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Fiskars Rock, Paper, Trimmer

Reported by Jessica Diedrich

If you’ve ever been to my blog, or know me even a tiny bit in person, you probably know that I have a few things I’m borderline (ok, overly) obsessed with. Butterflies, music, and the color pink are probably three of my biggest obsessions, and most likely in that order.

So, when the Rock, Paper, Trimmer from Fiskars came into my life as a gift, no less, I was needless to say, tickled pink…


This semi-portable 12″ Rotary trimmer comes complete with more bells and whistles than a trimmer has every had, to my knowledge: It’s HOT pink, decorated with butterflies right on the measuring grid, and comes with a fully functioning MP3 player dock and speakers that allow you to jam while crafting. Who’d have ever thought this to be possible (or necessary heh heh)? In addition, replacement blades are available for this model and there are also a few decorative blade options that can be purchased to use with this tool. Now, I say semi-portable because it does have a convenient carrying handle built right into it, but it is still quite cumbersome and doesn’t fit in most standard cropping totes. Although it is lightweight in terms of other rotary trimmers, I still wouldn’t call this a travel-sized trimmer.

Priced at about $110 retail, the Rock, Paper, Trimmer also comes with a hefty price tag. However, I received this as a gift from my husband with the 50% off sticker still attached to it, and in pricing it online, it seems to be on sale at several locations. Still, we are talking $55-$69USD for this trimmer, on average. I consider this to be on the high side.


The MP3 player docking station is easy to use. I believe that the 3mm jack is standard for use on most MP3 players, actually. It does not charge your device while playing like other docking stations I have seen, but it IS a craft tool after all, I can’t be too hard on it. The plug hides underneath the dock (which is made of a rubbery material and is nice protection from slipping) and can be stowed away when the player is not in use. I have read and heard a few reviews regarding the speakers on this trimmer. I had to laugh when seeing reviews that describe these speakers as “a bit too tinny”, or “not enough bass.” Um…it’s a trimmer. I guess I didn’t expect it to sound anywhere near what is available for MP3 players in today’s gadget world, so I think that going in with lower expectations is really what one must do when contemplating purchasing this tool. The sound definitely isn’t awful, either….I’ve had computers that have sounded worse! All in all, I think the sound quality and volume maximum is what’s to be expected from a Paper Trimmer…now doesn’t that just SOUND funny used in the same sentence? Speakers…Trimmmer??? Seriously, what will they think of next?

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Although I can’t stand to be the bearer of bad news, the biggest disappointment with this trimmer is not the MP3 quality, not the ergonomic handle, not the beautiful butterflies…it’s the PAPER CUTTING. What a disappointment. I hate to say that on this review, but these are non-biased and I have to be quite honest: if you want to cut paper, especially more than one sheet at at time…if you want a clear view of WHERE the paper is being cut…well, this trimmer is probably not for you. Although I LOVE the rubber grip over the blade, you have to push down pretty heavily to give it a smooth, clean cut. In my experience (and I’ve owned a LOT of trimmers), this is something that you have to start doing when your blade is going bad. Well, I replaced the blade and still, you have to give this a good “heave-ho!” as my friend Laura would say. Pretty disappointing.

(Closeup View of the 3mm Jack inside the trimmer dock)

In addition, the paper is cut on the OUTSIDE of the blade, whereas I am used to other trimmers cutting on the INSIDE of the blade. Add a pretty large sized rotary blade handle into the mix, and well, you’re kind of out of luck in terms of really being able to SEE where the paper is being cut. This is a huge downside, in my opinion. This was also a huge blow to the cloud nine I was on, while pink butterflies swirled around me and my rose colored glasses the day that I received this gift. It would have been an absolutely perfect match for me if it were any better at the actual paper cutting.

Pros:

  • Blades can be replaced and also decorative blade options are available
  • It’s pink! With butterflies!
  • The MP3 player feature isn’t bad for being an added novelty feature.
  • Ergonomic Handle built right into the base so feels secure/sturdy while transporting


Cons:

  • Trimmer/blade itself below average in terms of cutting ability
  • Hard to see where the paper is being cut
  • Bulky/somewhat cumbersome to travel with
  • Price is a bit high

Overall, I would not recommend this trimmer for purchase, even though it is a sad day for the pink butterfly community. It’s really a wonderful idea in theory, and even with a heftier price tag, I think they would fly off the shelves (no pun intended!) if the blade quality and ease of use could be improved. If you are interested in trying out this trimmer, it is available at some Archivers locations as well as scrapbook.com.

Do you own this trimmer? We’d love to hear from you! Do you love it? We ALL know that human error sometimes counts as a big part of it and well, I am NOT the sharpest tool (no pun intended…ok, maybe I intended it this time 🙂 when it comes to gadgets and gizmos, so if I am missing out on an easier way to enjoy this thing, feel free to tell me so! Do you own it and NOT like it? Be sure to drop us a comment too, in case I’ve missed out on any key points. I am definitely NOT the end-all/be-all on trimmers no matter HOW many I’ve owned… so come on out and talk to us!

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8 Responses to Fiskars Rock, Paper, Trimmer

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    Janna February 12, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Thanks Jess for this well written and insightful article. How disappointing!! I thought his trimmer would be the best of both function and form! How sad that it isn’t. I guess I will just have to stick with my old grey and black Fiskars trimmer for now!

    Smiles,
    janna

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    Christi February 12, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I really was hoping for a better review of this cutter as well. How sad. 🙁 I have had bad luck with rotary trimmers and stick with the guillotine cutters now just for that good precision cutting. Thank yo so much for your awesome and informative review!

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    Sandra February 12, 2009 at 1:56 pm #

    My most used “trimmer” is a guillotine cutter as well. I can cut multiple sheets of cardstock with one swoop. I’ve been using mine now for 5 years and it’s still sharp. Purchased Boston guillotine at Office Max. For smaller cuts I use my Creative Memories cutter or my portable Fiskars, Thanks for the thorough review.

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    java diva February 12, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    The only thing that’s kept me from getting the RPT is the size and well, I don’t plan on getting an ipod ever! But the teal one with paisleys is beautiful and it’s in Joann’s clearance section for $25!

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    Jami {sgtStamper} February 12, 2009 at 5:39 pm #

    I’m not sure I understand the whole iPod part…you’d have to keep the trimmer out on your workarea all the time to listen to it. But maybe that’s the point. I gave up on these portable trimmers long ago. The blades don’t last on any of the ones I’ve used. I’ll stick with my scor-pal mat, architect triangle and craft knife.
    Great review!!! The butterflies are cute though… 🙂

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    Anonymous February 12, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Yep, J’s here has been trying to sale them at deep discounts for weeks. I hear it is on Fiskars discontinued list.

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    Heather February 14, 2009 at 12:44 am #

    Wow,

    I am pretty happy with my Bright Green and Pink Provo Craft Trimmer. I have 6 of them to take to workshops and they are only like $6 a piece. I used the Fiskers for years but always felt it cut my paper at an angle because as I was cutting it did not hold the blade in one place the Provo Crafts seem to!!!

    I recently got the SU Guilliotine Cutter for large workshops with mass bulk cutting and I really like it and got it free with one of my workshops.

    Sorry to hear it was not worth the money Jess!!!

    Heather

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    Erin January 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    wow, I have to disagree with the review. I have a rock paper trimmer I got for a great price, and I love how it cuts. I find it easy to see exactly where I’m going to cut. Maybe you have to use it a bit first to get the cut line groove there? I haven’t seen these selling anywhere lately, but there is a black and silver one that is the same cutter without the frills. It’s awesome, and I highly recommend it!