Paper Trimmers

Written by Rylee Newton
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When most of us think of paper trimmers we think of those large cutting boards with crisscross lines for accuracy. You've probably used one of these devices some time in your educational career. I remember using a paper cutter in art classes, and in my high school journalism class for layout and design. People often invest in these trimmers for arts and crafts projects because they create nice, clean lines every time.

You can find these trimmers in art supply stores and in office supply stores in your area. Many people invest in these trimmers for their home offices as well. These trimmers are excellent for marketing projects such as newsletter production and other correspondence. A word of caution: these paper trimmers take up quite a bit of space in your office. If you don't want to invest in one right now, you can always run down to your local printing or copying center and use one there.

Professional-Grade Paper Trimmers

When it comes to professional grade paper trimmers, precision is everything. Unlike those trimmers you remember from the classroom, these trimmers are much larger and much more expensive. They are often used for drafting and technical drawing, as well as engineering and even high traffic office mail rooms. In most cases they come equipped with a metal cutting device that you zip across the surface.

If you're looking for one of these devices, it's a good idea to find one with a blade that's easy to sharpen. It's also a good idea to find a trimmer that allows you to cut paper and other materials that are larger than the overall surface. Nothing is worse than having to cut your projects in two parts. Doing so reduces accuracy and can often lead to jagged edges and tears.

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