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Get a grip on an Essdee linoleum cutter and achieve stellar results at an economical price. Fit for smaller hands, the sturdy molded plastic handle has a screw chuck and finest quality ground steel blades. 2½" long.
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By Ms. Kelly
from Raleigh, NC
Comments about Essdee Small Plastic Linoleum Cutter:
It's really hard to find nibs where you don't have to buy each one individually so this pack of 25, where you get 5 of each nib is a great deal! Needed these for a class I was teaching they fit great in the Speedball Wooden E-Z Cut Handle (which I purchased to use with these) or a regular plastic Speedball handle (tested on my personal one). Purchasing individual nibs for a class setting (w/small budget) is just too expensive so this was the best deal I found online or compared to in store.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Good class set
These cutters are very sturdy for the price. I have used them over and over as a class room set for beginning printing classes and workshops. I have even used them carving birch plywood. The blades keep sharp and the handles are strong enough. They are easy to grip and comfortable in your palm.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Worked well enough for Middle School
By Art Instructor
from Anderson, SC
After using the blades in my classroom, I wanted to share more of my experiences. First, what I didn't notice was that some of the blades that were in the package didn't look like the blades in the photos. The #5 was a completely different shape (rounded on the end instead of flat). The design of the rounded blade made it cumbersome and difficult to control, so we used our Xacto knives instead. The #6 was also difficult to use on the Soft-Kut linoleum (I had purchased the 10-blade assortment). Again, no matter what I tried, it kept digging into the linoleum and jamming. This was due to the poor design of the blade - the sides were too shallow and should have had more curvature, allowing the blade to slice through the softer linoleum. You can only do very small gouges with this tool, and even then, it's very difficult to control. This one worked much better on harder linoleum since it forces this blade to stay on the surface. Aside from that, the other blades did well on the Soft-Kut, but I would hesitate to use them on the harder linoleums in the long run. They can't compare with the Speedball blades cutting power. With that said, 8 out of the 10 blades did work well enough on the Soft-Kut. The kids didn't seem to have any problems (I removed the #6s and nobody used the #5s). So if you're on a budget, you can get by with these (you didn't get very many #5's and #6's, thankfully). But I am definitely saving up money to get full sets of the Speedball blades, as I want my students to progress to the harder linoleums. They are far superior, and well worth the extra cost. The metal on the Speedball brand is thicker, and the edges are noticeably higher and the edges sharpened deeper into the blade. If you are looking for a long-term investment, or wanting to cut harder linoleum, stick with Speedball blades. But if you are looking for a low-cost alternative for Middle School, and you don't plan to use anything beyond the softer-type linoleums, then these will work fine for the price. They "did the job" on a budget. But for advanced artwork in the upper grades, stick with Speedball.
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Essdee blades on Speedball handles
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Affordable Lino Cutter Blades
(This is a review on the blades, not the red plastic cutter handles). I purchased the box of 25 cutter blades with 10 different tips for my classroom use. (This company also makes a box of 25 blades with only 5 different tips). The price was excellent as was the assortment of blades, so I ordered 2 boxes. I opted for the Speedball wooden linocutter handles instead of the red plastic ones that fit these blades. I know Speedball has always made quality products, and I didn't want to take a chance of having to send the red plastic ones back and miss the sale on the Speedball handles just in case I didn't like them. So I thought I would try these blades on the Speedball handles. They fit the Speedball handles nicely! They were the perfect answer for having a variety of blade sizes without having to purchase a dozen of every size had I opted for the Speedball blades. These look fairly identical to the Speedball brand and have worked very well using the Soft-Kut linoleum. If you are on a budget, I highly recommend these blades as an excellent substitute for the Speedball brand blades.
Box containing 25 cutter blades
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Cutter blades attached to Speedball handles
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