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Paper Cutting Tools: Stainless Steel Scissors, Steel Rulers, and More

At BuyDirect, we know that office staff, school teachers, restaurant owners, and business managers are often short on time. Our high-quality paper cutting tools are therefore designed to make those heavy-duty cutting jobs much easier and quicker, so you've got more time to focus on the tasks that really matter.

From 3-inch scissor blades to large guillotine boards, these essential office supplies come in a range of sizes, materials, handle types, and brands, allowing you to find the perfect scissor or trimming board options for your business. Add single items to your cart or buy in bulk today and benefit from 20% off every order, plus enjoy BuyDirect's free shipping service!

Shop Sharp Quality Paper Cutters: Scissors and Shears

Our range of hand-operated cutting tools have the ability to cut everything from paper to various types of fabric. But with more than 60 varieties of scissors and shears, how do you know which type to stock in your office? Explore our bestsellers below:

Scissors

All-purpose scissors like the Westcott KleenEarth Soft Handle Scissors feature two small identical handles with comfortable cushioning and a straight stainless steel blade, making them perfect for general office use.

For educational facilities, try the Westcott Soft Handle Kids Scissors, which offer durable safety blades and molded, asymmetrical handles that support either left or right-handed use.

Shears

Shears are generally better for cutting fabric or carpet as they are more durable than standard scissors. These versatile tools are longer in length and have one rounded bow handle for the thumb and another elliptical bow to hold two or more fingers. This means that you can apply sufficient pressure to quickly cut through materials with accuracy.

Wescott Value Line Shears feature stainless steel blades that are resistant to rust and corrosion. These bestsellers are highly durable but perfect for light use, including cutting through paper, photos, and ribbon.

Shears made of carbon steel, such as the Clauss Hot Forged Shears, contain both carbon and iron, which makes them even stronger and more durable. Tempered and precision ground, the pointed blades offer lasting sharpness for both left and right-handed use.

Popular Types of Trimmer Boards

From bypass blades for light materials to heavy-duty guillotines, trimming boards come in a range of shapes and sizes to serve several general office purposes. This includes cutting business cards, making posters, cleaning up the edges of important documents, and creating professional-looking marketing materials.

Here are the main trimming board types and some of our most popular options you can find here at BuyDirect:

1 ) Bypass:

The X-ACTO 12 Sheet Laser is a bypass trimmer designed for artists and professionals who rely on pinpoint accuracy. This type of trimming tool features two sharpened blades that pass over each other to mirror the action of a scissor, which makes a clean cut.

With the ability to cut up to 12 sheets at a time, the plastic base laser trimmer is perfect for more delicate materials such as thin craft paper that require a precise finish.

2) Guillotine:

Try the X-ACTO Square Base Guillotine model if you're looking for a commercial-grade trimmer to cut up to 20 sheets of paper, film, or photographs with precision.

Guillotine cutters feature a hinged blade for sharp, clean cuts, and this one is certainly no exception; it also offers a Perpetual Edge self-sharpening system, along with a safety guide and latch for us in school environments.

3) Rotary:

Rotary trimmers provide a smooth motion that makes them ideal for cutting everything from large pieces of paper to card stock and laminated sheets. Options like the Dahle Rotary Paper Trimmer feature a ground self-sharpening blade that cuts in either direction, which is housed in a protective casing to prevent injury.

We also stock replacement blades for when your rotary trimmer loses its sharpness – check out the Westcott Titanium Straight Blade, which is 3x harder than stainless steel and stays sharper for longer. Plus, Easy Change Blade Technology allows one-touch removal of the old part and a single snap-on for your new blade.

Pair any of our trimmers with a cutting mat to prevent damage to soft surfaces, including glass drawing tables, wood tables, and crafting benches. A great choice is the X-Acto Self-Healing Cutting Mat with a 1" grid, which features a non-slip bottom to minimize accidents and a protective PVC surface that provides enhanced accuracy when cutting.

Essential Office Supplies: Measuring Devices

Stock up your stationery cupboard even further with top-quality stainless steel rulers that come in standard, metric rule, or both.

For a clear plastic option, add the Westcott 12" Magnifying Ruler to your cart. Light, yet durable, this ruler features 2X magnifying power for easy reading of spreadsheets and important data analysis tasks.

The Westcott Stainless Steel Office Ruler is bend-resistant and features a non-slip cork base that ensures precise measurements in modern office environments. Etched, bright white metric and standard markings deliver easy readability, while the drilled hook hole makes tool-board storage much more convenient.

Manual labor and construction projects require a more wear-resistant model, such as the Westcott Wood Ruler. Multiple coats of lacquer finish add durability and life to this 12" wood ruler, which also features a single metal edge that makes it perfect for straight-line drawing and cutting.

FAQs

Find out more about how to use our cutting and measuring device options for your DIY and commercial projects below:

What is a Paper Cutting Tool?

Paper cutters are tools designed to quickly cut straight lines through both single sheets or large stacks of paper, all at once. One of the most popular tools in offices and classrooms is a paper guillotine, but other devices include scissors, shears, and rotary trimming devices.

Which is the Best Type of Cutter for Paper?

Rotary trimmers are the perfect type of cutter for both paper and card. Unlike scissors or craft knives, they have the ability to cut straight at all times, with complete speed and accuracy and little room for human error. Guillotine cutters are another great option for sharp, clean cutting as they feature a hinged blade that comes down quickly and easily.

What Can I Use to Cut Thick Cardboard?

Heavy-duty board trimmers are ideal for cutting through thicker materials like cardboard and foam boards that scissors or other board machines may not be strong enough to do. This is because they generally have strong blades that are made from top-quality materials such as steel.

How Do I Choose a Paper Cutter?

Some of the features to look out for when choosing a high-quality trimmer board to add to your cart include:

- Width and depth of the blade
- How much paper you need to cut at once
- Safety features (shields, optical eye, two-handed operation)
- Adjustable backstops for accurate cutting
- Good brand name and warranty

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