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Old 01-05-2022, 07:30 PM   #1  
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Default Scoring tool for Scor Pal is too thick to work well!

I have been using the scoring tool that comes with my Scor Pal but it's really just too thick, and often jumps out of the groove when I use it on heavy cardstock. Does anyone have a bone folder or tool that works better? I've read reviews of the Scor Pal that have the same complaints about the tool that comes with it. Why in the world would they make a tool that doesn't work well with the board it was designed for?!
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I usually use a medium size ball stylus, as in the sort used for old-fashioned dry embossing.
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I usually use a medium size ball stylus, as in the sort used for old-fashioned dry embossing.
Same.

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I have the Stampin' Up tool that is designed for their scoring board. I have used it for years in other brands of boards. It has 2 balls on the ends like the one suggested. Fits into the grooves perfectly.
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Thanks, I have one of those and will give it a try. Off to experiment!
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Thanks everyone for your suggestion of using the embossing tool with the ball on the end. As I actually have one of those it will be easy to give it a try. I'm just surprised that they didn't design their scoring tool better to bit their scoring board.
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I have two Scor-Pal boards and have found that the tool wears down over time. I regularly take some sandpaper to the end and re-shape it to work better in the slots. Takes about 2 minutes.

As an alternative I have a teflon bone folder that works absolutely wonderful...and I have a couple of styluses that work great as well. With any of these I need to be a bit more gentle when I use 80 pound paper since I can tear the paper with them.
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I've heard just as often of people having the opposite problem of what you describe: the Scor-tool is "too narrow" and cuts through their paper when they're using lighter cardstock or patterned paper.
So my guess is that the design of the tool is an attempt to be somewhere in the middle, since not every scoring situation involves heavyweight cardstock.

I find the tool is fine when I'm scoring layering weight cardstock. If I'm scoring heavy cardstock I'll use my bone folder (whose edge is so thin that it does cut through if scoring printer-weight paper) or an embossing stylus. If I'm scoring for origami folds I'll use a very large ball-head stylus and a light hand.
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I've heard just as often of people having the opposite problem of what you describe: the Scor-tool is "too narrow" and cuts through their paper when they're using lighter cardstock or patterned paper.
So my guess is that the design of the tool is an attempt to be somewhere in the middle, since not every scoring situation involves heavyweight cardstock.

I find the tool is fine when I'm scoring layering weight cardstock. If I'm scoring heavy cardstock I'll use my bone folder (whose edge is so thin that it does cut through if scoring printer-weight paper) or an embossing stylus. If I'm scoring for origami folds I'll use a very large ball-head stylus and a light hand.
I can see why many people have more than one tool to work with different paper types and weights. I only use my scoring board for medium to heavy cardstock, as I just crease by hand otherwise. My Scor Pal is the large sized board and takes up too much room on my craft table so I end up using it on the floor. My back can only take so much of that, so I limit it to sessions of card-base making, or envelopes. I may buy a Scor Buddy to use for my cards, as that would be more convenient and would fit on my table.
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I have two Scor-Pal boards and have found that the tool wears down over time. I regularly take some sandpaper to the end and re-shape it to work better in the slots. Takes about 2 minutes.

As an alternative I have a teflon bone folder that works absolutely wonderful...and I have a couple of styluses that work great as well. With any of these I need to be a bit more gentle when I use 80 pound paper since I can tear the paper with them.
Hmmm, I've never even thought about shaping the end with sandpaper but I am going to give that a try now. I've had my Scor Pals for about 10 years so wouldn't be surprised if they've worn down.
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I use a ball stylus too.
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Just FYI- on Ebay, you can find (cheap from China) "nail dotting tools", usually in sets of multiple sizes that are great crafting tools. They are styluses (or stylii?) with two ball ends. I use mine most for placing small dots of glue to adhere small gems (also bought cheaply on Ebay from China). Many neat finds in nail art that can be used in crafting!
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I can see why many people have more than one tool to work with different paper types and weights. I only use my scoring board for medium to heavy cardstock, as I just crease by hand otherwise. My Scor Pal is the large sized board and takes up too much room on my craft table so I end up using it on the floor. My back can only take so much of that, so I limit it to sessions of card-base making, or envelopes. I may buy a Scor Buddy to use for my cards, as that would be more convenient and would fit on my table.
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I had purchased the first Scor-Buddy when it came out and used the tail off it but was always frustrated by the "not standard" widths and placement of the channels ....so abut 2 weeks ago I purchased the "New" scor-buddy where all channels are the same width apart and boy am I happy.....lots easier to do the math when I need to score on an 8 and 1/2 sheet and am pleased with the size--I keep it, a fun foam sheet for when stamping with photopolymer stamps, my envelope making tool, my piecing mat, and a few other items in a sorting rack from office supply places just to the right of my stamping area....works a treat as I can see the top edges of all the items and grab the correct one first try and easily replace it.
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I can see why many people have more than one tool to work with different paper types and weights. I only use my scoring board for medium to heavy cardstock, as I just crease by hand otherwise. My Scor Pal is the large sized board and takes up too much room on my craft table so I end up using it on the floor. My back can only take so much of that, so I limit it to sessions of card-base making, or envelopes. I may buy a Scor Buddy to use for my cards, as that would be more convenient and would fit on my table.
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I have a regular teflon bone folder I use as I also use it for other things like a good crease on card folds.

I got one awhile back...it is a pencil shape which intrigued me. I have not used it enough to comment yet.

Dress my Craft they have several interesting shapes-scroll to the bottom of the page.

https://www.dressmycraft.com/teflon-bone-folder--2-1526
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