Kirk Fanelly - Inalid Paper Cutting
Having just one mediocre option for anything in life is depressing, so I was psyched to find Swann-Morton blades as an alternative to the X-Acto blades I had been using for inlaid paper cuts. It turned out that not only were they a viable alternative, but the superior choice.
Here's why: from the start, the method of attaching the blade to the tool is more efficient and stable. It takes a little getting used to using pliers to attach and remove the blade (never use your fingers), but it's a far better system than twisting a threaded tool tip (which inevitably fails over time). Once you get the hang of it, it's literally a snap!
Secondly, after 200 blades, I'm yet to have one tip break. I easily cut through a few sheets of paper at a time for a few hours a day without having to replace a blade. The blades are thin, strong and flexible. In my work, it's not a matter of cutting down a drawn line (a pencil line is too thick), it's a matter of cutting on the edge of a line; Swann-Morton blades give you that precision. Need to shave off a millimeter or less? Not a problem.
The blade that works best for me is the 10A along with the Acrylic Craft Handle. You can always order a small sample pack and find the right one for your needs before ordering in bulk. My only complaint is that Swann-Morton isn't more readily available in the U.S. Everyone should be using these instead of the competitors' product. Thanks again for making a superior cutting tool. Cheers, Kirk
p.s. some of Kirk's work covers adult themes: kirkfanelly.com