Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Different Types of Lino Cutters

There are two types of lino cutters available from George Weil.

The traditional lino cutter requires you to push the blade away from you in order to cut the block.  It is important to keep your hands well away from the moving blade in case the blade should slip while cutting.  The blades for the handle in our photograph are held in the handle with a tightened chuck fitting.

How to cut a lino block
Lino Cutter with 10 blades
A traditional lino cutter set including 10 blades, the different types
of blades will carry out different degrees and widths of cut.
Wooden handled lino cutter set
A wooden handle with push-in blades
The blades used in the Speedball Linozip Safety Cutter have been designed so that they cut the lino with a pulling motion, much in the same way you would peel an apple or a potato.  This means that the handle is held more securely giving better and safer control, see below.

Close-up of the Linozip Safety Cutter in use
Lino block being cut on a bench hook
Linozips Safety Cutter in use with the Bench Hook / Inking Plate
which keeps the block still while it is being cut
The Speedball Linozip Cutter
The angled blades for the Linozip cutter are
designed to work by pulling towards the body. 

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