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Craft Cutters: The Right Slice Tool for Your Next Project

As the name implies, craft cutters are widely used in many different hobbies and crafts. Here we take a look come popular hobbies and which Slice® cutters fit your needs. A good place to start when exploring craft cutting is to identify some of the most common tools for the job.

What is a Craft Cutter?

Craft cutters cover a wide range of bladed tools used to cut various types of materials for craft or hobby projects. The tools are designed to fit well in the hand and have a solid grip to prevent slippage. Also, the blades are sized and shaped to take on particular tasks, be that cutting through thick or tough materials or doing intricate detail work.

Here is a list of some of the more popular craft tools for cutting:

  • utility or hobby knives
  • precision cutters
  • pen knives
  • box cutters

The Right Craft Cutter for Your Project

Slice makes a wide range of tools for your craft cutters supply box, depending on the demands of your particular projects or tasks. Smaller knives are aimed at detail work, while larger cutters work better for more robust materials and bigger cuts. The length of the blade is also a consideration: the longer the blade, the deeper it can cut, and vice versa.

Many Slice craft cutters include a retractable and replaceable blade, with either an auto-retracting, smart-retracting, or manual-retracting feature. For most crafters, a blade that locks in place will likely be the preferred model.

All Slice craft knife blades are ceramic and finger-friendly®—that is, they resist cutting skin. The safer experience of Slice cutters makes them an excellent choice for children, seniors, and movement-challenged crafters.

Further, Slice blades are more durable than their metal counterparts, lasting 11 times longer. That’s great value and fewer changed blades.

What types of crafts can our tools be used for? Let’s take a look.

Scrapbooking and Card Making: Choice Craft Paper Cutters

Slice cutters are ideal for any papercraft project, such as scrapbooking and card making.

From the Slice line of Precision Cutters, the Craft Knife, with its fixed, replaceable blade, is ideal for materials like paper and photographs (as well as thicker materials), as are the Ceramic Scissors. The latter are great with long, straight lines or big curves, while the Craft Knife is more maneuverable. They’ll even cut delicate crepe paper nicely, as this video demonstrates.

For fine detail work on thinner materials, the Slice Precision Cutter is your dream come true. It fits in your hand just like a pen and the small blade is incredibly maneuverable. The rubber handle makes for an excellent grip. It’s a gem for cutting intricate shapes and curved lines. See it and the Craft Knife blades in use here (take note that Slice now offers a Craft Knife, which features a handle that is weighted and balanced and has a textured grip for great control; it’s also designed to work equally well in the right or left hand).

Slice Precision Cutter is the most popular among Slice Craft Cutters

Scratchboarding

Several scratchboard artists are finding that Slice tools are a great addition to their art-making tool box. As noted in the article “Scratchboard Tools From Slice: A Welcome Addition to Scratchboard Art”: “Scratchboard artists who already use the Slice tools as part of their arsenal find that the tools make the demanding and tedious process of creating scratchboard art easier, less time-intensive, and less stressful on their hands.”

Two Slice tools that work particularly well for this art form are the Precision Cutter and the Craft Knife. See fine scratchboard artist Paul Hopman using the latter in several scenes of this video:

Vinyl Crafting

Many Slice customers enjoy using our tools for vinyl and polycarbonate sheets. These materials are frequently used with stencilling, working with adhesives, and building RC models. The Craft Cutter gives more control than a standard metal blade, and it’s less prone to slipping and ruining expensive materials. For less intricate cuts, the Safety Cutter cuts through vinyl and polycarbonate while safeguarding fingers and hands. Comfortable grips and proper handle weighting add to ease of use.

Leather Crafting

Leather crafters rejoice. Slice blades are great at cutting leather. Master leathersmith Joshua Watts loves his Slice Craft Knife and the Slice Manual Box Cutter. The former he uses for detail work while the latter is great for cutting long lines on big pieces of leather.

Slice blades make a cleaner cut through leather and require less pressure than metal blades. Also, Slice’s finger-friendly® technology means not having to suffer frequent cuts.

For more information about leather craft blades and the benefits of Slice cutters in leathercrafting, see Choosing Leather Cutting Tools that Make the Cut.

Coupon Cutting

While going after the coupon section of your newspaper may not sound very crafty, it’s a passionate hobby shared by many. The savings may be great, but tired hands and cut fingers are definitely not.

Slice offers an innovative solution with its small but effective Safety Cutter. This little powerhouse features a micro-ceramic blade that’ll glide through paper but resist cutting your skin. Its rubberized texture makes it easy to grip and the ergonomic design means less fatigue.

Want to know more about using this handy tool for coupon cutting? Check out this blog post about why the Safety Cutter is the couponer’s BFF.

Slice Craft Cutters in Action

You’re likely getting the idea that for just about any craft that requires cutting, there’s a Slice tool that can do the job. But seeing is believing. So let’s check out a couple more demos of the cutters doing their thing.

First up, foam core boards have loads of uses in the decoration and crafting worlds. Make a picture frame. Cover the foam in fabric, decorate as desired, and use it as a pinboard. Sculpt it into artsy shapes and use as a decoration. Pinterest has loads of projects using foam core boards.

The Slice Craft Knife will do the trick for any foam core board craft project. Just see how easily it gets through foam core’s much sturdier cousin: gator board.

Slice tools are also great for the applique paper and vinyl used in quilting. For the former, once again the Craft Knife as well as the Ceramic Scissors and even the ever-handy Safety Cutter work well. For rigid vinyl plastic sheets, the scissors are best. See for yourself.

For those who enjoy airbrushing, the Safety Cutter and Precision Cutter work well on frisket film. This demo shows how the former is great for straight lines, while the Precision Cutter is great for curves and details. 

Safe, Durable, Effective Craft Cutters

Before suffering another cut while creating your beautiful crafts, try out a craft cutter from Slice’s line-up. Safe, effective, and durable, and able to cut through a wide variety of materials cleanly, Slice craft cutters are, well, a cut above.

 

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