I receive a lot of emails asking for recommendations for various supplies, tools, and resources. And many people requested through my first reader survey that I list my favorite supplies on my blog. So I decided that every week I will share one of my favorite things in my toolbox. For the first "In My Toolbox" post, I wanted to write about my favorite paper cutter. If you are new to paper crafting or a seasoned pro, having a nice quality paper cutter will save you time and make life easier. I've had my Dahle 552 paper cutter for over ten years and it still works as well as it did when I first bought it. My first paper cutter was an inexpensive one (the kind you can buy at your local craft store) and I disliked it because it didn't make perfectly straight cuts. This Dahle 552 paper cutter makes perfectly straight cuts and the self-sharpening blade is enclosed in a protective house so even my boys can use it (I always supervise them though). I love the fact that I have never had to replace the blade and it still is super sharp and I also love that you can make cuts in either direction. This model can cut paper up to 20 1/8" long which I find handy since I often use large sheets of paper for projects. The paper cutter is made of metal so it is quite sturdy. I definitely recommend Dahle paper cutters!

Reader Comments (5)

I too love my Dahl paper cutter and have had it for a decade as well! I am wanting a new one though as it can't cut large sized sheets, thanks for sharing the info on yours! How many sheets of cardstock can you cut at a time (just regular 60-88 lb.)? Thanks in advance for your help! :) Keep up the beautiful work that you do!

05.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

this post is just what i needed! like you, i also got a cheap cutter at the craft store. i only used it a few times and now it's collecting dust bc it didn't make straight cuts! i'm in search of a good ACCURATE cutter. gonna look into this. thanks for sharing!

05.22.2013 | Unregistered Commentersooki

SUZANNE // I think you can do 3-4 sheets, but I actually don't like to do too many sheets at one time since sometimes it is hard to keep the paper from shifting (this is the case with any rotary blade paper cutter though). The larger size is so convenient! :)

05.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

I love "in your toolbox" posts! Might I request an accompanying "where do you store it post? Does the paper cutter stay out on a surface or do you store it away in a closet? I struggle so much with supplies and where to keep them. I have always loved glimpses into your tidy, minimal work spaces. Thanks so much for the lovely blog, it is a treat to visit!

05.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

CHRISTINE // Thank you! I usually have the paper cutter on my worktable, but if I need more space on the worktable then I just lean it against the wall on my studio. I'll try to post some photographs of how I organize my studio, although I am still working on it. If you have shelves, I recommend boxes and baskets to sort out your craft supplies. I use a lot of Ikea boxes for organizing my supplies and then place them inside a closet with shelves. Hope this helps!

05.26.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

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