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Off-brand rotary blades   General Discussion

Started Feb-12 by sueinIL; 428 views.
sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-12

Have any of you used any of the off-brand rotary blades sold by Amazon?  There is one brand--SOMOLUX-with over 6,000 5-star reviews, and they are a lot cheaper than Olfa blades.  Is this a case of "if it sounds too good to be true..."?

I did get burned several years ago buying blades from Harbor Freight which were very dull right out of the container.

I just put my last Olfa 45 blade in the cutter and would like to have more on hand.  What are your thoughts on the "other" brands?

Sue in IL

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

Feb-12

I usually buy replacement Olfa blades at my local JoAnn store using discount coupons. The exception for me is buying replacement blades for my Martelli cutter and in that case I call the Martelli place in Florida and buy direct from the company. The Martelli blades are not cheap but they are wicked sharp and seem to last a long time.

Took a gander at some of those off-market blades for sale at Amazon and frankly, my dear, it is a zoo, a very dangerous zoo out there. Buyer beware when it comes to buying blades on Amazon as far as I am concerned. Read the negative reviews on some of those blades, Sue, and run for your life (or at least your credit card's life) because it looks like the old P.T. Barnum game of a sucker is born every minute when it comes to blades that cost $1.00 each.

I don't know where they get the positive reviews from ... can sellers hire enough relatives to inflate their reviews?  LOL

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-12

Thanks, Judy,

I will take a look at the negative comments for those blades.  I was just impressed by how many positive responses they had. 

So often when I have JoAnn's coupons or they are on my phone app, the fine print prevents  using them for cutting equipment altogether.

Well, back to Amazon to do a more thorough search.

Sue in IL

Do you ever use one of those blade sharpeners to extend the life of your blades a little more?  I have not used them myself, but I have seen some well-known quilters recommend them, including one of my favorite people, Pepper Cory.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdd3JiWnmtE 

I have one of those blue twisty things.  It helps a little but definitely the blade is NOT like new.  Maybe because I let it go too long before i try to sharpen it.

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-12

I have that twisty thing, too.  I remember it worked to some extent, but the sand paper wore down quickly on both surfaces.  It's probably in the drawer of "no longer used but can't possibly be thrown out" tools.

Sue in Il

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sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-12

My daughter told me that we once ordered some cheap blades from Amazon.  I didn't remember that, but guess what I found in the afore-mentioned drawer. Looks like I might have used one and then relegated the rest of the pack to the drawer. Guess I answered my own question.

Sue in IL

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

Feb-12

Sue, a lot of the cheaper blades are not the tempered steel quality as Olfa and thus may not be as sharp or keep their edge as long.  I prefer the Olfa or Quilters Select brands.

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Feb-12

I haven't heard of Quilters Select blades.  I'll see if Amazon has them.  Thanks!

Sue in IL

Sue, I've used a few generics off of Amazon. No problems with them. I used to have a place that sold them in 50/100 packs and Mark (my then husband) would buy me a hundred for Christmas--I think they were like $180 for the 100 pack. That was > a decade ago.

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