This is the only OLFA cutter suitable for specialty blades – pink, shell/peak and wave – for decorative edges. A double-acting safety lock ensures that the blade can be locked during use or locked into the handle when not in use. This OLFA Deluxe rotary cutter has it all: comfort, convenience, power and safety. The ergonomic handle with non-slip rubber grip eliminates hand fatigue and stress, while the squeeze trigger automatically retracts the blade for safety. Use the blade for fabric, paper, vinyl, tarpaulin, upholstery, fleece, felt and more. The cutter can handle up to six layers of cotton. Use a rotating cutting mat to extend the life of the blade.
Would you recommend the 45mm or the 60 mm? I'm wanting to sew pillows, aprons, curtains, dog pads, and slipcovers.
Go with the 60mm. Better to have more and never need it, than buy less and need the upgrade.
We needed to cut a carpet with a 2 in pile. I bought the 45mm, and it did work, but was very difficult, took longer, and I was wishing I had bought the 60mm the entire time!
can i cut through leather with this?
I have never tried to cut leather but I can cut through many layers of fabric at one time. The blade is very, very sharp. In fact I bought this product because it automatically retracts when finished cutting. Blades are so sharp that just a touch results in a cut finger.
is there any warranty with this product? How long should it last?
I don't believe there is a warranty. The Olfa is made of plastic and seems durable. I researched Olfa before I bought it and it is supposed to be the most comfortable, durable and long lasting. More so than Fiscars. I would buy it again.
Will this cutter accept Fiskars blades? (I have 1/2 dozen extra blades for my old cutter.)
Yes they will. the shaft on the Olfa is round and other 45 mm blades have a round hole too. I just now took my blade off and inserted and used both a Fiskar and Clauss blade on my Olfa 45mm rotary cutter. They absolutely work. The Olfa blades have some notches around the hole which have nothing to do with being able to slip a blade with only the round hole on them. I did verify as said, other blades do and will work well on the Olfa rotary cutters.
Has anyone used this with felt?
It will work but it plays havoc with the blade if using it on multiple layers, however the cut is quite nice
does it come with blades? how exactly do you use this thing?! I'm into making gifts and such, what do you need to use if anything underneath it?!
This does come with one blade attached. You will need a cutting mat and a straight edge for cutting strips or squares. Probably if you asked one of your quilting friends they could help you out. The OLFA cutters do come with a lifetime warranty.
Do all the Olfa packaging come with only Chinese instructions and nothing in English?
No, it is only Japanese instructions, don't have it in English.
Does this rotary cutter (olfa deluxe handle) only accept olfa brand replacement blades, or do i have the option of using other manufacturers' blades?
Yes, as long as you use 45 mm blades. However, the Olfa blades are scarry sharp. I'm still using the first blade.
Is this product good for cutting heavy duty leather?
This depends on what you define as "heavy duty leather"...but I use rotary cutters as my primary means of cutting leather nearly every day. Blades dull fairly quickly, but I get smooth, straight, easy cuts every time through up to as heavy as 6-7oz veg tan. If you're cutting heavier than that, I would also recommend trying the 60mm cutters/blades.
Can ithe same cutter be used for both fabric and paper without it getting dull like fabric scissors?
The cutting wheel will eventually dull regardless of the material. But, for comparison I can say that I made at least 100 cuts of 65# and 100# card stock and then cut burlap fabric and nylon mesh with ease using the same wheel. As with any bladed tool it's a good idea to keep an extra blade or two on hand.