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Discussion in 'Tools of the Trade' started by Rawjinks, Jun 30, 2006.
What cutting mat size and manf. would you guys recommend?
well, I know that walmart has a nice one that can fit in a 3 ring binder, which is clear, i picked one of those up for a couple of bucks, made by Fiskars
the blue mat which shows in some of my pictures is from Dritz, bought at fabric store/craft store.
Olfa makes a couple of sizes, check with your local craft stores
I have found, at work and at play, that the more expensive the matt, the better it is. Sad but true
Olfa matts are great and craft store "Hobby" matts are less so. The matt I'm using at home right now was a cheapo from Micheals and even the heat from my lamps (I like them low) can warp the thing. Luckily they usually flatten out, but not always. I've even wrecked one in the car before I even got home. Keep them out of heat!
The Olfa matts are expensive but are about twice as thick and seem to heal better, leaving less lines for the next blade to follow.
I think this is a time where it pays to pay a bit more,
Also, Alvin is good:
Here is the one I use.
Fiskars 12in x18in (45.5cm x 30.5cm) self healing cutting mat
Available in a lot of different stores. If you click on the fiskars.com link at the top of the page it will take you a page where you can choose a country and check if it is available in your area.
Thanks for the info fellas...
So there's nothing out there that will provide enough grip while not allowing the blade to slice through? I really hate it when I end up hitting an old cut and it messes up the line.
Helix makes good self healing mats.
They also make a nice non-slip (cork backed) steel ruler.
I have the 12x18 mat, but don't recall where I got it. The Helix site says these folks carry their stuff:
I agree with Doug's choice. I also use the Fiskars 11 X 18 mat which I purchased at Walmart in the fabric/craft section. It is large enough for longer cuts and does not suffer from the "old cut" issue. I tend to do most of my cutting within a 6 inch square area and have had no problems. Relatively inexpensive but good quality.
Something else to think about. If you have a choice of mats, consider one with a colour that contrasts with your normal subject matter.
30+% of all male humans have some degree of colourblindness. It may be very mild, probably undiagnosed and have no bearing on 99.9% of your life.
I didn't know about mine until the second day of a very thorough, very intense and frankly rather invasive Air Force flight physical. A very mild case (Pastel green/pale grey - 2nd ser. Ishihara FWIW) washed me out. OTOH, it also diqualified my for being an Army cook, so silver lining time<G>)
When my Fiskars matt got a little grotty, I replaced it with a bright blue one and have had a much more pleasant,and less eye-strained time building airplanes that tend to be grey/green/olive/brown.
No wonder why I always can't color match my clothes! Luckily I have a girlfriend to do that for me! LoL
Ahahah... you made me laugh. You're lucky cause you have someone who does it for you. Since my wife doesn't care very much about the way i dress, i often go out like a clown :cry: :grin:
It does tend to explain why women can quantify 23 shades of what men would call "off white"
Damn 23?!?!?! Weird though, if those statements are really true, then why are some gay men really good designers, decoraters, etc?