Artique - Opinions please

Elaine

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My LJ rep sent me artique samples, and I would like to know the opinions of those of you who use them. Do you use them as a supplement to Bainbridge & crescent colors or are they your sole mat choice.

No bashing, just honest opinions on quality, pricing, etc.

Thanks

Elaine
 

CAframer

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We use in addition to Bainbridge & Crescent. They have some useful colors.

Apart from mats proper, their A4968 makes a very nice closure in conjunction with RabbetSpace.
 

Maryann

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We use them - probably as a primary choice with Truvue a close second, then Crescent and Bainbridge. Their price point is excellent.
 

Kit

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Nice mats but some of them seem to be over-buffered. ATG lifts right off and won't stick unless you burnish it down. (My rep told me I was the only person experiencing this problem - but then, he said that about everything.)

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stshof

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Great mats, great colors, great price, virtually no discontinueds. Only downside is LJ delivers once a week, I can get B & C delivered three days a week. But it really isn't a big deal just wanted to be completely honest.
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They are our first choice when matting. The price points are great and they are almost always "in-stock". If a board is out of stock LJ will have several options through the other manufacturers. I say go for it, but then again I'm probably part of the LJ conspiracy to take over the world.
 

D_Derbonne

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I use a lot of Artique mats.
They have a good color selection and good prices.
 

Elaine

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Any special adjustments for depth on the CMC due to thickness?
 

stshof

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Originally posted by Elaine:
Any special adjustments for depth on the CMC due to thickness?
No, none at all. They cut really clean. I think you'll love them!
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I find they have a denser core so when cutting them I always dial up my blade depth just a little bit.

They have great colors. HOwever - I've heard rumor that they are not as "healthy" as the bainbridge alphamats - is that true, or was our BB salesperson just trying to drum up more sales??
 

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well, it's been a while - but I remember them pulling out one of those acid test pens and drawing a line on the artique and the BB and the color change indicated that the artique had a higher acid content (or something to that effect)
 

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They are the first ones I use when not going for a rag mat. Colors are nice , love the price, and I have never had an oos. My last employer had a bad cmc and last I knew was going to drop the line because they were a nightnare to cut on her cmc. They always hooked no matter what was done. The stiffness of the board saeemed to be a factor. Now that I have a Wizard 8000, I can tell you that has never been the case and they always cut beautifully. Go for it!
 

Jerry Ervin

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Originally posted by El Framo:
I say go for it, but then again I'm probably part of the LJ conspiracy to take over the world.
I too feel that I have turned to the 'Dark Side'.

As long as we are on top when the transformation is complete we will be all right.

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Elaine

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My rep told me that are redoing their relationship with JA - that was good news

I will try the artique as another option

Thanks for all the advice

Elaine
 
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