while helpful, list items for a very wide variety of crafts:

  • spinning wheels
  • sewing machines
  • paint
  • jewelry pliers
  • tissue paper
  • craft glue

However, most crafters don’t participate in all crafts (OK, so Martha Stewart does, but I think we can agree, she’s an anomaly), so many items won’t apply to each person.

There is a genre, however, that pretty much all crafters must have on their craft tools list: cutting tools. Most every type of craft involves some form of cutting, so requires some type of craft tool for that purpose.

Here we delve into Slice’s cutting arts and crafts tools and discuss what types of crafts they are particularly well suited for. From well-loved standards like scissors and craft knives to new discoveries and must-haves, here’s how you can beef up your craft tools supply.

Wait Up: Why Slice?

Slice has created some designs that are like no other, such as the Precision Cutter, the Precision Knife, and the Safety Cutter (more on those in a minute). Customers rave about how easy our craft cutters are to use and that they fill a need better than most—if not all—other tools they’ve previously used. This is likely because there’s nothing else like them on the market.

Slice tools are also safer than other cutters on the market, which almost exclusively feature metal blades. Slice blades are ceramic, made of extremely hard 100 percent zirconium oxide.

The advanced and proprietary shape of the blade is finger-friendly®—that is, resistant to cutting skin (unlike any other ceramic blade). This means that not only are these products great for crafters in general, they’re also appropriate for seniors, children, and others who may not be as steady or adept at using cutting tools.

Additionally, Slice blades last up to 11 times longer than metal blades. Metal blades dull quickly, which also makes them more dangerous and less precise as they age. Safer and great value: those are just some “that’s why Slice crafting tools” answers.

The Pen-Like Precision Cutter

An increasingly popular Slice cutting tool is the highly maneuverable Precision Cutter. This stylish wonder is held just like a pen, so it’s easy to use, even for younger people, for whom learning to use scissors can be a challenge. Its very small blade increases its maneuverability—read: it is fantastic with detail work—as well as safety. Think of it as a cutting instrument that moves like a drawing instrument.

Because of its small blade and precise nature, the Precision Cutter is excellent for any craft that calls for thinner materials like paper. Scratchboard artists sing its praises, and it is rapidly becoming one of their favorite scratchboard tools. Airbrush artists are using this tool for cutting frisket film. RC model makers will enjoy how well it glides through shrink wrap. Check it out:

As of 2019, Slice introduced a newer version of the Precision Cutter. This features the same micro-ceramic blade as the original green cutter, but now the blades are replaceable. If you’re interested in cutting performance, both tools cut the same way, so any review that applies to the 00116 Precision Cutter will also apply to the 10416 Precision Cutter (New).

Essential Crafting Tools: Scissors

As with all of the Slice products, the Ceramic Scissors utilize a ceramic, finger-friendly blade. This makes them a great substitution for the commonly underperforming safety scissors found in most grammar school classrooms.

This easy-grip tool can cut just about anything required for arts and crafts projects done with young ones. Construction paper, cotton balls, felt? No problem. Learn more about kids using scissors in “Children’s Scissors: Finding a Safe and Effective Pair.”

For adult crafters, the Slice Ceramic Scissors are excellent for cutting paper, vinyl, even copper wire. They are particularly useful for long, straight cuts. So not only are they great for everyday use, they also come in handy for scrapbooking or any other paper-based crafts, as well as cutting the rigid vinyl plastic sheets and appliqué paper used in quilting. Our 10546 pointed scissors are especially helpful if you’re initiating a cut in the middle of your material.

A Must Go-To: The Craft Knife

Part of the Precision Knives lineup, the Craft Knife features a longer blade than the Precision Cutter but is still very maneuverable and easy to control, and the handle features a no-slip grip. The Craft Cutter’s fixed blade is also replaceable.

If you need to know how to cut felt, the Craft Knife, as well as many other Slice craft cutters, can handle this material with ease.

In fact, this is a primo all-around choice for cutting a wide variety of materials: paper, RC model shrink wrap, quilting appliqué paper and vinyl, scratchboard, foam core, leather, vinyl and polycarbonate sheets, even crêpe paper. Watch it cleanly cut that last delicate material:

With its far-ranging usefulness, the Craft Knife is the go-to for most any crafter, from model makers to scrapbookers, home décor DIYers to leathercrafters. Read about how much master leathersmith Joshua Watts enjoys his Slice tools in “Choosing Leather Cutting Tools that Make the Cut.”

New in Craft Tools: The Precision Knife

This is another innovative Slice design, and the name says it all. The Precision Knife’s “ring” handle offers excellent control as well as comfort.

This tool features the same replaceable blade as the Craft Knife so is appropriate for many of the same uses. However, it truly shines in situations calling for really intricate work. It also works well for sculpting materials like clay, or for carving pumpkins.

The Small but Mighty Safety Cutter

This one-of-a-kind little powerhouse works great on paper as well as other thin materials like vinyl and polycarbonate sheets, frisket film, and the aforementioned quilting materials. The Safety Cutter lives up to its name: the blade is micro and the grippy surface means it doesn’t slip. Additionally, its design is ergonomic, so it fits naturally in the hand.

This tool is excellent for cuts that are less intricate. There’s even a little hole at the top of the cutter, and some people have been known to carry one on their keychain for on-the-go cuts, with nary a nick or injury. In addition to your crafts, use the Safety Cutter for items like coupons, envelopes, and packing tape.

What’s Your Craft?

There is a huge variety of crafting tools on the market. A walk through any craft store will confirm that. But one thing every crafter needs is something that cuts. And Slice has a tool for that. Do you work with an uncommon material or one not mentioned here and want to know what tool will work for you? Contact Slice and we’ll test out our cutting craft tools to find the best one (or ones) for the job.

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Paper Cutting Tools & Craft Cutting Supplies

The Right Tools for the Job! Discover the Best Cutting Tools for Crafting at Spotlight!

At Spotlight, we offer cutting tools for all types of crafting jobs. So, whether you are into card making, scrapbooking, or even fashion design, Spotlight has all the right cutting tools for the job. Curious what cutting tools you need for your craft? Check out our information below to find out!

Which Cutting Tools Do I Need for Card making?

There are several cutting tools you need for card making, since it can require a lot of cutting and trimming. One of the first cutting tools you will need is a craft knife. Craft knives tend to be perfect for card making, since they can easily cut through stronger materials.

In addition to the craft knife, you will need some scissors. Scissors are the best option to cut several shapes for your card making needs. However, to get the most out of your scissors while card making, make sure you get scissors with the appropriate handles.

Another essential cutting tool you require for card making is the paper trimmer. With a paper trimmer, you can cut with the greatest accuracy – this opposed to cutting with scissors and a craft knife. They can also cut through several layers of paper, which makes the trimmer ideal for creating multiple cards at once.

To ensure you do not damage your furniture while card making, you also need a cutting mat. The cutting mat protects the furniture underneath against scratches from the cutting knife, but also protects your valuable interior against stuff such as adhesives and ink.

Which Cutting Tools Do I Need for Scrapbooking?

Even though scrapbooking is a lot of fun, it usually requires more cutting tools than card making. Of course, it does depend on your own creativity though, since some people use the same number of cutting tools while card making.

The first tool you will need for scrapbooking is once again the craft knife. When you need to cut some denser materials to put in the scrapbook, this will be your number one cutting tool to return too. Naturally, if you will use a craft knife, you’ll also need a cutting mat to protect the table you’re working on.

For scrapbooking, you will also need a punch. The craft punch is considered an essential for scrapbooking, since it can be used for many different things. Punches are available in many different shapes, and could provide you with easy paper shapes such as hearts, stars, or any other shape you would like to add to your scrapbook.

A trimmer could be an excellent addition to your kit too, but it is no essential for scrapbooking. However, you will need a good pair of scissors for those delicate cutting jobs.

Does Spotlight Stock All These Cutting Tools?

Spotlight provides papercraft lovers with all the cutting tools they need for scrapbooking and card making. To get familiar with our exquisite collection of cutting tools, please check out the catalogue on this page to familiarise yourself with our range. Have a question about these cutting tools? Do not hesitate to contact Spotlight today!

Paper Cutter Knives Materials, OEM, Steel Quality

Jorson & Carlson has the largest inventory of guillotines and paper trimmer knives in the country.

Jorson & Carlson has an extensive inventory of NEW replacement guillotine cutter & trimmer knives (see below) and cutting sticks including knives for Polar, Seybold, Wohlenberg, Challenge cutters and many more. Our replacement knives meet and or exceed OEM specifications.

Every printing, bindery and converting person understands that the quality of the finished product is determined by the quality of the cut. We at Jorson & Carlson understand this and are dedicated to provide only the best quality product available when it comes to your replacement Polar, Seybold and other cutter blades.

Our expert employees can help advise on the steel quality, bevel geometry and grinding process (using the GrindTech EdgeSM Technology) that will give your facility the absolute best performance from your paper trimmers and trimmer knives.

Steel qualities vary depending on type of knife. Select your guillotine or trimmer OEM from the listing below and then model to see steel qualities available. Here is a listing of our common steel qualities we inventory.


H.C.H.C. / D-2 (High Carbon High Chrome)



For detailed descriptions of these steel qualities, click here.

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Call us at 866.327.5136 or email us [email protected] today and find out how easy it is to get replacement guillotine cutter and trimmer blades for your Challenge, Harris, Itoh, Kolbus, Lawson, Muller Martini, Polar, Perfecta, Prism, Seybold, Triumph, Wolhenberg and many other guillotine and trimmer cutters.

Whether you need paper trimmers, trimming knives or sheeter knives, we can meet your printing and converting needs with a huge inventory of replacement knives for a wide range of brands:

All paper trimmers, trimming knives, sheeter knives and many other products can be ready for same day shipment.

Don’t forget about your cutting sticks! Ask us how our Premium Cutting Sticks can benefit your productivity.


If you do not see your blade’s OEM, model or specific steel quality in the listing below, it does not mean we do not have it or unable to supply. Please call and we’ll get it.


If you do not see your blade’s OEM, model or specific steel quality in the listing below, it does not mean we do not have it or unable to supply. Please call and we’ll get it.


Books and Starter Kits – Guild of American Papercutters

Books dedicated primarily to the art of papercutting range from how-to texts and collections of easy-to-cut templates, to books on the history of papercutting and its numerous regional variations around the world. Many papercutters are self-taught and started by cutting out simple pre-printed patterns. Books on the subject of papercutting provided inspiration, historical perspective, and samples. Of course, GAP members also have access to an archive of past Guild publications that provide a wealth of information and examples of various types of papercutting from many different countries.

A wide variety of commercial papercutting patterns are available for use, whether you are a beginner or advanced cutter.

The following books have been recommended by GAP members:

Cut Up This Book by Emily Hogarth, published by Running Press in 2012.  This is a book you can literally cut up.  It has 50 colorful project templates and is a complete guide to cutting paper for art works, greeting cards, keepsakes and more.  It contains a brief history of paper cutting, instructions on tools and materials needed, as well as different technique ideas.   This is a great book for beginners and inspirational for advanced paper cutters as well.

In the Midst of Chaos, Peace by Sister Wendy Beckett, illustrated with silhouette paper cuts by Sister Mary Jean Dorcy, and published in 1999 by Ignatius Press.  This book is a result of Pope John Paul II’s letter to artists to promote  the Catholic faith through “artistic evangelization”.  This beautiful art book is filled with visual and spiritual meditations accompanied by 54 wonderful silhouettes.

Mastering Silhouettes by Charles Burns published in 2012 by Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA. A comprehensive book covering all forms of silhouette art using profiles of famous silhouette artists and their particular methods and styles. Projects are included to allow students to learn and practice the forms of silhouettes illustrated by the artists. One oddity:  there is no mention of Etienne de Silhouette, who gave his name to this art form.

Paper Cutting: Contemporary Artists, Timeless Craft, edited by Laura Heyenga (Chronicle Books LLC, 2011). This is a collection of essays and short pieces about contemporary papercutters. From the publisher: “…features work from 26 contemporary international artists who are creating images of astonishing intricacy, … a host of new discoveries and including art by … Nikki McClure, Rob Ryan, and Thomas Allen, as well as a number of emerging practitioners… [I]ntroduction by… Natalie Avella …, and a whimsical preface by … Rob Ryan.”

New Crafts: Paper Cutting by Stewart and Sally Walton (Lorenz Books, 2014).  This stylish and delightful book contains complete step-by-step instructions for 25 practical projects, plus a brief guide to equipment and materials.  It includes an introduction to the craft and its varied history, as as well as examples of the finest contemporary paper cutting. See also their 2005 book, Craft Workshop: Paper Cutting.

Papercrafts Around the World, by Phyllis Fiarotta and Noel Fiarotta, was published in 1996, and re-published in 2000 by Sterling.  This is an excellent craft book that provides information and instructions for many craft projects from different countries.  Eighty-plus projects include French frills, English peasant beads, Japanese dolls, and Indonesian shadow puppets. Plus: a St. Bridget’s cross, an Oriental Caterpillar, Venetian carnival mask, Nigerian tie & die, and papier-mâché from several nations. Some projects require more than scissors and glue.  The book is divided into 11 chapters:  Paper, Pictures, Geometric Cuts, Mirror Images, Accordion Folds, Creative Folds, Slits, Strips, Roll-ups, Sticks, and Constructions.

Papercutting: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Learning the Craft by Claudia Hopf, published by Stackpole in 2007, with a new paperback edition put out in 2010.  This beautiful book contains a fabulous history of papercutting, tools needed, cutting techniques and tips, patterns, and a gallery of designs.

Scherenschnitte by Susanne Schläpfer-Geiser, published in 1994 in German and in 1997 in English by Lark Books.  Considered a classic, this book provides both a thorough overview of materials and techniques and a history of the art covering the primary countries in which papercutting has become popular.  The book contains many examples of wonderful pieces created by the author and some of the most famous papercutters in history. A new edition in English, Traditional Papercutting: The Art of Scherenschnitte, was released by Lark Books in 2001.

Scherenschnitte – An Old World Craft Comes Alive!, by Carole Behrer, 2000.  A Design Originals Can Do Crafts Book, no 5095. This booklet contains a brief history, plus tools, supplies, instructions, and tips for dozens of designs for cutting pictures, cards, and ornaments. Included are single-fold, 3-D, no fold, two fold and three fold designs. Also provided are ideas on how to add color to the designs and instructions for wood graining frames and how to frame and mount finished artwork.

The Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Paper Cutting by Zhao Ziping, with photographs by Ding Guoxing, published in 2012 by Shanghai Press. Great for beginners, this book contains numerous beautiful, original designs, and detailed projects and explanations. Interestingly, the author indicates the order of cuts for each exercise, and almost all use red paper as employed traditionally in China.

The Book of Paper Cutting: A Complete Guide To All The Techniques–With More Than 100 Projects, by Chris Rich, published by Sterling in 1994.  A complete guide to all the techniques and to the history of paper cutting from around the world. It contains more than 100 projects and ideas with how-to instructions. “Beginning and experienced paper cutters will treasure this book, which features clear and easy-to-follow directions, projects graded for difficulty, attractive diagrams, and photographs of masterworks.” — School Library Journal

Book Resources at the GAP National Museum

Anyone who visits the GAP National Museum at the Laurel Arts Dressler Center in Somerset, PA, will find a selection of 50 books on papercutting located in the main office.  This collection of books is a perfect complement to the second floor gallery exhibits.  Although the books cannot be “signed out”, visitors may examine them while visiting the museum.  Just sign the log for a volume or two and find a quiet place to peruse the contents.  Among the books, you will find volumes on early Pennsylvania German Fraktur, traditional Jewish paper cuttings, colorful Polish forms, contemporary American and European examples, and even how-to books for cutting things like snowflakes.  Volumes in foreign languages and rare, out-of-date texts are available by pre-arranged appointment.  

Laser cut paper – paper lace

Laser cutting of paper is an effective technology used for the production of artistic inscriptions, original postcards, sophisticated patterns, logos in the advertising and souvenir industry. Paper and cardboard are natural materials that are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and environmentally friendly, so they are used everywhere.

Description of the technology of laser cutting of paper and cardboard

Advantages of laser paper cutting:

  • Fully automated processing.Since cardboard and especially thin paper can be easily damaged when performing delicate work and delicate small patterns, the absence of manual processing can be considered a plus. The material is processed automatically – the machine acts on the surface with a thin laser beam, in the process the sheet of cardboard or paper is not deformed, and the pattern is perfectly accurate and clear.
  • Low prices. The cost of laser processing depends on the complexity of the project and the quality / density of the source material. Cutting paper is inexpensive, so the service is in great demand.Saving the budget also allows waste-free production and, as a result, reducing the cost of consumables.
  • High quality processing. Laser cutting of cardboard gives a perfectly smooth cut without breaks and the effect of “fringe”, through and contour patterns are obtained three-dimensional with the effect of 3D.
  • Simplicity of ordering. If you want to make an original gift or prepare promotional items, it is enough to submit a sketch in electronic form. The length of the processed material (sheets of paper and cardboard) is almost unlimited.We guarantee full compliance with the provided drawings, since the human factor is completely excluded – all work is performed by a programmed machine.

You can find out the cost of laser paper cutting in Moscow, get a detailed consultation from a specialist on the timing of work and other questions of interest to you on the website of the MosLaser company online.

Laser cutting of paper and cardboard

The technology is perfect for cutting paper or cardboard. laser cutting of sheet materials. Laser cutting of paper and cardboard is carried out according to an electronic drawing. When if you have certain knowledge, you can create such a layout yourself in the editor vector graphics, or order the development of the desired layout from the designer.

The laser cutting itself takes place on a machine with a laser emitter, the power of which is sufficient to cut through even the most thick cardboard or paper, while the cut parts are neat and do not require further processing.

Also on a laser machine, using the perforation mode, you can get a cut dashed line in the material. Such a line could be used to create a fold, for example, in the manufacture of postcards.

Laser cutting of corrugated cardboard is used for manufacturing of packaging products and decorative items. For example, you can cut a blank to assemble a box of the desired size for storage, or transportation of things. Also, parts are cut out of corrugated cardboard on a laser machine for assembly of interior decorations.

For making souvenirs or greeting cards laser cut paper with decorative coating is widely used. Using for cutting such paper and an original, thoughtful design layout, you can get truly unique products.

With correctly configured laser equipment, even the most thin cardboard or paper is not deformed during cutting, which allows you to cut even thin elements with high quality and accuracy.

The cost of cutting paper or cardboard depends on their thickness, and also on the complexity of the cut image. Usually the thinner the processed material, the lower the price.

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