Friday, May 28, 2010

Product Review - Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer 12-Inch by 12-Inch

This is the 2nd of three product reviews on paper cutters.

Product: Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer 12-Inch by 12-Inch


* Stainless steel blade
* Large base allows a full work surface for 12-inch x 12-inch scrapbook pages
* Offers precision cutting performance

List Price 53.99
Archivers Price 49.99 (but Christine used her 30% off coupon)
Amazon Price 41.69

As you know, Recently Christine found herself in dire need of replacing her paper cutter and started on a 2 day odyssey to find a new cutter. After the X-ACTO Heavy Duty 12" Laser Trimmer went back to Office Max, Christine went back into research mode and decided to give the Tonic Studios Guillotine Paper Trimmer 12-Inch by 12-Inch a try. This product had some great reviews on the scrapbooking websites and had 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon. So bright and early on Tuesday morning, off to Archivers to buy it.

* Easy to assemble - all you have to do is pull it out of the box and attach the handle
* Handle slides off easily to store under cutter for easy transport
* Accurate cutting
* Cuts multiple sheets of paper and cardstock.
* Blade stays in place when not in use.  No need to attach a lock
* Kushgrip comfort handle
* Paper clamp with integrated finger guard presses down firmly to ensure paper does not move while cutting

* limitations on amount of paper it can  (up to approx 6 sheets of paper and 3-4 sheets of cardstock depending on weight)
* If you do not apply pressure to the paper clamp and just hold the paper with your hand, sometimes it moves a little (but this could be user error on Christine's part)

Overall, Christine has only had this product for a couple of days, but so far, she LOVES IT!!!!!  This cutter is fantastic!!!  It cuts straight every time!  The blade is sharp, but the cutter feels completely safe when using it.  This cutter would definitely stand up to heavy duty use, is a great value for the price, and would be perfect for all types of users from the occasional user to the heavy duty users.

Out of 5 possible crabs, this one will earn 5 crabs!


  1. I also have had and have quite a few cutters and do love this one. It is always out within arms reach. I also agree on 5 crabs. love it!

  2. I have the 6 inch bed one and I love it as my portable trimmer. But have you heard of a Genesis Paper Trimmer especially since you guys seem to do a lot of work. It always cuts straight! An its a workhorse. Not affiliated just pleased.

  3. I have this trimmer and I like it - not wild about it, but do like it. I sometimes cut not straight so I reinforce the importance of holding the plastic guide down onto the paper. The blade is also self-sharpening.