This homemade product can be useful for anyone working with paper or cardboard. It does not require high cash costs. With an exact paper, it will provide a “clean” cut of any paper size.
Before we begin to discuss the subject, we notice that today we will talk exclusively about the right cut of a sheet of paper. You can also make use of the die cuts now with special options.
Now to the object
Each of us, at least once in his life, has faced the need to cut paper (cardboard). What tools do we use for this? Of course, with scissors. If you need a more or less even cut, then a knife and a ruler are used. For absolute cleanliness, it is best to use a proprietary knife. Let’s see what are the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
Cut with scissors
This is the easiest way to cut paper. It is convenient for small work volumes and relatively small cutting lines. It is extremely difficult to make high quality cuts longer with them.
Despite the low cost of the tool and its ease of use, scissors can only be used to obtain small cut lines.
With a knife and a ruler
Certainly, this method of cutting paper is more suitable for long cuts than scissors. You just have to have certain skills and dexterity.
To do this, you can use any sharp knife that will not wrinkle or tear the paper. But it is better, of course, to use a clerical knife or a knife for construction work with retractable blades. It must be free of play so that the instrument cannot be removed from the guide bar.
As for the line
No doubt you have to choose steel. When working with wooden or plastic rulers, there is a risk that the knife will “bury” in them, and this will not greatly affect the final quality of the cut.
So we can talk again about the low cost and ease of use of the tools. However, when working with them, difficulties arise in fixing the long ruler and at the same time the risk of being injured increases.
Cutters from the factory
Its use in all cases is more convenient and efficient. Moreover, in the shops are presented a very large number of different types and types of such cutters: rollers, swords, guillotine, etc., designed for cutting paper from A4 to A1, as well as excellent in terms of price and quality…
And, as a rule, people who are seriously in love or professionally employed to work with paper and cardboard try to buy only such devices. However, there is a big minus here – the price of the instrument. While small paper cuts designed for small paper size and density can be used by many hand makers, more serious tools for cutting large paper sizes, for example, 70×100 cm, are not available to everyone. Moreover, it is possible to recover such an acquisition only by engaging in paper cutting, as it is said, on a “production” scale.