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For those who have a rotary blade sharpener: 

What type do you have? 

How well does it work?  

How many times can you resharpen a blade?  

How do you dispose of your old blades?  

How often do you sharpen/change out your blades?   

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Comment by christi on October 30, 2011 at 9:27am
If you go to CT shopping and look up cutting tools there are two blade sharpeners.  I now own both of them.  They are both good but will not work for any blade with nicks in them.  When I got my blue sharpener it was much cheaper ( I have had it for many years now) and just got the automatic one last year.  The auto matic one is great but does take some time to get use to but will pay for itself in know time if you do lots of cutting.  Also I went to the Harbour Freight web site.  You can order on-line or call them and shipping is pretty reasonable, $6 up to a $35 order.  Maybe you can get together with an couple of other ladies and place an order.
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on October 27, 2011 at 7:05pm
I don't sharpen; would try it if I had a sharpener.  Must look into one.  I put my worn out blades in an empty Breath Mint container- one that has a large and small opening on the top; blade fits perfectly through the large opening.  I also dispose of broken needles in it.  The "sharps" container is a good idea; some public bathrooms (i.e. at truckstops) have "sharps" containers hanging on wall.
Comment by Carla on October 26, 2011 at 11:32am

I know there are new rulers out I think they are called cutting edge, that sharpen your blade with every cut.  I was wondering if anyone has used them, and the results.  I know they are frosted on the underside also, which is suppose to help with slippage.  

I know I will be checking out the blades at Harbor Freight next time we go, that is a big savings. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 26, 2011 at 10:40am
Harbor Freight doesn't seem to exist here but I will check out other sources.  The last 45 mm blades I bought at the LQS cost $9.00 EACH!  Yikes!
Comment by Shannon, ON on October 26, 2011 at 8:43am
I have heard about the carpet cutters....plan to try them when I run out of current blades. :o)
Comment by J.S. on October 26, 2011 at 5:09am
Thank you Carol for the Harbor Freight tip!  My husband has a collection of 20% off coupons and we have one a few blocks away.  I'm going over to see if they have them.   
Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on October 25, 2011 at 7:46pm

I also have the blue sharpener from JoAnne's - I still have the package and mine is the Dritz Dual Rotary Blade Sharpener.  It can only be used for 45mm blades.  I sharpen or change my blades when the cutter "misses" or when I have to push very hard to get through the cut.  The sharpener helps but I don't feel like they get as sharp as when they were new -- maybe I'm not using it right.

My big money saver on blades is a discovery I made - quite by accident - while browsing Harbor Freight, the tool store,  as I waited on my husband.  In the carpet laying tool aisle, they sell packages of replacement carpet cutter blades.  Harbor Freight's part #978642.  They are 45 mm blades and fit my Fiskar's cutters perfectly -- never tried them in another brand, but take a look.  They cut beautifully and last just as long.  A package of 2 blades sells for $1.99. 

Comment by J.S. on October 25, 2011 at 6:57pm

I have a blade sharpener and have had it for a long time.  It's also blue and I got it at Jo-Ann's. I sharpen my blades all the time and have had no trouble with it.  I do it whenever I feel like they're missing places or are getting dull. I hardly ever buy new ones which I probably should once in a while but this works fine.  It's saved me money on blades. 

Comment by LKC on October 25, 2011 at 5:15pm
I own rotary blade sharpener. It is blue in color and I am sure I got it at Jo-Ann. What type? Don't know, I know it sharpen any 25mm blade and I have sharpen the blade until it does not seem to work. It has paid for it self, for as my eyes go I seem to hit the ruler more. I keep my used blades in the case they came in use them for paper cutting. I change my blades to new when I have to do lots of cutting and like Carol I sharpen or replace when the cut is no longer clean easy cut.
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on October 25, 2011 at 2:23pm
All good questions!  I'll check back from time to time to see what answers you are getting.  I change out my blades when I find myself pressing too hard on the cutter, or there are little uncut threads at regular intervals in the cut, and I dispose of my old blades in a "sharps" container my husband uses for his insulin needles.  When it is full, there is a disposal site for this sealed (bright red) container at our local hospital.

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