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Re: [BKARTS] Anyone using a mat cutter successfully

The problem with a mat cutter (or indeed a knife and ruler) is actually to
do with the board material, if you're using greyboard of a high density.

The knife, having a given width, will displace some of the board material as
it cuts, and you end up with a little "peak" of board material right next to
the cut.  Not only does this give the most tremendous paper cuts (back to
blood...sorry!), but when you sand or shave it off, you're left with less
dense boards right at the point where you'd like it strongest.

A board shear is the ideal solution, but they're big and expensive (I have
one).  I found the best alternative was a ruler plus a quilter's wheel,
using repeated strokes.  A wheel-bladed cutter would probably work as well.
The blade is simply that much thinner, and the rolling action seems to keep
the "peaking" to a minimum.  Get lots of spare wheel/blades, though.

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