Carl RT-200 / RT-218 Rotary Paper Cutter Review

Carl RT-200 and RT-218 Rotary Paper CuttersAre you a scrapbooker or need a paper cutter for cutting down paper, photographs and card stock using interchangeable blades with different cutting patterns? One line of cutters you may want to consider using is the Carl RT-200 or the Car RT-218 rotary paper cutters (found here). I have personally used these cutters and this is my review.

I originally got a Carl RT-200 for my wife as a Christmas present. She really liked it and ended up asking me to buy a few additional cutting blades. The Carl RT-200 comes with a straight blade, but optional blades may be purchased. These blades include a scoring blade, a perforating blade, a scallop blade, a Victorian blade and many more. In all, there are about 11 blades you can get for the RT-200 and RT-218.

Deckle Cut Blade for the Carl RT-200 and RT-218My wife primarily uses the RT-200 to cut down photographs, but has also used it to cut down patterned paper. You know, the paper that you get at craft stores that has flowers and stuff printed on it. As a guy, and being pretty unfamiliar with the scrapbooking world, I don’t know the exact terminology for this stuff.

Victorian Cutting Blade for the Carl RT-200 and RT-218My wife has had the RT-200 for about two years now and it still works well. The blades themselves are very easy to change out, so if for any reason a blade does go dull, no problem. I’m not saying my wife is hard to please, but if she still likes the cutter after two years, it’s a pretty safe bet many people will as well.

Colonial Blade for the Carl RT-200 and RT-218The RT-200 and RT-218 aren’t designed for high-volume cutting. They are primarily targeted towards hobby, scrapbooking and light-volume use. For the price though, they are great little cutters.

Both cutters are rated at cutting 10 sheets of standard 20# paper at a time. The only difference between both models of cutter is the cutting length. The RT-200 has a 12-inch cutting length and the RT-218 has an 18-inch cutting length.

Having used these cutters myself, I have to say that my overall impression is pretty high. Both the Carl RT-200 and RT-218 easily compete with (and exceed) Fiskars, Purple Cows and other popular hobby cutters.

You can find both the Carl RT-200 and RT-218 rotary paper trimmers here. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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