Choosing The Correct Blade Type - Edward Mathias & Co

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Choosing The Correct Blade Type

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The best way is to tell us what machine you have and what materials you cut.
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If you have not previously used the type we recommend we can send you some to try.
We probably make more blade types than any other manufacturer but using too many different types can cause confusion and errors so we don't encourage customers to use more types than they really need.

Before you assume you need a different or a “special” blade for a particular material please read the rest of this page.

Not all materials are the same - they may have the same generic descriptions (like reflective, prismatic, sandblast etc)
but they may be entirely different.

Not all plotters are the same - the power and the cutting characteristics of plotters vary considerably.

The best way to cut a material on one machine may be entirely different to another.
Be wary of “experts” who will sell you "a 60 Degree blade" as a solution to all cutting problems
it is often the worst possible option.

Unless the material you wish to cut is very unusual.
Do not assume that you need a different type of blade until you have tried the type you already use.

Correct plotter settings are as important as blade type.
Take control of your machine - do some tests - adjust force and speed settings.
Settings are not there to be admired or ignored - they are there to be used and understood.
Would you drive a car using only one gear?

Surprisingly often you may find that you do not need to use a different type of blade.
Despite what you may have been told by “experts”.
But for some materials it may be advisable to keep a separate blade.
Not necessarily a different type - just separate.

If, by adjusting settings, you cannot achieve the quality of cut you want and you DO need a different type of blade or Smart Knife, the information from your tests will help us to recommend the most suitable blade type for your application when you call us.

You are always welcome to call us for help with cutting problems.

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