Reported by Julie Tiu
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If a small circle cutter is good, then a larger circle cutter must be better, right? Actually, it’s helpful once you get the hang of it. The Martha Stewart Crafts Large Circle Cutter by EK Success was released Summer 2010 to supplement the Small Circle Cutter. Where the small cutter gives you circles from 1″ to 5-7/8″ in diameter, the large cutter will make circles with diameters between 4″ to 12″.
It comes with three interchangeable blades that store under the handle when not in use. The clear plastic cover serves as blade protection as well as a finger grip.
The cutter itself is approximately 4″ x 9″, and has a good non-slip grip on the handle (pivot point) and shuttle (cutting mechanism on the arm). It also sports a non-skid bottom and mini-bristles on the sweeping arm.
Actually, this is the second circle cutter I bought. The first one had broken gradation “teeth” as you can see below. Not a problem; I returned it, but you can be sure I checked every package with a discerning eye before I made that second purchase.
The gradations at 1/8″ increments make very accurately-sized circles. And with extremely sharp blades, your circles should come out easily with precision. A word of caution, I did cut myself when changing out blades. There are warnings in the instructions, and I was careful, but accidents happen.
The blade is easily inserted.
Using the tool took some getting used to in a couple of ways. The shuttle (moving and cutting mechanism) was slightly counter-intuitive because I wanted to push down to adjust its location. To adjust, you pull up on the knob; push down to cut. The other difficulty was finding the right amount of pressure to use on the shuttle. I had a few glitches of scraping or just not cutting all the way through, especially when trying to complete the circle.
This was a study in cutting a half circle. It worked well with the markings on the handle, just like a protractor, but without the written measurements. However, this was also the last thing I cut with the circle cutter. Unfortunately, the blade insert broke.
It may be difficult to see the underside of the cutter where there is a part of the blade casing embedded in the slot. The blade is off to the right.
In my hand is an intact blade; the broken one is below. See how the plastic tab is broken? This was very disappointing to say the least. I tried to use small pliers and tweezers to remove the broken tab, but it’s really rooted in there. Another trip to the store is in order.
The half-circle cut (4″ diameter) was meant for an envelope flap.
With a few eyelets, these circles became cards. They would be perfect for mini-books, too.
No need to waste… the negative of those cuts would make a great layout for scrapbooking or wall art.
Also check out the many project ideas at the Martha Stewart website.
- Nice storage for blades
- Blade replacement is easy
- Ergonomically designed
- Does cut well on self-healing mat
- Accurate measurements
- Takes some getting used to
- Cuts can be rough
- Extremely sharp blades can be hazardous
MSRP is $24.99 at Michael’s
Do you own one or both of Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Cutters? How is it working for you? Self-healing or glass cutting mat, and why? Let us know in the comments!