Pages: [1]   Go Down

Author Topic: Cutting mats?  (Read 445 times)

gchappel

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Online Online
  • Posts: 135
Cutting mats?
« on: October 04, 2018, 06:56:32 PM »

I am looking at getting a large cutting mat- roughly 4x6ft. 
Will be used for cutting paper, foam board, possibly canvas.
I would suspect 25-50 cuts a month, so low useage.
There seem to be two main types of self healing mats.
There are hard surface (self sealing) mats- which are more rigid and rugged.  Rhino mat is an example.
The other type is the more routine 3mm soft surface self-healing mat.
I will be cutting primarily with a scalpel or straight knife.
Any thoughts, specific brands, etc?
Thanks
Gary
Logged

Ken Doo

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1032
    • Carmel Fine Art Printing & Reproduction
Re: Cutting mats?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2018, 07:31:05 PM »

I think it is hard to beat the Rhino Mats.

ken

Jeffrey Saldinger

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 155
    • Jeffrey Saldinger
Re: Cutting mats?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 07:34:57 PM »

Iíve used Alvin cutting mats for decades, although smaller than what you require. The few times I've called them they were very helpful.

https://www.alvinco.com/Shop/Products.aspx?ST=cutting+mat&x=49&y=7
Logged
Jeffrey
Astoria, New York
www.jeffreysaldinger.com

William Chitham

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 145
Re: Cutting mats?
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 06:21:46 AM »

Another thing to consider is the surface "feel" of the mat. I just bought one of these: https://tinyurl.com/y7sbn5ls about 6'x4'which I suppose is the soft surface type and I'm pretty happy with it but the surface has a slight tack to it which means things don't slide around on it easily. I use the table for everything from paper cutting to framing to glass cutting and sometimes I think the tackiness is excellent, sometimes it is a pain.

William.
Logged

JimAscher

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 403
    • Jim Ascher Photos
Re: Cutting mats?
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2018, 11:54:46 AM »

I've covered my whole cutting table with a rolling-chair floor mat acquired from Office Depot, and cut to size to fit the table's surface, placing it textured-side up.   Works fine for all my mat cutting with an Xacto (sp?) type blade cutter. 
Logged
Jim Ascher

See my SmugMug site:
http://jimascherphotos.smugmug.com/

gchappel

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Online Online
  • Posts: 135
Re: Cutting mats?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 01:06:44 PM »

Thanks for the helpful guidance. 
I am leaning more towards the harder surface, just did not want to do anything more stupid than I usually do.
Gary
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up