(Closed) Help! Best paper cutter for LARGE cardstock?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I just used a yardstick and exacto knife to cut down my full size paper (but then used my 12" cutter for smaller cuts). It’s not *perfect* but it works ok – just be careful of slippage if your paper is smooth. Other people recommend taking it to Kinkos, but I don’t know how much that costs.  HTH!

Post # 4
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Wannabee

Try a local print shop. See if they will cut it down for free or for a nominal cost. I have just trimmed paper for people before an for the small amount that they needed I only charged them about $10.

It will save you time in the long run! 

Post # 5
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Newbee

you can usually go to a kinkos staples etc.. and they’ll have papercutters that are free to use if you don’t want to pay (usually buy the copy machines). they prefer that customers use them, but nobody really ever notices (at least not where i go since their customer service people don’t walk around checking at the kinkos where i live.

 

but if you do go the metal ruler/xacto knife route, make sure you can get/borrow a really large cutting mat, or some cardboard /board so you don’t scratch your table/floor. etc.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

I own a 20" rotary paper cutter, but it was a bargain deal on ebay long ago (about $40 shipped). I’d look on eBay and see if you can find anything.

Blick sells an 18" trimmer for around $50 if you’re looking to invest in something. 

Just a warning… it’s a pain to store cutters that big 🙂 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

You might also want to look for a small local bindery. My dad works at one, so I was able to get mine cut for free, but apparently they do small jobs like that all the time and charge very little for it.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - Dunegrass Golf Club

Yardstick and exacto knife over here.  Just make sure you’re cutting on a flat, hard surface (that won’t be cut by the exacto knife) and take your time.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Kinko’s. Definitely Kinko’s. Have them cut it on their big machine cutter.

The yardstick and exacto works, but measuring things perfectly is a pain, and there’s too much risk of error. Kinko’s will only cost $1.50 a cut, and you likely won’t need THAT many cuts since you can stack all your sheets at once.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2010

There’s an Xacto brand guillotine style paper cutter at Staples that works great for oversized paper. I use that for my stationery and wedding invitations. It’s a great investment.

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