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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > Rotary Cutter blades: Are Olfa and Fiskars blades interchangeable? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Rotary Cutter blades: Are Olfa and Fiskars blades interchangeable?
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Date: 3/1/10 2:46 PM

I seem to be going through a lot of rotary cutter blades and I'm looking for ways to economize, since blades can be expensive.

I spotted a 5-pack of Fiskars rotary blades for about $17 at a discount store, but my rotary handle is an Olfa.

Can anyone tell me whether the same-size rotary blades from Fiskars and Olfa are interchangeable? Thanks for any assistance here.

Wendy in Oregon

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Date: 3/1/10 3:20 PM

Wendy, blades are blades. You can use any brand of rotary blade (even generics) as long as it's the same size as your rotary cutter.

Also, an inexpensive way to refresh your blades is to squirt a drop of sewing machine oil on it. I do just before I cut a project, and it really does rejuvenate the blade.

Finally, you can probably get a better deal by buying your blades on ebay.



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Date: 3/1/10 3:51 PM

I second Nancy's suggestion to buy on ebay. I bought 15 Fiskars 45mm rotary blades for $12.50 with shipping a few months ago.

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Date: 3/1/10 4:07 PM

Big thanks to all of you.

Chica and Nancy, the Ebay idea is a great; I'll start watching the prices there.

Also, I seem to have seen information somewhere about a tool that re-sharpens rotary blades. That seems like such a good idea from an ecological point of view . . . . seems like a shame to throw out so many metal blades after they are dulled. Has anyone heard about that option? Or has anyone taken in blades for sharpening when they go to those people who will sharpen your scissors and knives at fabric-store events?

Thanks everybody.

Wendy

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Date: 3/1/10 4:42 PM

I've seen this sharpener on Cleaner Supply's website (they have other sizes, too; NAYY). I've vaguely considered getting it because it might pay for itself, but I don't know. I'm sure you can find other sharpeners elsewhere. I haven't heard of people taking in their rotary blades to be sharpened, maybe because it's so easy and relatively inexpensive to replace them compared to scissors. I would imagine a professional could sharpen them, but it might not be worth the cost - I don't know how much more life you'd get out of them.

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Date: 3/1/10 4:59 PM

I bought one of those sharpeners thinking it would save me money. There are probably different brands but my one is useless!! It makes the blades blunter. I've followed the instructions to the letter and I know the basics of how to sharpen something but I can't get it to work properly. It actually doesn't surprise me as it's a cheap piece junk which was way overpriced. I really should toss it.

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Date: 3/1/10 5:28 PM

I'm afraid the blade sharpeners are completely useless. Several years ago, I bought the same one that is shown on the Cleaner's website. It didn't work at all.

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Date: 3/1/10 5:39 PM

Are they really interchangeable? I bought Olfa blades but they don't fit my Fiskars cutter. The holes in the two blades are different. One is round and the other square.

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Date: 3/1/10 5:43 PM

Nancy I'm glad you said this. I checked and I own the same one you do, the one shown on the Cleaner's website. I've been wondering if it was just me. As you said it doesn't work at all. Thanks, I can toss it now and not feel guilty. In fact I'll get up and do it now.

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Date: 3/1/10 5:56 PM

Barb, I don't know what kind of Friskars rotary cutter you have. But I used to own a Friskars rotary cutter and I used Olfa blades in it. I now own an Olfa rotary cutter and use generic or Olfa blades.

Belinda, I never got that sharpener to work.
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