Reported by Susan Reidy
In the scrapbooking/papercrafting tool arsenal, probably the most used (besides adhesive) is the paper trimmer. For a crafter, finding the ideal trimmer is like finding the Holy Grail.
My tried and true trimmer was starting to cut wonky, so I was more than willing to try out three of Westcott’s multi-purpose trimmers. I affectionately call them Papa Bear (12 in. trimmer), Mama Bear (9 in. trimmer) and Baby Bear (9 in. trimmer that fits in a 3-ring binder).
All three are a lovely shade of aqua blue and are titanium bonded, which Westcott says adds to the performance of its cutting products. Compared to stainless steel, Westcott says titanium is three times harder, stays sharper longer and resists adhesives better.
Let’s start with Papa Bear (12 in.). First off, I like the size and sturdiness of the trimmer. It has a fold out ruler that extends all the way to 17 inches. The ruler locks in place when folded in so you don’t have to worry that it will swing out at an inconvenient time (say like in your bag on the way to a crop).
This happened repeatedly, so I have several cuts, and even a few slivers of plastic, out of the track. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have impacted the trimmer’s ability to cut a straight line. However, I do believe it is part of the reason the blade is a little hesitant going down the track.
I like that it cuts accurately, meaning that it cuts where it is supposed to cut. Sounds basic, I know, but I have had other trimmers that cut just a tiny bit left or right of where it looked like it was going to cut. I think it helps that the cutting blade is on the far edge of the cutting arm instead of running down the middle.
The Papa Bear trimmer made it easy to measure and cut these 2.5 in. x 3.5 in. elements and photos for the page above from my Week-in-the-Life scrapbook.
Let’s move onto Mama Bear. It’s appropriate I designated this as the female trimmer, since I think it works best of all. The cutting surface is 9 in. long with a swing out ruler (which also locks in place) that extends to 12 in. Measurements are also in 1/16th increments.
After a few cuts, I did notice that both Papa and Mama created a tiny lip of paper at the cut line on the back side of the paper (the side that touches the trimmer surface). It’s not big enough to cause me any issues, but it is there.
Baby comes with two cutting blades (bonus!) The cutting arm only lifts about a quarter of the way, which seems odd, but doesn’t make it any more difficult to use. You wouldn’t want to do any significant, detailed measuring on this one because the ruler on the cutting arm is only marked in 1/4 in. increments.
- Accurate cutting; sharp blade that lasts
- Cuts through several weights of cardstock, photo paper and patterned paper.
- Smooth cutting on the two 9 in. trimmers.
- Sturdy swing out ruler that locks in place when not in use.
- Scoring blade included with the 12 in. and 9 in. Two cutting blades with the 9 in., 3-ring binder option.
- The 12 in. trimmer’s blade did not move smoothly and actually cut the blade track.
- The 9 in. trimmer isn’t large enough to cut an 8.5 in. x 11 in. sheet of paper lengthwise.
- All trimmers left a tiny lip of paper at the cut on the backside of the paper (the side of paper that touches the trimmer surface).
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