This device, despite its handy size, provides you with the means to make professional quality mat cuts. This well designed tool is great for anyone who regularly cuts passepartouts but must keep price in mind. It can be easily disassembled and its subsequent storage requires very little space.
The open ended, spring loaded aluminium guide rail allows you to make exact mat cuts of every size: up to 810 mm long edges can be cut in a single pass, beyond that length the board must be shifted. The guide rail has a groove within which the mat cutter for 45° cuts can be clicked into place. The 45° push style cutter (Logan model 2000) has a continuously adjustable cutting depth up to maximum 2.0 mm and has a start/stop indicator that prevents overcuts. The 90° cutter (LOGAN STRAIGHT CUTTER 500) is provided for cutting the outer dimensions of a board.
The parallel mat guide, which can be locked in place and, if needs be, removed, allows you to cut passepartout borders from 20 to 110 mm. This adjustable mat guide stop running parallel to the guide rail makes it much easier to pencil in a line where you want to make your cut and of course also makes the actual cutting easier as well because you only have to push the cardboard all the way to your preset stop to know that it is in the right position. During the cutting process, the mat board will automatically be held in place under the guide rail by virtue of the pressure you will be applying to the cutting head - with the effect that the mat board cannot shift or slide out of position. The Logan 301-1 Compact Classic can be upgraded with the LOGAN MAT CUTTER 3000 (a pull style cutter) or the LOGAN MAT CUTTER ELITE 701-1.
The American brand Logan has been manufacturing professional quality cutters for passepartout, paperboards and rigid foam boards since 1974. This world market leader offers a comprehensive assortment of products in grades varying from those for do-it-yourselfers to those for professionals.
Anyone who wants to cut his own passepartout has the choice among products that are differentiated by quality, construction materials, and, of course, price. The following questions should be asked before choosing a passepartout cutter:
- How often do you plan on using the device?
- What are the sizes of the passepartouts you plan on cutting?
- What are your budgetary limitations?
Passepartout cutters that consist of a straight edge with a guide groove and an attachable cutting head (MAPED MAT CUTTER, LOGAN PASSEPARTOUT CUTTER SET) are great as economically priced entry-level devices that do not require a lot of space and whose straight edge can be used on its own. A CUTTING MAT must be placed under the material to be cut. It is important that the straight edge have a non-slip rubber backing so as to avoid the possibility of it slipping out of position during the cutting process. Good concentration and some practice with the device is required, especially when making long cuts, in order to coordinate the holding of the straight edge with the guiding of the cutter head. The more metal components that a cutter set has, the more expensive it is but those parts are also longer wearing and provide precise results for a much longer time.
The so-called table cutters, which, like a cutting machine with a worktop that has a straight edge attached to it, are great for those who plan on cutting their own passepartouts and for whom speed and accuracy are the most important considerations. These devices take up somewhat more space and if you do not plan to leave yours set up on a permanent basis you must also consider the space required for storing it. An adjustable mat guide running parallel to the guide rail makes it much easier to pencil in a line where you want your cut to be and of course also makes the actual cutting easier as well because you only have to push the mat board all the way to your preset stop to know that it is in the right position. During the cutting process, the mat board will automatically be held in place under the guide rail by virtue of the pressure you will be applying to the cutting head - with the effect that the mat board cannot shift or slide out of position. This feature assures that even long cuts can be done with exactitude.
In general, the cutting of passepartout requires a certain amount of practice; we recommend that you first familiarize yourself with the whole process by working on cardboard scraps or the like until you feel competent enough to attack the real thing.