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Monday, February 15, 2010

Rotary Blades

Rotary Cutter Blade

I know when I first used my rotary cutter I fell in love with how easy they are to use and how quick they make cutting your pieces. I have a 45mm standard Olfa rotary cutter and earlier this year I realised how dull my blade had become. I don't know what it is like in other countries, but here in Australia it cost me $10 to purchase one replacement blade.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered a pack of 5 on ebay for barely more than I spent on one!! I knew I had to see if the seller was up to scratch.

Well if you use a rotary blade, Birdbrain Collectibles and Scrapbooking is a seller you should add to your bookmarks! I ended up buying a couple of things from her as she responded to my questions within the hour. Generally I am happy if I get a reply by the next day, so I was astounded by her prompt and polite service. My package of goodies arrived in a timely manner. I purchased a pack of 5 rotary blades which should last me a while yet.

She informed me she doesn't carry all stock all the time, however she does seem to have a regular supply of rotary blades in her store so I am sure she will keep getting them in if people keep buying them.

She sells in packs of 5, 10 or 15 and between her prices and her amazing service I am sure you will be pleased.


Michele said...

I recently picked up FIVE 5 blade packs - that's 25 blades for under $30 (including shipping). That's even cheaper than one pack with a coupon at Joann's (US chain store).

Look at a bunch of the sellers...and even if they don't ship to Australia, I'm sure you have a friend or relative in the US who could reship it in a priority envelope for $12. You'd still come out way ahead.

I see one current auction for 50 fiskar blades...item# 370334925873. Interesting to see where it ends in 2 days.

Happy sewing!

SandyQuilts said...

You might want to consider buying a Rotary Cutter Blade Sharpener. It certainly will extend the life of your blades.

Scarlett Burroughs said...

I let my readers know about your success in buying blades on EBay for a lower cost

Thanks for sharing, you too Michele.

With warm regards,
Scarlett Burroughs
Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

Metanoia said...

Michele, that is quite a bargain! You won't need to purchase more blades for years. To be honest, I did find a cheaper seller on ebay, but they still haven't responded to my question on another item. I am happier to spend only a few dollars more (still cheaper than Aus) to go with an absolutely fantastic seller. Her communication was the best I've ever experienced on ebay.

Metanoia said...

SandyQuilts - another tool I haven't seen here as yet. I will have to look into it... To be honest my first blade lasted well past 6 months, so I think I'll be ok for a while yet with my 5 pack!

Metanoia said...

Scarlett Burroughs, thankyou very much for the feature :D

Margaret @ Konstant Kaos said...

I also use my sharpening stone that we normally use in the kitchen. Saves me lots of $$$$.