I use my paper trimmer for business. I need it to cut promotional cards to fit into my hand-crafted items. Usually I use a Craft Lite Cutter that I purchased from an informercial. The Craft Lite features a light that illuminates the cutting line that supposedly insures that you cut straight and on the line that you intend. However, the Craft Lite does not always make a sharp cut--it snags on the top or the bottom and wrinkles the finished item--sometimes so badly that it is not usable. The Wescott Paper Trimmer's cutter is a "cut" above the Craft Lite. I cut from the bottom up because I found that if I tried to cut from the top down, the paper snagged. The cut is swift and precise. However, the main problem with the Wescott is the fact that you cannot see where to make your cut precisely. I have to eyeball exactly where I think my line is because I really cannot see it. This is not a big problem as judging it may mean some white edge--but if you really want the cut to be where you want the cut--the Westcott requires more estimation of where your exact line is.
The Craft Lite includes a bunch of different edges. If the blade cut smoother, I could make a variety of fancier edges with this device. The Westcott only includes two "cuts": straight and fold. The fold is used to create a card fold--this works fairly well--but again it has a tendency to snag even when using this.
For the price, however, the Westcott is a pretty nice little device. It does the job that more professional cutters do for a fraction of the price.
Bottom line? Use the Westcott from the bottom up and you should get snag-free cuts. Unfortunately, positioning the paper so that the very edge that requires cutting is sliced on the line, is difficult to accomplish. Eyeballing provides okay results, but for those who really want to cut something without any white edge, this device can prove to be tedious to use. Taking in consideration of the low price when compared to other more professional cutters, the Westcott is a good investment for small craft projects. Diana Faillace Von Behren "reneofc"
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Diana Faillace Von Behren (reneofc)
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Westcott Titanium Personal Trimers use Titanium Bonded blades which are 3x harder than stainless steelso blades stay sharper, longer. Swing out ruler flush with base for accurate measuring. Neatly trims up to 5 sheets of 20lb paper. Great for trimming digital photos, paper and cardstock. Includes One Cut & One Score Blades.