Mat Cutter Blades?

Framar

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For the past 25 years I have been very spoiled with Hendrixson blades for my Keeton Kutter with the Hendrixson Head - I put "used" blades into the straight cutter head after a couple of dozen mats. And I have always used single-sided #12 razor blades for cutting dust covers.

Now I have opened my LAST box of 100 Hendrixson blades and my fingers have pursuaded me to start using the dust-cover trimmer so I need to start buying some new blades.

I looked in the United catalog and also LJs - was astonished to find such a huge and baffling selection of blades from which to choose - C&H, Logan, Carithers, plus LJ's and United's own brands. Plus they come in size (weight, thickness?) designations, ie, "1200, 1500, 1700."

Oh, and they also come "one-sided" and "two-sided."

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Can anyone help me through this maze of blades (ouch!)?
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I need them primarily for the straight cutting side of the Keeton (used to cut matboard, foam and gator) and the dust-cover trimmer.

Someday down the road I will also be needing to find the best blade to replace the Hendrixson for the bevel cutter as well... *sigh*
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Anyone done any comparison testing on any or all of this array of blades?

Thanks in advance!
 

wpfay

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Framar, I feel your pain.
Before Bob Hendrixson made his own blade, the Keetons ran real well on 0900 and 1200 "no notch" single edge blades.

I've always used regular duty utility knife blades in the cut-off side of the Keeton, and I use anything handy for trimming dust covers...usually a retractile box cutter with a single edge 1200 blade. These blades are the old fashioned single edge with the reinforced back.

Pre-Wizard I used the 1200SE blades in my 60" Barton for oversized mats (still do if they are thicker than 8-ply). These are single edged as well as being single beveled . Not only is one edge sharpened, but because of the single bevel only one tip can be used for mat cutting. The guy I bought the Barton off of didn't realize this and thought he was getting the best of me by selling me a defective cutter. :rolleyes:

Another option is to get yourself an Arkansas White oil stone and resharpen those used Hendrixson blades.
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trapper

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A blade is a blade is a blade..yes..no??? SOme blades are single, some are doubled, some are belevled one side only others on both side, but when done fi9guring out what blade your looking for isn't it a matter then of how shapr is it and whats it made of..???
I have always called the "oem" and ordered directly from them??? Not such a good idea....
yes ..no???
I figured who knows better than the company who made the thing in the first place..
 

Framar

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Ah, trapper - if only I could buy "oem" blades for either Keeton or Hendrixson - but they are gone, gone, gone!

And Wally, I of course have an Arkansas soft white stone (thanks to RAH and his list of essentials!) but sharpening blades is not one of the gifts I have been given. Now, if you want me to "dullen" a blade - THAT I can do with great expertise! LOL!

Come on, y'all - somebody has to have an opinion about these available blades!!!

Thank you!
 

Bob Doyle

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Hey Trapper,

Is a blade a blade, NO!

I like single edge 12's be it C&H 1200SE or Fletchers .012SE The double edged seem to flex and give inconsistent cuts. The 15s are too fat for 4 ply,but use them for 8 ply, they don't flex as much.

You'll find we are as parcial to our blades as we are to our cutters. Just ask which is better Fletcher or C&H and you're sure to have a long thread on your hands!
 
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