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Circle Scissor Cutter by EK Success

Reported by Christine Ousley
Being able to cut circles of varying sizes is very important in paper crafting, and having the right tool definitely helps. In this first article I will be reporting on the Circle Scissor Cutter by EK Success. The version I have is actually sold by Stampin Up! but it is manufactured by EK Success, as are all of the punches Stampin’ Up! sells.
The Circle Scissor Cutter needs a glass mat under it in order for it to work properly. This mat is also from Stampin Up! but you could probably use any brand you might have. The cutter sits on the glass which helps keep the cutter in place while cutting, as well as provide a cutting surface for your paper.

The blade, which I will show closer in later photos, fits into the cutter where shown below. When cutting a circle you will hold this blade down against the spring and push your hand in a circular motion around the cutter.

This photo shows me adjusting the circle size. One of the things that I love about this cutter is that you can cut circles in any size from 1 inch to 6 inches. Just twist the size button a tiny bit or a lot to get various size circles and mats for those circles.


Here is a picture of a large circle that I cut from a piece of regular cardstock. The larger circles seem to cut easier. The movement of the cutter is smoother on the larger settings than the smaller ones.

Now I have moved the Circle Scissor Cutter over to cut the smaller circle. The cutter was a little bit off the glass mat but the rubber part was pretty secure.


The circle I cut this time was a little off. This is consistent with my past and present use of this cutter. It is accurate about 75% of the time.

Here is a picture of the underside. You can see the foam feet that keep the cutter from slipping. This particular feature of the cutter could probably be improved by attaching larger or more pieces of foam. I believe that the movement of the cutter while in the process of cutting is what is causing the inaccuracy.

Here is a close up view of the blade holder. You can see the spring mechanism and the shape of the blade. Having to push down on the spring also causes some accuracy problems. Maintaining the same pressure as you go around the circle is difficult and causes spots that are not cut as deep as the should.

Pros:
  • Cuts circles from 1-6 inches in diameter
  • Glass mat never needs to be replaced
  • Portable and light weight
  • Cuts many different weights of paper
  • Does not need electricity
  • Inexpensive compared to other circle cutting system
Cons:
  • Does not always give you a smooth accurate cut
  • Take some muscle to move the blade around the circle as you cut
  • Sometimes slips when cutting
  • Cannot cut circles larger than 6 inches
Overall I like the Circle Scissor Cutter system. It is very portable and I love that creating 1/8th inch matting is not a problem for this tool. I also enjoy being able to cut circles up to 6 inches in diameter. Would I like larger circles? Of course, but for what this cutter was designed for it does a pretty good job
Please share your opinions on this tool, or let us know what YOU love to use to cut accurate circles.
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6 Responses to Circle Scissor Cutter by EK Success

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    Janine January 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    I have avoided buying any of these circle cutters because of the issues with accuracy. And the issues with the accuracy are a combination of factors—one being the design (which, naturally cannot be changed) and also the circles turning out right are largely due to the user being able to apply the same amount of pressure throughout the cutting process. It can be difficult sometimes to do with being able to apply the same amount of pressure (at every turn) so the circle turns out right. I guess I’m just not that coordinated…lol I did have one of those Fiskars Ultra Shape thingys but I got so frustrated with it that now it sits in the bottom of a drawer. I watched videos on YouTube to see what I was doing wrong and even after learning how to use it the right way, it’s still not worth the effort.

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    sew_crafty_girl January 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I bought this and returned it. Accuracy and the blade breaking were the issues I had. I ended up buying EK’s other circle cutter.

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    Patchi January 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm #

    I love my Coluzzle, but it is a bit restrictive on sizes and I have not been able to find the companion for matting. I do have a set for ovals that work perfectly!

    I recently bought the We R Memory Keepers – Crafter’s Magnetic Circle Cutter. I tried it once and it worked very well. I like the fact that the magnets keep the cutter and paper in place. It cuts 4″ to 12″ circles, so it is a great complement for my Coluzzle. I got it as a kit with the magnetic mat and some other tools, on sale at HSN and it was worth the money.

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    Siri Fjørtoft, Fjørtoft Design January 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I also have the We R Memorykeepers Magnetic circle cutter. I love how you can cut 12″x12″ circles! I also wanted a cutter that would not make a hole in the middle of your circle. I found it limiting having to concider this when designing something with circles…

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    susanscraps January 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I still have my old EKSuccess circle cutter, and have used this one at a friends, I do not see much improvement from the old to the new, quite frankly. and still love my Creative Memories cutting system!

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    rush8888 January 16, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    i can’t justify purchasing this. i just don’t make/need that many circles. i use the fiskars templates and the associated cutting tool. now, if the circle cutter had the ability to cut ovals, squares, etc. without additional costs, i would go for it. as with any cutter, accuracy is a big problem. i cover the “snags” with embellishments or distress the edges.