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Christmas Scrapbooking Paper Trimmer Gift Ideas

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Carl RT-200 Scrapbooking Rotary Paper TrimmerIf you are looking for a great gift idea for your mother, sister, wife or good friend, you may want to consider a rotary paper trimmer or cutter (found here). These devices are perfect for people that love to scrapbook and can be used to cut down photographs, scrapbook paper, card stock, regular paper and more. At ABC Office, we offer a huge lineup of rotary trimmers and I would like to recommend a few favorites that you may want to consider as a Christmas gift.

Keep in mind that these recommendations are for “good” rotary paper trimmers and not for cheap models that will easily break.

Christmas Paper Trimmer Gift Ideas

  • Carl RT-200 (found here) – I would like to start off with this cutter as it is one that I purchased my own wife for her scrapbooking projects. It is one that many people love to use because it features interchangeable trimming blades. Pattern examples include the B-03 deckle cut, the B-04 shorwave blade, the B-06 scallop blade, the B-08 Victorian blade and several others. Counting the straight blade, there are 10 different blades available. As far as the cutter itself goes, it works well and is excellent for individual use.
  • Carl RT-200N Rotary Paper TrimmerCarl RT-200N (found here) – For the environmentally conscious family member, we have the Carl RT-200N. It is very similar to the standard RT-200, but is made entirely of recycled materials and includes a light gathering clamp that makes it easier to see what you are cutting. This is excellent for scrapbooking, however, unique patterned blades are not available.
  • Carl DC-95N (found here) – This is an affordable rotary cutter and makes a great stocking stuffer. This tiny cutter is designed for cutting smaller material (up to 6″ long) and is ideal for its portability. This cutter is also made entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Carl DC-300N (found here) – This rotary trimmer is the answer to a scrapbooker’s dreams. It includes a built in handle, can cut up to 20 sheets of paper at a time up to 12″ long and has a small compartment where replacement blades can be stored. It features an easy-to-use cutting guide, an ergonomic cutting handle and a light-enhancing clamp. It is also made from recycled materials.
  • Carl DC-210N Personal Rotary TrimmerCarl DC-210N (found here) – Do you need a trimmer that is a little tougher than the other stuff out there? The DC-210N has a 12″ cutting length and can cut up to 36 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time! This tough little cutter features a grid and pattern on the base that makes it easy to do “common” cutting patterns. The DC-210N is totally green (not literally) being made entirely out of recycled materials.
  • Rotatrim Mastercut (found here) – This paper cutter, made by Rotatrim, is a great low to medium-volume cutter. It is designed to create straight and seamless cuts and features a self-sharpening blade design that helps keep the round blade razor-sharp for a long time. This is ideal if you are cutting material that typically dulls the blades on most other cutters. This is still a great gift idea and is excellent for trimming a wide range of paper, photos and other material.
  • Carl DC-238N (found here) – If you are looking for a heavy-duty rotary cutter as a Christmas gift, the DC-238N is one of the most affordable we offer. This cutter can cut a sheet of paper up to 18″ long and has a 36 sheet cutting capacity. The DC-238N is made from recycled materials and also includes a handy adjustable side guide and illuminating paper clamp. Because of its capacity, this cutter is excellent for cutting thicker coverstock, laminated materials and more.
  • Rotatrim Professimal M Series Rotary TrimmerRotatrim Professional (found here) – If you are looking for the Crème de la Crème cutter that is the envy of every scrapbooker and even photographer, the Rotatrim Professional is your best choice. This cutter is made in England, features a dual rail system for supporting the cutting head, has a solid wood base and uses a self-sharpening cutting blade. This cutter can handle a wide range of material and is designed to last for literally years. This is the rotary cutter the professionals use.

Hopefully this list has helped you find a few good rotary trimmer Christmas gift ideas for that loved one. We have been selling scrapbooking paper cutters and trimmers for years, so feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters and trimmers here.

Overview of Carl Wall-Mounted & Portable Locking Key Cabinets

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Locking Key CabinetsIf you’re like me, without the proper organizational tools things can quickly end up in a mess. This is especially the case with keys. If I don’t have my keys on a key ring and literally in my pocket at all times, they seem to pick themselves up and walk off.  When handling dozens of keys, something designed with organization in mind should really be used. A #10 aluminum can or a desk drawer simply isn’t going to cut it. What you should be using is a locking key cabinet (found here).

There are several reasons why you may want a locking key cabinet. If you’re a car dealership, a janitorial company, a hotel lobby or any other business that handles and organizes keys on a regular basis, you probably don’t want to keep those keys out in the open. A freely accessible key can easily be stolen and can ultimately result in lost money, property, identification or worse. If you handle building keys, car keys, room keys or other large quantities of keys, you should be using a secure locking key cabinet.

At ABC Office we currently offer three different wall-mounted locking key cabinets made by Carl Manufacturing. These cabinets come in 32, 48 and 64 key configurations. These cabinets feature key hangers on the inside of the cabinet and on the inside of the cabinet door. The door closes on the cabinet, creating a compact and rather nice looking key cabinet. When the cabinet door is shut, it can be locked for added security. The smart key lock comes with 2 keys.

When closed and locked, these key cabinets look great. They can be mounted to the wall for added security, but don’t have to be. If you prefer to keep them in a drawer or in another cabinet, you can. It includes a handle for convenient off-site key organization like you might find on a construction site.

While these cabinets lock securely and prevent access to their key contents, they also make organization extremely easy. Unlike many comparable brands and models out there, our Carl line of key cabinets includes color key tags and color key hangers, making it easy to sort, organize and access the keys. This is a great system.

As mentioned earlier, we offer three different locking key cabinets. These are the CKB-32 (found here), CKB-48 (found here) and the CKB-64 (found here). While Carl is better known for their lineup of specialized office equipment, they have a great reputation for building great products. They also manufacture a great lineup of security boxes (found here).

As is the case with any of our products, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We love to answer questions and are more than happy to provide you with quotes and additional information.

Green Office Paper Cutters Made from Recycled Materials

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Carl Green Rotary Paper Cutters Made from Recycled Plastic & MetalRegardless of whether you are a conservationist, an environmentalist or you simply want to support companies that use recycled goods; you may want to consider using a Carl paper cutter or trimmer (found here). About a year ago, Carl completely revised their cutters from the ground up. Most of their cutters and trimmers are now made from 100% recycled metal and plastic materials. This is a pretty cool endeavor on Carl’s part and is a first for any paper cutter manufacturer that I’m aware of.

Carl paper cutters really find their mark in small business and home use. My own wife uses a Carl RT-200 for her scrapbooking projects. They can be used to cut and trim down photographs, paper, card stock and more. Their cutters include features such as a grid on the baseboard, easy-to-replace cutting blades and more. Many of their cutters are capable of being used with optional patterned blades, scoring wheels and perforating wheels.

While not all Carl paper trimmers are “Green,” you can identify which are made from recycled material by the color of the paper clamp. If they feature a fluorescent green-yellow clamp, they are made from recycled wood and plastic. While this clamp is a great identifier, it also serves a very useful purpose. The green paper holder is made from a special acrylic material that helps gather and focus light, making it easier to see the object you are cutting.

At ABC Office, we currently offer 7 different green paper cutters from Carl. These include:

  1. Green Environmentally Friendly Rotary Paper CuttersCarl RBT-12 Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This is one of the smallest and most compact trimmers offered by Carl. It is designed to be compact, very portable and ideally used for light-volume cutting. It also includes a swingout ruler for added accuracy.
  2. Carl DC-95N Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This compact paper trimmer can cut paper and photos up to 6″ long. It is small enough to fit in many purses and is perfect for photo trimming.
  3. Carl RT-200N Professional Cutter (found here) – This is one of our bestsellers. It is cheap, made from recycled materials and can be used with optional cutting blades such as a scallop, pinking and squiggle cut blade.
  4. Carl DC-300N Scrapbooking Trimmer (found here) – This is considered by many to be a scrapbookers dream come true. It cuts most paper (up to 20 sheets), has all the guides and rules you want and even includes a convenient carrying handle.
  5. Carl DC-210N Heavy-Duty Rotary Trimmer (found here) – This cutter is ideal for professionals, photographers and others who need accuracy and cutting capacity. It has a 12″ cutting length and a 36 sheet cutting capacity. With common cutting patterns on the base and a razor-sharp cutting wheel, it can be used for cutting paper, card stock and photos.
  6. Carl DC-220N Rotary Trimmer (found here) – Similar to the DC-210N, this heavy-duty rotary trimmer can cut up to 36 sheets and is made from 100 percent recycled materials. It includes a paper guide, luminous clamp and a cutting grid.
  7. Carl DC-238N Heavy-Duty Trimmer (found here) – This cutter is almost identical to the DC-210N, but has a nice 18″ cutting length. It cuts 36 sheets of 20# bond paper and includes the handy luminous cutting clamp.

We are excited to offer these green paper cutters on our site. We are always excited to add more recycled products to our site. These cutters make great at-home cutters, gifts and more. They sit on just about any tabletop or desk and are extremely easy to use. Do your part to support this great company and by your Carl rotary paper trimmer today! Please call 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Can’t Find the Keys? Use a Security Key Cabinet!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Security Key CabinetsKey organization isn’t one of those things many of us think about. We usually keep keys in a pocket, on a peg in the kitchen or sitting on a counter. If you manage a fleet of vehicles, construction equipment or even multiple rooms in a building, a security key cabinet can be a lifesaver. Carl, a leading manufacturer of office equipment, makes 3 different secure key cabinets.

Having worked as a custodian myself (keeper of the keys), I have used a key cabinet for key organization. The cabinet I used, however, was open-faced and had no front door. It was easy to reach in and grab a key. While this wasn’t as big a deal for me at the time, security is a growing concern. If keys aren’t meant to be used, they shouldn’t be easily accessed.

Carl has developed a unique key management system. Their line of secure key cabinets use a special color coordination system, combined with numbers. A color-coded tag is attached to each key, which coincides with a color coded hangers. Keys can easily be removed and added without much thought.

The best feature of the Carl secure key cabinets is that they can be locked. The cabinet can actually be closed and locked with one of 2 included keys. When locked, access to contained keys is near impossible. Once needed, an authorized person can open the cabinet and access keys. It’s that easy.

Carl currently offers 3 different models

  1. Carl CKB-32 Secure Key Cabinet (32 total keys)
  2. Carl CKB-48 Locking Key Cabinet (48 total keys)
  3. Carl CKB-64 Security Key Cabinet (64 total keys)

These cabinets can be easily mounted to a wall for stability and security. These cabinets are also portable, featuring an easy carrying handle. The build quality on these cabinets is excellent, designed to hold up for years. Not only are they functional and affordable, but they look also great.

Time permitting, stop by and check out our entire line of security key cabinets here.

Carl DC-300N Premium 12″ Rotary Paper Trimmer Review

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Carl DC-300N Premium Rotary Paper TrimmerWhen people ask me what paper trimmer I recommend for scrapbook operations, I almost always recommend a Carl paper trimmer. This isn’t because Fiskars, Purple Cows and other brands are necessarily bad, it is because Carl goes above and beyond what you would expect in a paper trimmer. One recent addition to our site, which will probably be a huge hit with the scrabookers, is the Carl DC-300N premium 12″ rotary paper trimmer (found here). This is my review.

Carl manufactures a wide variety of paper trimmers. This varies from handheld pizza-cutter-like trimmers to high-end professional trimmers for photographers. Carl paper trimmers are affordable. A few years back I purchased an RT-200 for my wife and she absolutely loves it.

The Carl DC-300N has a lot going for it. To begin with, it is made from 100 percent recycled materials. This is pretty cool in my book, and if you’re trying to be more green, an environmentally-friendly paper trimmer like the DC-300N is a great option. Both the metal and plastic components are made from recycled materials.

One feature everyone expects to have in a scrapbook-capable paper cutter is portability. While portability may not be a feature you need in a rotary paper trimmer, this cutter includes a built-in handle. Just grab the cutter and go! It also features several storage compartments where you can place extra blades. 

Blades on the DC-300N are extremely easy to swap out. Not special tools are required. The cutting head itself keeps the blade safely covered during the entire cutting process, making the DC-300N extremely safe. The cutting head is also ergonomically designed to fit in the palm of your hand, making the trimming operation seamless. The blade itself is a premium carbide blade.

While you would expect a paper trimmer to cut only paper, the DC-300N can also be used to trim card stock, photographs, laminated material and more. It has a 20 sheet cutting capacity (with 20lb paper), so it is a pretty robust little cutter, especially considering the low price.

Accuracy may be one of the DC-300N’s highest selling points. The cutting blade is designed to stay true, stable and accurate during the entire cutting process. A built-in clamp helps to keep paper in place, eliminating the dreaded crooked cut. Specially patented Carl cutting rails also help keep things sturdy. This cutter is also pre-calibrated prior to shipping, ensuring accuracy.

One cool feature that I really like, which also helps contribute to accuracy, is the luminous paper holder. This is the green/yellow looking plastic piece you see in the picture. This holder is designed to gather light and highlight the item being trimmed. This puts you in control of the cutting process and makes it extremely easy to see what’s going on.

As you would expect with any rotary paper trimmer, the Carl DC-300N has a series of graphics, grids and rulers printed right on the base of the cutter. This makes it easy to align material for cutting. An adjustable paper clamp also helps you line up your cut.

Overall I have to say that this is a solid little cutter. While it isn’t designed for high-volume cutting, it is perfect for scrabooking, hobby cutting, photo trimming and much more.

You can find the Carl DC-300N premium 12″ rotary paper trimmer here and our entire line of rotary paper cutters here.

New Carl Rotary Paper Trimmers Now Online

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Carl Rotary Paper TrimmersCarl rotary paper trimmers are some of the most popular trimmers we offer. There are many reasons for this. To begin with, Carl paper cutters are extremely affordable. There are a variety of different designs to choose from and many of them are available with interchangeable blades. Car trimmers are a huge hit with scrapbookers, photographers, hobbyists and others that need precision cutting. We are proud to announce that we have just added 7 new models to our site.

Carl has made many changes to their new lineup of rotary paper trimmers. These changes, in my opinion, are for the better. To begin with, their new paper trimmers are made from recycled materials. This is environmentally friendly and a rarity among paper trimmer manufacturers.

I’m also a big fan of the new color scheme. Carl trimmers used to have a blue and gray look, but now have a metal gray and black look. The new look is very modern and looks excellent sitting on a desk or table. Most of the new Carl trimmers are extremely portable and many even include a built-in handle.

One of the biggest changes is the addition of a luminous paper holder. This holder has a fluorescent yellow/green look to it. It is designed to gather ambient light; focusing the light on the item you are cutting. Because it is easier to see what you are trimming, cuts turn out better.

Carl Rotary Paper TrimmersHere are the new Carl trimmers we just added to our site:

We are excited to have these new trimmers on our site. We have always had great luck with Carl. A few years ago I purchased an RT-200 for my wife and she loves it. I am certain you will love these new rotary paper trimmers. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Why Use Carl Paper Trimmers?

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Carl Paper TrimmersPaper cutters and trimmers come in all shapes, sizes and designs. What makes one trimmer better than another? A lot of it has to do with the build quality, reputation and price. Carl, manufacturer of several different paper trimmers, has developed a reputation for making great trimmers at an affordable price. Is a Carl paper trimmer a good choice for you? Let’s find out.

To begin with, about 90%+ of Carl’s paper trimmers are what’s known as rotary paper cutters. They use a small pizza cutter-like blade that rolls around in a specially designed cutting head. This wheel rolls across paper, cutting it in the process. Rotary paper cutters are known for being accurate and ideal for use in photography, and perfect for scrapbooking purposes. Carl also makes a few different 2 and 3-hole paper punches as well as an entry-level corner rounder.

I would consider Carl to be on par with most entry to mid-level paper cutters, such as Fiskars. The quality isn’t up to high-volume cutting levels, like Rotatrim, but they work great for home and small business use.

The Carl RT-200 / RT-218 and the DC line (DC-210, DC-238 & DC-250) of paper trimmers are by far the most popular trimmers available. These cutters feature interchangeable blades that are extremely popular for crafts and scrapbooking. Some of these interchangeable blades include:

  • Perforating Blade
  • Scoring Blade

The RT-200 / RT-218 and CC-10 include unique trimming blades such as:

  • Deckle Cut Blade
  • Shortwave Blade
  • Pinking Blade
  • Scallop Blade
  • Squiggle Blade
  • Victorian Blade
  • Colonial Blade
  • Wave Blade

This combination of different blades, interchangeable blades and overall reliability make our Carl paper trimmers a hit. I even purchased an RT-200 for my wife for her own photo-trimming projects.

So is the Carl line of paper cutters perfect for everyone? I wouldn’t recommend Carl paper trimmers for print shops, copy centers or larger businesses, but I would certainly recommend them for home use, school use, small-business use and other occasional cutting projects. Carl paper trimmers look great and are very portable.

You can find our selection of Carl paper trimmers here and our entire selection of paper cutters and trimmers here.

Carl HC-72 Heavy Duty 3-Hole Paper Punch Review

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Carl HC-72 Heavy Duty 3 Hole Paper PunchThree-hole paper punching is one of the most common office activities, just below stapling. This is because many businesses use 3-ring binders to store and organize material. The only problem is that a lot of 3-hole paper punches out there are complete garbage, with many breaking simply by punching a few too many sheets of paper. If you need an ol’ reliable type of paper punch, you need the Carl HC-72 3-hole paper punch (found here). This is why.

To begin with, the Carl HC-72 looks great. It features a stylish multi-colored design. It is light enough to be used on any desk, yet heavy-duty enough to handle most 3-hole punching jobs. The HC-72 has several advantages.

The Carl HC-72 uses a solid beam handle that is leveraged in such a way that paper punching is easy and effortless. In fact, the HC-72 is capable of punching up to 72 sheets of standard 20lb paper per pass. This makes hole punching jobs easy and fast.

Many cheep molded sheet metal hole punches bend and break when punching too many sheets of paper. The HC-72 features all-metal construction that allows this hole punch to slice and dice paper without suffering any ill effects. Simply put, it is one of the most solid 3-hole paper punches out on the market.

Have you ever used a 3-hole paper punch only to discover that the last 2-3 sheets of paper don’t punch? This is annoying, can cause problems and simply shouldn’t happen. The Carl HC-72 utilizes special cutting disks that ensure that even the last sheet of paper is effectively punched.

Another annoying feature of many standard 3-hole punches is that they quickly become dull and usually have to be thrown away. The HC-72 uses specially hardened punching dies designed to hold up well with continued use.

If for any reason one of the punching dies becomes dull, replacement punching heads may be purchased and used to replaced the dull head. This saves you money and cuts down on waste.

Overall I consider the Carl HC-72 to be a solid office 3-hole paper punch ideal for use in the office, in schools, in churches and other organizations. For the price, the value can’t be beat.

You can find the Carl HC-72 3-hole paper punch here. You will find our entire selection of office paper hole punches here.

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