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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh an I have the Dritz one the others are talking about. It's just sandpaper. I hate mine.
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.
That's what I'm using now. I got mine from Harbor Freight super cheap.
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