It was well loved! I bought a new one off ebay, still from Westcott but this time a KleenEarth type. Well it never arrived :( so I bought one from Michael's using a nice fancy coupon. A Fiskar brand Trimmer.
Having used both now I will pick my favorite and list the pros and cons of each!
- Blade cartridge slide flips to the left making it easier to slide paper strips (stars mainly) out after it has been cut
- ruler has CM and IN
- a real pain to replace blades, have cut myself a few times on it
- The blade groove is really small and gets paper dust stuck in it, after constantly cleaning it out I think I ruined it since the blade does not move right anymore :(
- Cannot buy replacement blades anywhere but online, which is a pain when waiting for them to arrive
- if you are not careful how hard you push the blade you will shred the paper rather than cut it.
- Blades are decent, like sharpened metal rather than a blade. Will not cut some paper (like old book pages or really thin paper, it just shreds it)
- replacement blades cheaper and can be bought at craft stores
- Titanium blades sharpened on both sides instead of being just a sharp piece of metal
- Guide wire makes it easier to keep paper straight
- easier to replace blade (has a slot to pop it out rather than having to wrestle the blade of the slide)
- prettier (what, I like aesthetics)
- No paper dust being caught in a tiny groove
- Cuts everything realllllllly smoothly
- initial cost of cutter a few dollars more than Westcott
- Slide flips right making it a little slower when moving paper (I think this might be because I am used to another direction and will get better with practice)
So I think it is safe to say that Fiskar is my favorite! If my KleenEarth Fiskar ever arrives I will probably keep it as a spare, but Fiskar is my new brand!