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Cutterglide and Eztool cleaner Kit

Reported by Fabrizio Martellucci

Now picture this, you love your cutter but it doesn’t love you back, you keep changing the blades yet you always get those ragged edges, so you despair and wish you never bought it! Sounds familiar?I totally empathize with you as I had a rough time when my rotary cutter fell apart and I invested into a Fiskars sliding cutter (you know, the one with the arrow shaped blade). I nearly returned it as it was cutting ok but found it a bit ‘harsh’ on paper.

I remembered that I had Cutter Glide Tool Treatment which I used on punches and craft knives. I didn’t expect much as the arrow blade is so tiny but it worked. I got less drag, on papers as well as card-stock, cutting them cleanly.I bought my kit a while back but in checking the Inspired Crafts website I noticed that it comes with a new applicator (mine looked like nail varnish bottle with a brush applicator), I haven’t tested that new brush tip that comes in the new tube but I guess it would do the job as well as the old one.

The kit comes with an EZtool cleaner: a small bottle which removes adhesive and cleans your tool before you apply the Cutterglide. Please take extra care when cleaning cutting blades. Once they’re clean just apply the Cutterglide to the surface you want to ‘fix’. I applied unto my Fiskars cutter, guillotine, and craft knives; you can also use it on punches to make them work better. I had two punches that kinda stuck and it eased them to behave so no more banging them to release them.

I really don’t know how it works, but my wild guess is that the Cutterglide leaves an invisible film which reduces attrition when the blade meets the material being cut. It’s a simple product, but it does prolong the life of your blades, so it’s economical as you’ll found yourself not needing to buy blades after blades. I also noticed that when a blade seems blunt I just clean it with the Eztool Cleaner and then reapply the Cutterglide, and you’ll have some extra use from that blade but once it’s completely blunt then don’t expect miracles and you can kiss your blade goodbye. Still you probably would have had to bin it earlier on, had you not used Cutterglide.

I just want to point out that you don’t need to clean punches before applying Cutterglide as mentioned on the lovely leaflet enclosed with the kit. You do need to let it dry thoroughly before using it though. I usually leave it for at least a couple of hours. The leaflet suggests to use a heating gun or blow drying to speed up drying but I wouldn’t recommend that as the heat might melt plastic bits attached to the blade, so don’t do it!

Another good thing about this kit is that the Eztool Cleaner can tackle rubber stamps using a small amount with an old tooth brush it can really bring back the ‘showroom’ look on your old inked beyond hope rubber stamps. Especially useful if you’re selling them on an online auction site.

Pros:

  • Does what it says on the label with no fuss
  • Prolongs blades life
  • Cleaner that comes with the kit can also clean rubber stamps

Cons:

  • Drying time (it can be frustrating but unavoidable)
  • Can be fiddly to apply on hidden or hard to reach blades
  • I tested the ‘similar to a nail polish bottle’ applicator, I don’t know how the new squeezable tube with brush at the tip would work.

I hope in testing this product I gave you some hope in using your blades without any drags and raggedy edges on paper, let me know how you get on using it on your favourite cutting tools, please.

This product is made by Inspired Crafts.

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Fabrizio Martellucci has been crafting for over six years and enjoys card making, Artist Trading Cards (ATC) and the odd scrapbook layout. He started paper crafting as a distraction to some health issues and never looked back since when he bought a Hot Off the Press kit getting the addictive paper crafting bug. Fabrizio (but please call him Fab for short) has been producing samples for a few companies to show on Shopping Television in the UK, one of his greeting cards was published on PageMaps 2 by Becky Fleck, and he produced various paper creations for Design Teams as well as being involved with live online paper crafting tutorial streams for The Odd Show Live and his own show Papermood Live. Not happy with only making cards Fab started an article based website called CardmakingNews.com where he stretches his writing muscle about card making tips and other useful posts for cardmakers. You can see a full list of Fab's blogs and other contact infos on his Kimtag page.

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9 Responses to Cutterglide and Eztool cleaner Kit

  1. RosieP November 5, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    I appreciate that you’ve tested this product, but still I have to say that I wouldn’t continue to use a cutter that required the use of such a product. There are some good cutters on the market and I’d buy a new one before I’d agree to “maintain” a cutter like that. Just my 2 cents.

  2. java diva November 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm #

    Where would you purchase this? Any craft store or online only?

  3. Sandra November 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    How often do you have to apply? the punches would only be when they need them, but how long does it last on the cutters?
    Thanks.

  4. Fabrizio November 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Java Diva: here’s the manufacturer link http://www.inspiredcrafts.com/ where they keep a list of online stores that retail their products. Hope that helps.

    Also there’s nothing wrong with the cutter per se, but any cutter will get blunt with heavy usage so this product is an aide to prolong the life of any cutting tool. And for people on a budget like myself who can’t afford to buy the more expensive professional items it’s a good trade off saving on purchasing new blades. Just my two pence ! 🙂

  5. Fabrizio November 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm #

    Sandra: “how long is a piece of string ?” it all depends on how often you use it. I find myself having to reapply after a couple of months and I use mine on a weekly basis with papers and cardstock. I noticed that the blades (in this case Fiskars) are lasting me an extra two months on average but individual results may vary as per usage, material used (glittered cardstock is a well known blade killer).

  6. Diane November 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    You didn’t mention where to purchase these items? Thanks for the review.
    Diane

  7. Bev M November 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks so much, I actually have this product and never thought to try it on the little blades from my slide cutter – thanks!

    Bev M

  8. Sylvia November 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    I never even knew these items existed….thanks Fabrizio. And why not use it? It’s like oiling a sewing machine or a scroll saw. Anything to help me prolong the life of my tools!!! I for one will buy these items.

  9. RAP November 7, 2009 at 11:09 am #

    I wonder if it would do anything for a cricut blade?