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Old 10-07-2004, 08:00 AM   #1
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Default Fiskars blades dull too soon? Try this...

I LOVE my new Fiskars trimmer but the blades seem to dull so quickly, especially when cutting cardstock for big stamp camps. I always trim my paper from top to bottom, meaning I start with the blade at the top of my trimmer and pull towards me. It dawned on me that if you remove the orange plastic cutting blade and insert it the other way, you've got a fresh, sharp edge on the other side. This doubles the life of your cutting blade. I just dug 2 old blades out of the trash and once I found the newer side, they were sharp as ever. Hope this helps!
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:03 AM   #2
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Thanks for the tip! These blades do seem to dull quickly.
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:04 AM   #3
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GREAT Tip! Thanks for sharing it. That thought never even occured to me!

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Never thought of that one! Thanks
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thought about it once a while aga, but forgot again- thanks for the reminder
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I am so glad I tossed the last one I replaced in my bin, for lack of wanting to walk to the trash can! What luck!

Thanks for the tip - this never crossed my mind!

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GREAT tip, Michelle! Thank You
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Great tip. Never thought of it. Thanks for sharing!!
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After posting, I thought to myself...does everybody already know this? I'm glad I could help out!
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I LOVE my new Fiskars trimmer but the blades seem to dull so quickly, especially when cutting cardstock for big stamp camps
Also, when cutting Ultrasmooth, white or vanilla, you sometimes think the blades are dull because the edge feathers when you cut. Actually, the blade may not BE dull; it's because of the way Ultrasmooth card stock is made that causes the feathering when used in the Fiskars or similar style cutter--even with a brand new blade.

Try putting a piece of typing paper directly beneath the ultrasmooth, where the blade will cut, and voil√°--no feathered edge!
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Try putting a piece of typing paper directly beneath where ultrasmooth, where the blade where cut, and voil√°--no feathered edge![/quote]

Crap. Do you know how many blades I've already tossed because of this? Thanks Julie.
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Julie, I will have to try that. I finally realized that the Ultrasmooth must have a different composition because it always feathers. Here's another thing I did after cutting up cardstock for 65 50th wedding anniversary invites. I had a stack about an 1" high of white cardstock pieces. They were definitely feathery even though I used a brand new blade. I stacked it together really tightly and tapped it on the table top to get one side of the stack all even....then I took my sanding block used for shrink plastic and gently sanded the edge of the paper stack. Then I repeated for each side....sure beat sanding each block separately.
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I cut some cardstock one way (top to bottom) and other cardstock the other way (bottom to top) then I got use out of both sides of the blade...
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I always cut in one direction and turn my blade around too. Also you can mark an x on the dull side with a sharpie so you know which side is dull if you take it out and then you also know at a glance if it should be turned around or tossed.
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Another great use for a Sharpie..thanks for sharing!!
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After ever use I do this. I have have the same blade for about 7-8 months and it's just starting to go. I think it says on the package to do this.
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After every use I do this. I have have the same blade for about 7-8 months and it's just starting to go. I think it says on the package to do this.
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Thanks for the tips. I had not been turing my bade around and I had noticed the problem when cuttin US Vanilla recently.
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My blade falls out every once in a while so who knows which way I put it back in :>) I just use until it seems dull then pitch it.

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wonder why the us cardstock gets hairy like that? i thought it was my blade too. also i noticed that when you cut thicker cardstock or 2 sheets it feathers less than if the paper is thinner.
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Thanks so much for sharing that tip -- a real DUH moment for me!

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Well, I'll be darned! THAT'S why my edges always feathered. Oh, and Buttons, if you email or call Fiskars, they will send you a new ruler part for your cutter. My blade kept coming out, too, and they sent me a brand new ruler that so far is working just fine.
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