Reported by Fabrizio Martellucci
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Have you gone through your normal corner punches with a lever or the ones you push on the edge and found them unsatisfactory? Well, if you want ease-of-use, and suffer from dexterity problem or are ‘weak wristed’ like myself, look no further than the We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Chomper Corner cutter tool. It’s not your average punch you need to use on a table as it is to be hand-held (if you have a crop-a-dile you’ll know exactly what I mean).
Rounding corners of cards or your mats you put on your scrapbook layouts is very much the trend at the moment. And despite purchasing two different punches, I always found them flimsy and not very strong in doing the job, especially with card stock or thicker paper. I even had one break on me (actually it was Vince but need to save the reputation of the ‘innocent’ LOL).
The problem with lever punches is that you can’t see properly when you try to align the corner (as you can see from the picture you don’t know if both side are touching. The other one is fairly good as you can exactly see where the paper aligns but here’s the caveat, it only accepts paper; try anything thicker and you’ll end up with the plastic sleeve breaking (see picture above).
With the Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, I can exactly see where I’m putting the corner to be cut and since I can use it mid-air I can bring it forward to clearly see what’s I’m doing (a boon as my sight is not what it used to be). Also, the material We R Memory Keepers uses on the handle is lovely and soft, though you can feel the sturdiness of the tool underneath.
I was able to cut through thick cardstock, achieving lovely round edges on a few cards going through two layers with ease. And that’s what I like about this tool, despite it’s small size like its cousin, the Crop-A-Dile, it makes mincemeat of any surface.
To use it, make sure you open the little wings; this is a feature so that you can store the Crop-A-Dile Chomper easily — don’t forget to shut the wings back when you’re done.
You have two sizes of corners on the chomper — just flip it for 1/2″ or 1/4″ — you can see on the picture below which is which as its engraved on the metal:
So to recap: it’s sturdy; can tackle thicker cardstock you wouldn’t dream putting through a normal punch, and because it uses a leverage system you don’t need to compress much; the tool does the hard bit for you. It can be tricky to use if you have severe dexterity problem such as arthritis; you need to have a fair grip on it to use it. You have two corner sizes to pick (1/2″ and 1/4″) and don’t forget to empty the little compartment on a regular basis.
- Easy to use
- Two sized corners ( 1/2″; 1/4″ )
- Lightweight yet robust
- Some reports of misaligned cutters (mine was ok so that’s probably a rarity)
- The offcuts compartment is small so it needs to be emptied on a regular basis
- Although good for people with dexterity problems, you still need a fair grip, so not the ideal tool for people with chronic arthritis
I don’t own the new ones that have been released (different styles of Chompers), so I can’t comment on those, but I’m sure they will do the job as efficiently as the Corner Chomper.
I’ll have to probably order a couple from an online retailer to play with them; I saw them available also on a well-known shopping channel in the UK.
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