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tnmtgrl Posted: Fri, Apr 5 2013 10:29 AM

I am curious if anyone out there has the TRUE SHARP POWER SHARPENER for rotary blades and if it really works and is it worth the $50 it costs?....I am so tired of buying blades for my rotary cutter, I have a hand sharpener but it does not work good at all. Would it be worth it to get one or should I just use my $50 to buy new blades?

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Joni replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 12:06 PM

I also am looking for a dependable good blade sharpener.

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I have only the manual Tri-Sharp. Not impressed at all. It will work well enough to allow me to finish whatever I'm doing, but is a poor substitute for a new blade. I'd sure be interested in a really good sharpener if there is such a thing out there!

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Carol replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 7:10 PM

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I have only the manual Tri-Sharp. Not impressed at all. It will work well enough to allow me to finish whatever I'm doing, but is a poor substitute for a new blade. I'd sure be interested in a really good sharpener if there is such a thing out there!

 Yes, there is one here--his name is Rick and he and his wife own a local quilt shop!  LOL  That is the only one I've found that actually makes the blades work like new, and I don't know what kind of sharpener he uses,  just know he does a good job!  I thought the only way was to keep buying new blades until he came along, so I know what you mean.

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Susan replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 7:18 PM

Jen, Have you tried the blades at Harbor Fright they are very cheap and mine have all worked well. Some like them some dont, but there worth a try for 2 for $3.00   I have not had any luck with a blade sharpener. Im sure there is someone here who can help.    Susan

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tnmtgrl replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 10:33 PM

Thanx for all the replies...after reading the customer comments for the True Sharp  I have decided not to venture into it....very poor comments about it on all sites....oh well...I am interested in the Harbor Freight ones though....will definitely take a look...my JoAnns in FL used to have a guy come in and sharpen scissors once a month....I wonder if they do it here at my store in TN and if he would do my rotary blades?...I'll have to check into that........

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tnmtgrl replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 10:43 PM

went to the Harbor Freight site and could not find any rotary blades..maybe they don't have them anymore

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Donna B replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 11:08 PM

Susan :

Jen, Have you tried the blades at Harbor Fright they are very cheap and mine have all worked well. Some like them some dont, but there worth a try for 2 for $3.00   I have not had any luck with a blade sharpener. Im sure there is someone here who can help.    Susan

Sorry, but I'm in the "some dont" column!  I bought a bunch of them last year on sale based upon conversation here and have really regretted it.  They do not cut my fabric well at all...literally shred it more than cut it.

It may be because I'm left-handed (DH always blames everything on that)...LOL!  But, they do not work for me...period.

 If someone wants to send me $2-3 for shipping I will be happy to mail them all the blades I have that are unopened.  I would be happy to be rid of them!!!  Just pm me!

 

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Kris replied on Fri, Apr 5 2013 11:53 PM

tnmtgrl:

went to the Harbor Freight site and could not find any rotary blades..maybe they don't have them anymore

They are Carpet Cutter Replacement Blades.

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Barbara replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 2:59 AM

Jen they are carpet blades, but they are the same thing ,So check for carepet blades two to a pack and they are not expensive ,work well ,sometimes thoug you will get a bad blade but its rare. Barbara

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tnmtgrl replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 7:25 AM

thanx again for everyones input...I did find them this morning at the Harbor Freight site but they are too small....my cutter is a 60mm and the blades are only 1 3/4" across...my cutter is an Olfa that opens and closes and if the blade is only 1 3/4" it will not extend out enough past the face of the cutter...but thanx for the suggestion...I did find a 5 pack of blades on Amazon for about $25 which I thought was great considering everywhere else they are around $55...I have a wish list going for things I need I'll just add that to it.

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Ginny replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 7:54 AM

Boy  Barbara, you must have gotten more lucky than I did when I bought the blades at Harbor Freight.  I bought 3 packages of them and none of them were any good.   I finally went to the LP Sharp site and ordered my blades. I get pure olfa blades there for a fairly cheap price.  And I can get the larger size 60 mm there too.     Ginny

 

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Agnes replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 8:57 AM

Ginny:
I finally went to the LP Sharp site and ordered my blades.

I always use these folks now when I need blades. They will knock a buck a blade off if you return blade for blade, no matter size or manufacturer. Site addy: http://www.lpsharp.com/3.html

I make sure I order enough in advance to never have to buy blades anywhere else. Local price is almost triple what the blades from LP Sharp cost me.

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I also use the Harbor Freight blades.  They work perfectly in my Olfa straight handle cutter, but the Fiscars curved handle cutter doesn't like them for some reason -- but then again I don't really like that cutter either.   I read somewhere that you can extend the life of blades by taking them out and turning them around, and it seems to work for me. 

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safrmaz replied on Sat, Apr 6 2013 9:56 AM

Donna B:

Susan :

Jen, Have you tried the blades at Harbor Fright they are very cheap and mine have all worked well. Some like them some dont, but there worth a try for 2 for $3.00   I have not had any luck with a blade sharpener. Im sure there is someone here who can help.    Susan

Sorry, but I'm in the "some dont" column!  I bought a bunch of them last year on sale based upon conversation here and have really regretted it.  They do not cut my fabric well at all...literally shred it more than cut it.

It may be because I'm left-handed (DH always blames everything on that)...LOL!  But, they do not work for me...period.

 If someone wants to send me $2-3 for shipping I will be happy to mail them all the blades I have that are unopened.  I would be happy to be rid of them!!!  Just pm me!

 

I, too, am among those who don't like Harbor Freight blades.  They were very oily and not as sharp as the Olfa or Fiskars blades.  They were returned.

 

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