Friday, November 7, 2014

What to Look For When Choosing a Cutting Mat

A cutting mat is an essential drafting and craft supply. Cutting mats protect surfaces and make it easier to produce precise cuts. A variety of cutting mats with different features are available today. Some of these features are very useful while others do not make much of a difference. It is important to know how to choose a cutting mat.


The first thing to look at is the thickness of the cutting mat. The best cutting mats are at least 3 millimeters thick. A knife could easily cut through thinner mats. It also helps to look at the number of layers or plies of material. The mat should have at least three layers. The center layer should be the thickest. These are the most durable cutting mats.

Self-Healing Material

Choose a cutting mat that is made from a self-healing material. Knife marks on these cutting mats close up so that the surface remains smooth for a longer time. Self-healing cutting mats can last for years. They are also able to handle a variety of cutting tools including rotary knives. Avoid mats that are not self-healing.

Measuring Grid and Marks

Look for a cutting mat that has a clear grid on the surface or other measuring marks. A grid makes it much easier to cut paper or other materials down to exact sizes. Look for a mat with a grid that covers most of the surface. Additionally, pick a mat that has measuring marks along the edges for handling oversized materials. The most useful cutting mats have a variety of measuring marks on the surface to help align materials and show sizes quickly.


The final thing to look at is the texture and finish of the cutting mat. The cutting mat should have a surface with a little texture. This will help the mat to grip the paper while it is being cut. Do not choose a smooth mat because the material will slide readily across the surface. Pick a cutting mat that has a matte appearance with anti-glare properties. Glossy cutting mats can make it hard to work and see the measuring marks or material.


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