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Question: Can Lack Of Use Dull A Paper Cutter?

MBM Kutrimmer 1046 Guillotine Paper CutterI recently had a customer ask if not using a paper cutter for a long period of time could potentially cause it to dull or corrode. I had never really put much thought into this prior to the customer asking the question, so I decided to do a little research. This is what I found out.

To begin with, most high-end paper cutting blades are made from hardened stainless steel. This steel, when left inactive for a while, will not dull with time. The only issue that may happen, depending on the quality of the blade, is it could potentially rust. Rust, if it occurs on the sharpened portion of the blade, could potentially cause a blade to dull.

If you only use your paper cutter one or two times a year (or less), there are some preventative things you can do to prolong the life of the blade and eliminate rust and other corrosion. This applies to rotary, guillotine or stack cutter blades.

What I recommend is to use knife oil and apply it to the paper cutter blade. This oil will not cause any problems with the blade unless you are dealing with an electric paper cutter, in which case you will simply need to make sure the oil doesn’t get on any electronics.

If knife oil is not available, or is too expensive, gun oil will do the trick as well. Both knife oil and gun oil help prevent corrosion and even include rust inhibiting properties.

Once you break the paper cutter back out for use, you may experience a little oil residue on material while cutting. What I recommend is cutting a few sheets of blank paper until the oil residue is gone.

These tips should help keep your inactive paper cutter up and running for years to come. If for any reason you need new blades for your cutter, feel free to call one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788. They should be able to find the right cutting blade for your paper cutter.

If your paper cutter is out of commission or you need a replacement, you can find our entire selection of 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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