Sharpening X-Acto Blades

Decorating By CakeBaker Updated 15 Mar 2012 , 6:13am by scp1127

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CakeBaker Posted 14 Mar 2012 , 6:48pm
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I cut all my cake boards by hand. After much frustration with X-acto blades not performing well and having even brand new blades making snags and tears in the foamboard, my husband helped me develop a way to sharpen the blades. I've put together a short video to show you how it works. You can check it out here:

Have a great day, ya'll!
Rebecca Sutterby

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All4Show Posted 14 Mar 2012 , 8:44pm
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I've never used an exacto for cutting boards, only a box cutter. I guess an exacto seems a little small to me to cut through thick foam core. My box cutter blades are scored and when they get dull I just snap off the dull part at the scoring.

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sillywabbitz Posted 14 Mar 2012 , 9:01pm
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Cool, thanks for the video. If you're cutting foam core, some people use the hot knifes you can buy at craft stores and others use dry wall cutters because they cut circles for you. So far the largest dry wall cutter I've seen does a 12 inch round but that's not bad. You can order dry wall cutters online and some you can find at home depot or lowe's

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scp1127 Posted 15 Mar 2012 , 6:13am
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I use a hot knife. The exacto goes at a snail's pace. The hot knife is quick.

Also, you don't have to saw the hot knife so the edge is smooth.

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