Reported by Christina Hammond
The rotating center disk has holes marked every 1/16th of an inch to produce perfect circles that can range in size from 1″ to 5″ diameter. The bottom of the non-rotating edge has small grippers spaced around that help the disk stay perfectly placed with little effort on my part while I concentrate on cutting. Here’s where one of the revisions come in – the grippers are better on the pricier version. They look and feel the same to me, but they just work better.
The cutting tool features a rubberized grip with a tiny rotating, triangular shaped blade on the end. The blade is sharp on both edges, so BE CAREFUL! The handle end screws open to hold 2 or 3 extra blades, which is important because they are so tiny.
Here is where we will find another revision- the covers on the blades are TINY on this version! The white one sold elsewhere has big tags on these little blade covers so you can keep your fingers away from the blade while putting the cap on (and so you can find it when your big paws drop the tiny thing on your craft room floor!)
To create the perfect circle, simply center the Martha Stewart logo over what you’d like to cut out, and determine what diameter you’d like to use. Snap the little blade into whichever diameter hole you’ve chosen and rotate the center disk. You will hear a very audible “CLICK” when the blade is set in properly. It does not matter if you are right or left handed, or want to turn clockwise vs. counter-clockwise.
I’ve found that it is best to tape down the item you are cutting, especially if it is smaller than the disk. A self-healing cutting mat also makes things go a little smoother (and, you know, saves your teak dining room table from circular destruction).
- ease of use
- cuts a variety of materials with ease
- precise cuts
- if you are “space limited” this one item can take the place of a bunch of circle punches
- can be a little difficult to get the hang of at first. Too much pressure causes tears or it won’t spin
- replacement blades aren’t readily available at most places
- dark measurement markings can be difficult to see at times
- blades tend to dull quickly
I highly recommend that every crafter have a Martha Stewart Circle Cutter in their supply stash. It’s useful in so many ways. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on the Circle Cutter and come back and share what projects you create with yours!