If you’ve ever used a Self-Healing Cutting Mat, you’ll know what a brilliant invention they are. Any lines or marks you make on the mat after using your Stanley knife or scalpel just close up, leaving a smooth surface with no grooves or marks. You have the same flat cutting surface ready for your next task – and your cutting tools and work tables last much longer, too.
But with several types on the market, how do you know which one is best for a particular task? We’ve done the hard work for you and assessed three of our best-selling cutting mats against a whole host of factors, from self-healing and anti-glare properties to resistance to shocks and tears, and durability. Plus, we look at which cutting tool works best on which cutting mat.
The green self-healing cutting mat is very popular with hobbyists and anyone working on crafts such as photography, quilting and other fabric crafts. It’s particularly good at self-healing, with almost invisible knife cuts, and has an excellent anti-glare surface – great for reducing eye strain. It also rates highly on its ability to reduce tramlining when cutting.
This self-healing cutting mat is best for use with rotary cutters; craft knives, scalpels and Stanley knives are also fine. If you’re itching to get on with your next craft or sewing project, this one’s for you!
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If you’re looking for a robust workbench mat that will stand up to heavy commercial use, take a look at our Heavy Duty White Cutting Mat.
The semi-opaque mat scores best when it comes to durability and resistance against shocks and tears, anti-glare and razor straight cutting. It also gets maximum marks for reducing tramlining when cutting. And, as you might expect from a heavy duty mat, it’s solvent proof and waterproof, and can cope with most chemicals that come its way.
This one’s for heavy duty applications, for sure: expect to find it in the warehouse use or a print works, where it’s brilliant for print and graphics trimming. Recommended for use with a scalpel or a Stanley knife; a rotary cutter or craft knife can also be used on it.
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The great thing about the Clear Self-Healing Cutting Mat is that it allows 75% of light to pass through it, making it a winner with graphic designers. The same quality makes it a popular choice with printers, where it’s ideally suited for the Flat Bed Roller Laminator Table, as well as general warehouse use.
This one scores highly for its self-healing properties, resistance to shocks and tears, and is waterproof, fire retardant and heat resistant.
We recommend using this with a craft knife, scalpel or Stanley knife; however it is not recommended for use with Rotary Cutters.
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Now you know which of the cutting mats is best for each task, you may be wondering where the best place is to buy one. All of the cutting mats in this article can be purchased from First Mats. We have a commitment to quality and customer service which is reflected in our excellent 4.9 out of 5 rating on Trustpilot. To view the range, please see the link below;