The Cutting edge Ruler is an acrylic ruler that has a 650 grit Diamond Carbide edge that is bonded to the ruler. What you really want to know is will the sharpener edge come off at some point? The answer is no, that is highly unlikely even for the most used ruler. I asked Mark about that. I got a very technical answer, but no it won't come off. The sharpener edge is there for good.
To answer a few more questions:
- Is the edge of the ruler sharp? No it is actually very smooth.
- Does the edge of the ruler stick out a lot to make it awkward to cut with? No.
- Does it really sharpen your blade? Yes! The cutting edge literally sharpens your rotary blade as you cut fabric.
- Will it remove the nicks in my blade from running over pins with my rotary cutter? The answer to that is, maybe. That will depend more on the depth of the nick in your blade. If it is really deep, it may not completely fix the nick, but it will definitely help make it less pronounced and smooth it some. If it is just a tiny nick, it probably will smooth it out like it did for some of mine.
- Will the sharpener become less effective over time? No. Because of the extremely tough substance that makes the Diamond Carbide edge, it should always be as effective in sharpening and cutting as the day you brought it home.
- Do they carry my favorite size of ruler? For the most part, YES! They have 10 of the most popular sizes of rulers in the edge. They have the following sizes: 4.5" square, 6.5" square, 9.5" square, 12.5" square, 16.5" square, 6.5" x 24.5" rectangle, 6.5" x 18" rectangle, and the "Yardstick" 4.5" x 37".
- Why is the ruler frosted? This is to help keep it from slipping. When you press down on the ruler and the frosted side is on your fabric, it won't slide around like the shiny acrylic rulers do. This means no more sandpaper dots, or double stick tape on your rulers. Yay!
- What's with the dots? The dots are registration marks to make it easier to see what measurement you are cutting at. I found this very helpful.
- Why is it in red and black and white? This makes the rulers actually very easy to read and to find the correct cutting line. It is so much easier than just black, or black and yellow is to see on other rulers.
So now your main questions have been answered. I was a little skeptical because it just didn't seem possible that a ruler could sharpen my blades while I cut fabric. Talk about a time saver! Two birds, one stone. You get the idea. My true opinion is that I really found this ruler to everything it claims to be.
The Pros---It sharpened my blades (all of which were terribly dull on purpose), it helps you get a straight, crisp cut easily and effectively, and it was easy to use. I would even venture to say it saved me time overall in cutting because it was so easy to see the large numbers and registration dots on the ruler. The lines are easy to see and to read, which kept me from searching for the right place to cut. The way the rulers are designed was perfect for me. You can see that the inch lines in red on the square easily, so squaring up a block is such a breeze. On the long ruler, the black lines from the sharpener edge are the one inch mark, and the red lines are the half inch mark. So simple. The frosting makes it slip less. It pulled some of the small nicks out of my blades, which was unexpected. Not all, but the tiny ones are gone. It was easy to use right from the start- there is no learning curve or lip to line up, or strange markings to get used to. I also found that if I sharpen one side of the blade, then turn the blade over in the cutter and sharpen the opposite side, it makes the blade almost brand new.
The Cons----The overall cost of these rulers is a little more (about $25 for the 6.5" x 24.5" size and $18 for the 12.5" square) than the acrylic rulers that most quilters use. However; keep in mind the cost in savings by not purchasing new blades as frequently, and the rotary blade sharpeners on the market now cost more than one of these rulers. I have seen some rotary blade sharpeners run anywhere from $30-$65. I'm no expert, but at least with the Cutting Edge you get a ruler too! Another downside is that the frosting on the ruler is a bit heavy. If your cutting mat is dark green it can be hard to see darker fabrics through the ruler. I found that the fabric and green cutting mat blended together through the frosting making it hard to see where to line up the fabric. I did try the ruler on several cutting mats, and the dark green is the only color that was challenging. Blue, grey, pink, yellow, white were all fine to see the fabric. There is a sort of gritty sound when you are first cutting with a dull blade. After about five passes, it is about the same as any other ruler. I got used to it really fast.
Bottom Line-- The good definitely outweighs the bad. This ruler is a winner. Even though I could change back to my standard ruler that I normally use, I haven't. I think that says a lot. I always go back to my stand-by's if I don't love a product. I think this one is my new love.
The giveaway rules: Leave a comment about why you need a Cutting Edge Ruler. There will be two winners each of whom will get their choice of size of one Cutting Edge Ruler from Sullivan's. Cool huh! That's it easy! But if you love this review, post about it on your blog, Tweet about it, Facebook about it and then come back here and let me know in a comment. The kids who do that extra bit will be entered to win a separate prize for a quilt kit for my Swing Dance pattern. Three winners total-- one winner for the kit, two winners for the rulers. (the kit is in black and white and pink, not in the colors shown on the cover)
Giveaway ends on President's Day Monday Feb 21st at 9 PM MST.
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