Over the weekend I needed to print and cut about two dozen 5 x 7 prints from 8.5 by 11 sheets of photo paper.
Normally I used a cheap hobby shop plastic plate to cut photo paper to size. Most of the time I end up tarring some of the edges, because I need to cut back and forth, but they do get covered up by the mat board.
I was looking on line for something better, maybe a guillotine cutting board, but I see that a matt board cutters can also be used to make a clean cut a single sheets of photo paper.
My current mat board cutter can only cut 29'' 3/4 wide and obviously could not cut a full standard sheet of 40 x 32" mat board. There has only been a few times that I needed matting greater than 30 inches and then I use the local framing shops to help me with the larger size. BUT cutting photo paper is getting to be a pain.
my question regarding cutting larger sheets of photo paper 13 x 19, would it better to use a guillotine type of handle held single sheet cutter for the rare 13x19 photo paper or invest in a better 40" mat cutter (or larger) ? Then Logan or Rototrim brand name?
Thanks as always
#1. "RE: Paper cutter VS Mat cutter?" | In response to Reply # 0hippocrates Nikonian since 22nd Mar 2010Tue 12-Nov-13 12:47 PM
Good morning Don,
I gave up using a guillotine for cutting paper or mats, as frequently it bent the edges and did not cut smoothly. I use a Logan Simplex mat cutter for mats, which is amazingly accurate, and have a Dahle roto-cutter which I use to cut prints and this is also very accurate and makes clean cuts. I could probably get by with just the Logan but the Dahle is so easy to use and and quick to line up I feel it is well worth the extra I paid. It will cut thin card, but I feel that mat cutting is straining it a bit.
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#2. "RE: Paper cutter VS Mat cutter?" | In response to Reply # 1dgillilan Nikonian since 14th May 2006Tue 12-Nov-13 11:00 PM
I have the same brands as David for mat cutter and paper cutter. The only thing I would do differently is buy a 40" mat cutter instead of 32", so I could cut full mat boards down to sizes easily.
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#4. "RE: Paper cutter VS Mat cutter?" | In response to Reply # 2Thu 14-Nov-13 04:26 AM
Thanks you also for jumping with your experience. I also have a 32" and never found a good process to cut 4". Tried with a table saw using a fine blade for thin plywood and the matt edge was to feathered.
Do the other matt cutters need that extra scrap strip under the matt being cut?
#3. "RE: Paper cutter VS Mat cutter?" | In response to Reply # 1Thu 14-Nov-13 04:19 AM
Thanks for replying to my posting. I need to look at the Dahle cutters. The key word is "Roto" and cutting paper stock.
I have a small Logan, overdue for a new roto blade, if that is the correct wording.
Thanks for your words of wisdom!!!
#5. "RE: Paper cutter VS Mat cutter?" | In response to Reply # 3dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Thu 14-Nov-13 10:41 PM
Yes, the "roto" cutters are much better than the guillotine type.
I also use a Logan 750 Simplex (40in) matt cutter. It is accurate and easy to use. The Logan Simplex cutters are perfect for most home use.
#6. "RE: Paper cutter VS Mat cutter?" | In response to Reply # 0
About two years ago I bought a Carl Green Machine Heavy Duty 36Sheet Rotary Trimmer, Model DC-238N 18" for $117 and it has served me well. It is wide enough to handle roll print paper for my 17" Epson 4900. Its has a grid marked off in one-inch increments that helps align the paper.
For longer cuts, I use a blade cutter and a piece of lumber for backing and a nice aluminum ruler that has a spongy strip along the bottom that presses on the paper during cutting. I bought the latter at an arts supply store.
My Carl rotary cutter cuts cleanly and is easy to use with a guide that allows me to cut accurately within a 1/32" or less. The most important thing is to replace the cutting mat, a long strip that goes under the paper and provides a backing for the cutting blade, when it gets frayed. I usually cut one sheet at a time to make the cut clean.