#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, January 31st, 2014 19:38
#2 By: Jonathan Roberts, January 31st, 2014 19:43
Maybe the ones we had in my school were poor quality, but the blades used to dull and it would jam pretty easily after a while. They were great when they worked properly though.
#3 By: Jardine, January 31st, 2014 19:49
I think paper is really tough on blades. It dulls them really easily. I was really hoping for a larger guillotine. Something suitable for bankers.
#4 By: charmingquark, January 31st, 2014 19:57
Guillotine trimmers have tendency to pull on the lower sheets of paper or card stock in a stack, so that those lower sheets wind up with misregistered cuts. Don't try to cut too many at once.
#5 By: IMB, January 31st, 2014 20:06
Good point. I have an old one and I find that rather than cutting straight down, pulling the blade in toward the body (of the tool) seems to adjust that.
#6 By: Art Carnage, January 31st, 2014 20:19
I have both a "blade" type and a "disc" type cutter. Of the two, the disc cutter is easily more deserving of the "Cool Tool" title. It has a series of LED lights built into the translucent base, and uses a few batteries (or you can plug in a 6v adapter). When the lights are turned on, the cutting line, normally obscured by whatever you're cutting, appears as a shadow on the paper, letting you perfectly align your cut. Disc cutter are geared more to for "craft" usage, and as such, they're not intended for cutting more than a few sheets at a time. Oh, and my blade cutter can actually be locked closed, with a small luggage-type lock.
#7 By: Michael Smith, January 31st, 2014 20:41
When I worked for a French company the Sales and Marketing department were always losing their guillotine and broadcasting demands for its return over the PA system. Personally I felt safer with the S&M department not having their favourite toy.
#8 By: Ryuthrowsstuff, January 31st, 2014 21:05
I've had the misfortune of using these plastic bodied paper cutters before. The cutting arm has a tendency to wobble, warp, and snap. I also remember the blade of one of them coming loose at one end, and swinging freely. You might assume them to be a "home appropriate" version, but they're just a cheaper, far less durable version of the metal bodied ones you grew up with.
#9 By: Preston, January 31st, 2014 22:42
The paper cutter scene from "Twisted Brain" (also "Horror High") is at 1:15.
#10 By: dainel, February 1st, 2014 00:33
Where I work, those are called paper trimmers. Guilotines looks like this.
Actually, the ones in my office are a bit bigger than that. They easily cut entire reams of paper (500s, 80g A4). And possibly fingers and hands, they certainly look sharp enough.
#11 By: Mike Bryan, February 1st, 2014 10:34
This type of paper cutter demands precision. There can't be any play between the blade and the cutting edge. For $29 I don't think you're going to find that level of precision. You're going to find a lot of plastic, a lot of wobbliness and a lot of frustration.
I worked in a print shop for 10 years, and copy centers of various office supply stores for about the same amount of time *(sometimes simultaneously). I know about cutting paper.
This is the one you want if you're going to go for a lever-style trimmer. Though, even with one of these I find that anything more than 3 sheets of any kind of paper tends to make for a sloppy, imprecise cut.
The rotary trimmers are an order of magnitude more precise, easier to maintain, and safer.
The best advice I have if you have a project that involves a lot of paper cutting is this: Patience. If you need to do it yourself, don't try to cram as much paper into the thing as it can hold. 2-3 sheets at a time is all you're realistically going to get. Just understand that it's going to take a while to get the job done and settle into it. OR if you really have a large project, take it to a print shop and they'll use one of These Babies to get the job done.
#12 By: IMB, February 1st, 2014 16:10
I have a really old version of the first one you linked to, as a hand me down. I'm glad I kept it.
#13 By: Jonathan Roberts, February 1st, 2014 17:17
My dad is a book publisher and used to work over a book binder. A lot of this guy's stuff was antique, including a manually operated guillotine. When my dad's business was starting we had an even older one in the shed that looked like this:
I'm sure modern ones are a bit safer, but even at a very young age I could tell that not much was going to stop that blade once it started going down. It was still an endless source of fascination and I had a go a few times with (and without ) supervision.
#14 By: Mark Frauenfelder, February 5th, 2014 19:44
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