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Wonkee Donkee’s top tips for using a craft knife

Wonkee Donkee’s top tips for using a craft knife

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Wonkee Donkee's top tips for using a craft knife Here are some top tips to consider when using your craft knife for general cutting.
Make sure your craft knife has a razor sharp blade

Keep it sharp

Before you begin working with your craft knife, make sure it has a sharp, clean blade. If the blade is too dull it will only bunch and tear the material, rather than cut it.

A craft knife is often used with a cutting mat

Use a cutting mat

A craft knife is commonly used in conjunction with a cutting mat: a protective covering that the workpiece can be placed on. A cutting mat not only protects the work surface, but also provides a durable surface to cut into that will not dull the blade.

Hold a craft knife like a pencil

Hold like a pencil

You should hold your craft knife in between your thumb and fingers, as you would hold a pencil.

For curved cuts move the material rather than the knife

Move the material

For curved or shaped cuts, it may be easier to move the material, rather than the knife, by gently pulling it around the blade.

A metal ruler is ideal when doing straight cuts

Use a metal ruler

For straight cuts, place a metal ruler (a craft knife blade may cut into a plastic or wooden one) next to the cut line and draw the blade down the ruler’s edge. This will give you a perfectly straight cut and stop the blade from moving off course.

If you use a dull blade the edges will be rough

The right pressure

Do not press too hard and attempt to drag the craft knife down the material, as this can lead to uneven cuts and damaged blades.

You will now have a clean even cut in your material If used in the correct way, a craft knife will leave you with a clean and even cut.

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