Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Olfa and our Generic blades?
Olfa blades are made of high grade tungsten steel making the blade a little harder and sharper, holding an edge slightly longer on average. The finishing process is just a little better on the Olfa blade resulting in a longer longevity if used and cared for properly.
Generic blades are made of stainless steel, however, the company that produces our generics in Taiwan has tightened it's standards and now there is very little difference in the Olfa and Generic blades. We have a number of companies using generics throughout the day for production jobs. They seem very satisfied with their quality and longevity.
In the end, it all comes down to the preference of the customer and what you are using the blade for. We have a lot of satisfied customers with both brands. Either way we think you will be pleased with your purchase.
Is the price of the Olfa justified?
Our prices reflect what the blades are worth and we set our prices accordingly.
If I exchange old blades for new ones, will I receive credit per blade?
No, you do not receive credit per blade. The exchange costs are per blade.
Does it matter what kind of rotary handle I use?
No, It does not matter if you use Olfa or generic blades in your Olfa, Dritz or brand X rotary cutters as far as a proper fit and function. The pivot hole size is standardized. Likewise, you can use Olfa or generic blades in your Olfa cutters. The cutter handles are just a matter of ergonomic comfort and different handles fit the user's hand differently. It is strictly a matter of preference when it comes to the handles. Especially if you have a special left hand model (they do make them), and it is being used by a right handed person.
Blade Care and Use
Most blades do not get dull from cutting fabric. They are ruined by hitting something hard, like a pin. If you take a little more care, and clean and oil your blade occasionally, it will also last considerably longer - whether it is an Olfa or a Generic. Change your blades frequently. A dull blade won't cut efficiently and can scar the cutting mat from using too much pressure. If a rotary cutter isn't working well, be sure the nut securing the blade isn't too tight, and clean away any lint between the nut and blade. Engage the safety guard when the rotary cutter is not in use and keep out of the reach of children.
Rotary blades can be used for many different products and material. Old, dull blades can be used to cut paper, cardboard, or template plastic.
Guilds and Clubs
Many of our customers are members of Quilt Guilds and Clubs who collect their used blades within their group and send them together. This is a great way to save money for your group.