Posts Tagged ‘Paper Cutters’

Top 10 Best Scrapbooking Paper Cutters for Christmas 2011

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Best Scrapbooking Paper Cutters for ChristmasIf you are a scrapbooker, are married to one or have a close friend that loves scrapbooking, you probably know that a paper cutter is their closest friend. These paper cutters are used for trimming down paper, cutting cardstock or re-sizing photographs. Many even include special perforating, scoring or patterned blades. At ABC Office, we offer some excellent cutters that are a hit with our scrapbooking customers.

A diehard scrapbooker will probably use their paper cutter at least a couple of times a week. Because repetitive use is a must, and the fact that the paper cutter will be used often, it is important to get a cutter that can hold up for a long time. We have found that three brands in particular seem to have a great reputation. These brands include Carl, Dahle and Rotatrim.

While there are several styles of paper cutters out there, the rotary style seems to be the best all-round cutter for precision trimming of paper and photos. These types of cutters have a round blade that sits inside a housing that slides along a rail. As the blade moves along the rail, it spins (like a pizza cutter). This design makes paper cutting extremely easy.

Top 10 Best Scrapbooking Paper Cutters for Christmas 2011

  1. Carl DC-300N Rotary Paper Trimmer – This trimmer is feature rich, extremely affordable and has an impressive 20 sheet cutting capacity. It can cut cardstock, mat board, paper, photos and more!
  2. Carl DC-238N Heavy Duty Rotary Trimmer – This trimmer can cut 36 sheet of paper at a time! It features an impressive 18″ cutting length and is made out of 100% recycled materials.
  3. Dahle 507, 508 & 507K Personal Rotary Trimmers – This trimmers are affordable, compact and great for taking from one place to another.
  4. Carl RT-200N Professional Rotary Trimmer – This trimmer is available under $50, is made from recycled materials and is excellent for daily use. It replaces the previous bestseller the RT-200.
  5. Rotatrim Professional M Series Rotary Paper Cutter – While this trimmer may be on the higher end of the price scale, this British-made cutter will probably also last a good 10 years. This is the cutter professional photographers use.
  6. Carl DC-220N Heavy Duty Rotary Trimmer – With a 36 sheet cutting capacity, a luminous cutting clamp and a wide range of cutting patterns on the base, this cutter makes paper trimming easy.
  7. Rotatrim Mastercut MC Series Paper Cutter – Once known as the monorail, this Rotatrim paper cutter is sturdy, features a square rail and is excellent for precision cutting.
  8. Dahle 550, 552 & 554 Professional Rotary Paper Cutters – These cutters are very popular with photographers, artists and others that need reliable paper cutting. German engineered to perfection, these cutters mean business.
  9. Carl DC-100N Personal Rotary Trimmer – This paper cutter is compact, can fit in a purse and is great for the hobbyist. While it isn’t designed for heavy-duty cutting, it is still a high-quality compact trimmer that won’t disappoint you.

These paper cutters all have a proven track record. They are great for scrapbookers and should make an excellent Christmas gift. If you’re not sure which of these fine cutters are best for you, please don’t hesitate to call one of our paper cutting experts at 1-800-658-8788. They will be able to help guide you to the right cutter and answer all your questions.

You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here and our wide selection of paper cutters here.

Manufacturer Spotlight: Tamerica Binding Machines

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Tamerica Office EquipmentIf you’re shopping around for a binding machine, or even a laminator or paper cutter, one manufacturer you may want to consider using is Tamerica. Established in 1985, Tamerica Products Incorporated (TPI) has been manufacturing and distributing office machines for over 24 years. ABC Office has been selling Tamerica products for decades and they are considered a customer favorite.

Tamerica states that they operate under process-oriented principles of Kaizen, which is Japanese for “improvement” or “change for the better.” In true form, Tamerica is always making improvements and increasing the performance of their machines.

Tamerica is best known to our customers for their line of binding machines. Their 190PB, 210PB, 213PB and TCC 210EPB comb binding machines are particularly popular. These binding machines all utilize durable metal components and are known for their rich features for little cost. You can find our entire selection of Tamerica comb binding machines here.

Tamerica V2000-Pro SecureBind Binding MachineA few years ago Tamerica released one of the first-ever alternatives to the GBC VeloBind bookbinding format known as SecureBind. SecureBind, found in their V2000-Pro, uses the same hole pattern and thermal process as standard GBC VeloBind machines, but at a fraction the cost. The V2000-Pro has an impressive 2″ binding capacity.

While Tamerica is extremely well known for their binding machines, they also manfacture an impressive line of stack paper cutters, roll laminating machines, pouch laminators, business card cutters, paper folding machines, laminating film and workstations.

Here are just a few of Tamericas most popular cutters, laminators and folding machines

Tamerica is continually developing new machines, so be sure to check back often to see what’s available. You can find our entire selection of Tamerica office equipent here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Different Types of Paper Cutters & Trimmers

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Paper Cutters from ABC OfficeIt isn’t uncommon for a customer to ask me what the difference is between a guillotine cutter and a rotary cutter. With about a half dozen different “styles” of paper cutters out there, it’s easy to get stumped. So what are the different types of paper cutters and trimmers and which is best for you? I’ll go through them in this article.

One common question I get asked is, “Is there a difference between an paper cutter and a paper trimmer?” Both paper cutter and trimmer are fairly interchangeable, however, paper trimmer is typically applied to lower-volume machines where paper cutter is applied to just about everything.

As previously mentioned, there are about a half dozen different types of paper cutters. All of these cutters have different uses and purposes, depending on the application. I will briefly explain all 6 different styles.

Rotary Paper CuttersRotary Paper Cutters – Rotary paper cutters use a round blade (some a simple razor blade) that sits in some sort of a cutting head. The cutting head sits on a rail and slides back and forth, cutting paper. Rotary paper cutters are known for their extreme precision and are very popular for cutting photos.

Guillotine Paper CuttersGuillotine Paper Cutters
– Guillotine paper cutters, sometimes called arm or lever cutters, are great multi-purpose machines. They typically consist of a cutting blade and a long blade arm that can be pulled down for cutting material. These cutters are generally very accurate and can be used to cut paper, card stock and more.

Stack Paper CuttersStack Paper Cutters
– Stack paper cutters are beasts, designed to cut hundreds of sheets of paper at a time. These cutters are commonly used at print shops for cutting down prints and other material. They are also popular for cutting down larger sheets of paper into custom-size paper. There are a variety of industrial and commercial applications for stack cutters. These typically come in manual, semi-auto and fully automatic variations.

Hydraulic Paper CuttersHydraulic Paper Cutters – Hydraulic paper cutters are probably the toughest and most robust paper cutters available. These cutters typically come in a stack paper cutter design and are generally used for high-volume cutting throughout the day. These are often used in factories, print shops, paper plants and in other businesses that handle thousands upon thousands of sheets of paper per day.

Corner Cutting MachinesCorner Cutters – Corner counters, often called corner rounders, are used for lopping of sharp corners from paper. These useful machines can often round the corners of a stack of paper in excess of 100 sheets at a time. A variety of different radius sizes are usually available.

Form Cutters & SlittersForm Cutters – Form cutters, sometimes called paper slitters, are designed to auto feed paper and slit it down to size. Many form cutters offer the option of scoring and perforating along with slitting. These types of machines are great for producing marketing material and can often make several cuts simultaneously.

Regardless of the paper cutter you end up using, ABC Office offers one of the largest selections available online. We carry paper cutters from popular brands like Carl, Dahle, Triumph, Kutrimmer, Foster, Rotatrim, Tamerica and many others. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

Booklet Makers & Paper Cutters – A Match Made In The Print Shop

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Skewed Booklet Maker PaperBooklet makers are wonderful machines. They take what would normally require a saddle stapler and a folding machine and do everything in a single pass. One common complaint when it comes to booklet makers is how the edges can sometimes become crooked or slanted. There are several reasons for this.

To begin with, as a booklet gets thicker, the spine of the booklet gets thicker as well. This causes the opposite front edges of the paper to slope at an angle, coinciding with the thickness of the stapled spine. Take a stack of 20-30 sheets of paper and fold them in half. You’ll see what I am talking about. The front edges just aren’t straight. No amount of adjustments on a booklet-making machine can fix this problem.

While this may all sound a little confusing, it all boils down to this. Thinner books don’t usually suffer from angled edges, where thicker books do. So what can be done about this?

Folded Booklet Maker Sheets

The most common solution, especially when binding thicker booklets together, is to use a stack paper cutter to straighten up the edges. A guillotine paper cutter may be used for light-volume booklet making. This solution basically lops off the angled edge of the front of the booklet.

You essentially take your stack of bound booklets and place them in the stack cutter. You will want to make adjustments to the stack cutter so that the blade will cut off the paper approximately where the cover sheet ends. This will allow all the sheets of paper to have the same even front edge. This is a very common practice when it comes to booklet makers.

If you are using a booklet maker for binding thicker booklets, I personally recommend using a stack paper cutter for medium to high-volume booklet making or a guillotine paper cutter for low-volume booklet making.

You can find our entire selection of booklet makers here, guillotine cutters here and stack paper cutters here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any booklet making questions. We are more than happy to help.

Question: Can Lack Of Use Dull A Paper Cutter?

Friday, April 1st, 2011

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.

Can A Paper Cutter Be A Perforator?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Carl Rotary Paper CuttersEvery so often I speak with customers who one way or another end up on or paper perforator index. They often get a little overwhelmed after seeing the high-end industrial paper perforators that we offer. Many of them simply want either a handheld or a basic manual perforator. One place I often tell them to go is our rotary paper cutter index. This is why.

To begin with, many of our rotary paper cutters have the option of using optional cutting attachments. Some of these cutting attachments are perforating wheels. As long as you aren’t expecting high-volume perforating output, many of these paper cutters will get the job done quickly and efficiently.

I have come up with a list of paper cutters that can be used as perforators. Remember, most of these paper cutters only come with a cutting wheel. The perforating wheel usually has to be purchased as an optional accessory.

Paper Cutters That Are Also Perforators

  1. Carl CC-10 Handheld Rotary Trimmer
  2. Carl DC-95 & DC-100 Rotary Trimmers
  3. Carl DC-200 Series Cutters (DC-210, DC-220, DC-238, DC-250)
  4. Carl RT-200 & RT-218 Trimmers
  5. Dahle 360 & 370 Hobby Trimmers
  6. Dahle 507 Personal Paper Trimmer
  7. Tamerica TM-20 Paper Trimmer

These cutters all have a great reputation as long as they are used the way they are intended. Many of these cutters also offer wavy cut, deckle cut and other pattern-cut blades. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here and paper perforators here.

Replacement Cutting Blades for Dahle, Triumph, Kutrimmer, Neolt & More!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Replacement Paper Cutter BladesDid you know that you can breath new life into your paper cutter or trimmer by simply replacing the cutting blade? As blades begin to dull, paper cutters begin to cut fewer and fewer sheets. Cuts can begin to become crooked, jagged and ultimately begin to look awful. Luckily, we offer replacement cutting blades.

I have spoken with several customers that were literally on the verge of buying a new paper cutter, when all they needed was a new blade. I have also spoken with several people that have had stack paper cutters that had no idea that they could re-sharpen the blade. Both of these tips will save you a lot of money.

At ABC office we carry paper cutter blades for a variety of paper cutter brands. The easiest way to find a blade that will fit your machine is to find the exact make and model on our site. We try to place replacement blades on paper cutter product pages.

You can find our paper cutters sorted by manufacturer here:

We are also able to get replacement cutter blades for most discontinued models. If you see your brand listed here, but are unable to find your specific model, give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We can probably get you the replacement cutting blade you are looking for.

If for any reason your cutter is damaged or needs to be replaced, you can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

Manufacturer Spotlight: MBM Corporation

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

MBM CorporationThe MBM Corporation is one of the leading dealers of paper shredders, paper cutters, trimmers, folding machines, booklet makers and collators in the USA. Established in 1936, MBM continues to be an office equipment powerhouse and a favorite of ABC Office customers.

MBM is currently headquartered in historical Charleston, South Carolina. They currently produce the Destroyit line of shredders along with the popular line of Triumph and Kutrimmer paper cutters. MBM’s parent company is IDEAL Krug & Priester of Germany.

MBM currently has an intricate network of dealers both locally and online. We at ABC Office have been selling MBM office equipment for several decades. One reason MBM is so popular is the build quality. There is something about the German engineered and built equipment that seems to stand the test of time.

One of MBM’s most popular lines of office products is their Destroyit line of paper shredders. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times government (federal & local), military and other businesses request Destroyit paper shredders by name. This is because Destroyit shredders get the job done. They feature high quality cutting blades and the ability to hold up to daily use for years upon years without breaking down.

You can view our entire selection of MBM office products here:

We are an authorized dealer of MBM office products, which means our Service Department is able to offer you parts, servicing and repair work on any MBM model. You can request parts and servicing by filling out this form.

What Is Solingen Steel?

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Paper Cutters With Solingen SteelYou’ll find reading my reviews and browsing through several of our products that many of our paper cutters claim to utilize a special metal called Solingen steel. They make this claim as if Solingen steel is something special, something that makes their products better than others. So what is Solingen steel? I’ll explain.

To begin with Solingen is a city in Germany. It should come as no surprise our guillotine trimmers and stack cutters that offer Solingen steel blades are German made machines. Are you seeing the larger picture yet?

Solingen steel is considered to be some of the best steel around. While it technically is “just steel,” Solingen has developed a great reputation when it comes to cutlery and sword making.

Solingen, GermanyWikipedia has this to say about Solingen:

Solingen is called the “City of Blades”, since it has long been renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors and razors made by famous firms such as DOVO Solingen, Wüsthof, J. A. Henckels, Böker, Eickhorn-Solingen, and numerous other manufacturers. Wilkinson is also based here. Compare with Sheffield and Birmingham in England.

Blacksmith smelters, dating back to over 2000 years, have been found around the town adding to Solingen’s fame as a Northern Europe blacksmith center. Swords from Solingen have turned up in places such as the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the British Isles. Northern Europe prized the quality of Solingen’s manufactured weaponry, and they were traded across the European continent. Solingen today remains the knife-center of Germany.

So there you have it. Solingen steel, used in many of our cutters comes from Solingen, Germany. A paper cutter that uses Solingen steel is probably going to be a high-quality product.

Brands that I am aware of who use Solingen steel in their machines include Dahle and MBM (Kutrimmer / Triumph).

You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

How To Find Replacement Cutting Blades

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Replacement Cutting Blades from ABC OfficeIf you own a paper cutter, you probably know that inevitably the blade will eventually become dull. While some paper cutters, such as stack and guillotine trimmers, have blades that can be re-sharpened, most cutters’ blades need to be replaced. Finding a replacement cutting blade can be a huge frustration. At ABC Office we offer a wide variety of replacement cutting blades, knives and more.

At ABC Office, one of the easiest ways to find replacement cutting blades is to find the actual paper cutter you own. Once you have found the cutter, the blades are typically listed about halfway down the product page under the “Options and Accessories.” We carry replacement blades for the following brands:

We separate our paper cutters into a few different categories. This includes rotary paper cutters, guillotine paper trimmers and stack paper cutters. We also carry replacement perforator blades, scoring wheels and slitting wheels for a variety of different forms cutters. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here.

If you don’t see your paper cutter brand listed, it is possible we may still be able to get you a replacement blade. We are also able to get blades for discontinued paper cutters as well. If you are having trouble finding your specific model of cutter, feel free to call our paper cutter specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

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