For those who enjoy paper crafts such as scrap booking and card making, a paper cutter can make things much easier. These devices allow multiple pieces of paper to be cut into straight and even pieces. They are inexpensive and a convenient addition for any craft enthusiast.
There are two main designs. The best one will depend upon the intended use. The quality, size, and design will influence the price.
The most well known design is called a guillotine cutter. It has a platform with a bladed handle. The paper is measured with the grid on the platform, lined up, slid under the paper clamp, and then sliced with the handle. These are commonly used in schools. They are strong and durable, providing crisp cuts on muliple pieces of thick paper and cards. Because of their strength, durability, and size, guillotine cutters are the more expensive design. They range in price from thirty to a hundred dollars.
Rotary cutters are designed for people who enjoy arts and crafts. The have a similar platform with a measurement grid and paper clamp. Instead of a handle, there is a sliding blade that is pressed and slid down a rail. The result is a clean and straight slice. These are less expensive, and can be found for under twenty dollars. However, they will not be as strong as the guillotine, and cannot cut more than five sheets of regular paper.
A paper cutter can make crafts much easier. They can also help a crafter be more efficient by increasing productivity. A guillotine or rotary cutter makes cutting paper and card stock easy and enjoyable.