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Hi, does anyone have a review on a rotary blade sharpener?  The blades are really expensive here so I was wondering if they did a good job or not.

Thanks in advance!

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Comment by Sherry N/ Alberta on January 26, 2014 at 9:46am
Such a wealth of knowledge, thanks everyone for sharing your experience!
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on January 25, 2014 at 8:26am

I have one of those blade sharpeners made by Colonial Needle, and Pepper Cory demonstrated how to use it.  I have several rotary cutters, so whenever there is a discount coupon for Joann's I go and buy the 5-pack blades, either Olfa or Fiskars.  Fiskars has titanium blades and I find them to last longer than the regular stainless steel ones. 

Comment by Michelle K on January 25, 2014 at 7:04am

I have one of the ones that is electric I think made by the grace co. and it does work ok.  I got mine from amazon for much cheaper and it was new.  It will not fix a chipped blade.  I have used the carpet cutting blades from harbor freight and I get a good one about every three or 4 so at 1$ for 4 not too bad.  They don't last near as long as olfa and I don't have the money to use on an $18 blade but honestly I have had an olfa blade since september and it is still working better than the cheap ones.  But I can sharpen the small ones and the large ones which is nice sine they are hard to find on sale.  

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on January 24, 2014 at 9:55pm

This is certainly a variety of opinions!  I know only one tip:  If your blade (by whomever) has a nick, you know the skipped thread cuts every few inches after you've run the cutter over a pin or into a ruler?, no sharpener will fix it.  It's a dead blade.

Comment by AnnetteJ on January 24, 2014 at 7:13pm

Just a FYI.  I buy my blades at Fabricland and but Tailorform blades.  They are way less expensive than Olfa blades especially if you wait for one of Fabricland's sales.  That's when I stock up.  Tgey fit Olfa cutters just fine and last just as long.  I also have a sharpener which isn't worth the $$ I didn't pay for it.

Comment by LKC on January 24, 2014 at 2:13pm

I have hand sharper, it works. I did not like the cheap blades from Hardware store. Maybe one out of five did not skip fresh out of the package.

Comment by Debra Miller on January 24, 2014 at 11:03am

Oh an  I have the Dritz one the others are talking about. It's just sandpaper. I hate mine. 

Comment by Debra Miller on January 24, 2014 at 11:02am

There are electric ones. You can find online I have seen them in the quilting magazines. They are expensive but over time would pay for themselves. $50-100 I am thinking. Tru cut has some. 

Comment by J.S. on January 24, 2014 at 6:43am

That's what I'm using now.  I got mine from Harbor Freight super cheap.

Comment by Shannon, ON on January 24, 2014 at 6:42am

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