Reported by Heidi Kingery
When I tell people I have a Fiskars paper trimmer, sometimes I get a look of sympathy. Oh, you have one of THOSE. Yes, I do, and yes, sometimes it is extremely aggravating. However, I have kept it by my side for years and years, not switching to any other brand.
Recently, when I went to Hobby Lobby to buy a new pack of blades (for the millionth time) they were all sold out and beside the empty space was a *New and Improved* Fiskars 12″ cutter. Let’s see, go somewhere else for new blades or just use my 40% off coupon and buy the new cutter praying it might work better. I didn’t have to think long about that one. Into my cart it went, along with clearanced BasicGrey Dasher paper and a variety of self adhesive rhinestones for some reason I just had to have! That’s a whole other subject though. Anyway, I was ready to get home and try it out.
Once I got it out of the package I realized just how different it was from the old one and just how much I was going to have to get used to it.
Here are the big differences:
Old– Blade slider opens to the left.
New– Blade slider opens to the right (hard to get used to).
Old– Has ruler 1/3 and 2/3 of the way down the base.
New– Has ruler across the top and the bottom.
There are a few small differences like the size of the grip on the blades (the new one is easier to hold) and a lip on the top of the fold out ruler on the new one. And being a complete girl, the new one is cuter! I like the orange retro circles on it compared to the dull gray color of the old one. But let’s get to the real difference, the straightness of the cuts. The new one is better by far with cutting straight. Unless you push heavily to the right or the left you will end up with a perfect cut every time. It’s also a tiny bit heavier but still very light and extremely portable.
So, in the end I am happy they were out of the blades and I had to make a quick decision to invest in the new one. I’m going to assume the blades will need to be replaced as often as the older style also, which was for me abut every 4-6 weeks. If you have this cutter and you’d like to share your experience please leave a comment and tell us what you think!