This is the perfect playing card cutter. It cuts 9 poker sized cards, size 88 mm x 63 mm, from an A4 or letter sized sheet (actually it can handle sheets up to 300 mm x 300 mm). It works perfectly with our playing card cardboard. All cuts are burr free and accurate to 0.15 mm. There is no way you can achieve that accuracy repeatedly with a straight edge and box cutter. Even your standard guillotine or roller based cutters cannot achieve the accuracy and consistency this cutter provides effortlessly. All you do is crank the handle.
I have tested several ways to cut cards. This is by far the best and most accurate I have found. If you are a serious DIY playing card maker or game designer, this cutter is a must have - effortless precision every time. And the blades are self sharpening for long lasting high quality cutting.
The cutter makes full bleed cuts, meaning there is a 3 mm gutter/space between the cards.
[Note: You might find die cutters or eventually see card cutters that cut cards of 3.5" x 2.5". Although this is close to poker size it is not exact. 3.5" x 2.5" is 88.9 mm x 63.5 mm. A poker sized card is 88 mm x 63 mm. That means 3.5" x 2.5" cards are almost one millimeter too long and half a millimeter too wide. You cannot combine these with regular USPCC cards. The cutter we are offering here has been custom made for Lybrary.com to assure the exact 88 mm x 63 mm size.]
Here is the process. First you load the sheet in portrait orientation into the slot on the back. (Note that the photos below have been taken with an older model that did not provide a bleed between the cards and thus had fewer cutting wheels.)
You crank the handle until five strips of cardboard emerge. The two thin one on the sides you discard.
Now you load the first of the three remaining strips into the front slot.
Crank the handle ...
... until three perfectly cut cards emerge. Do the same thing with the other two strips until you are left with 9 cards and a few border strips you discard.
Then you finish the cards with our corner rounder.
Note: The manufacturer who produces these custom cutters for us is going out of business. This means we cannot restock this item anymore. Once our stock is sold out there will be no more. Since this is the only cutter that does precisely cut poker sized cards I recommend that you buy one as soon as possible.
Also note that since this is an end of life product we are not accepting any returns or refunds for it.
Reviewed by SEBASTIEN FOSSAT (confirmed purchase)
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 13 March, 2016
Got mine for more than 3 years. Totally satisfied with it!
Reviewed by Woodrow Collins
Rating: [3 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 22 December, 2013
My wife ended up picking up this cutter for me for Christmas and I was extremely excited as I had a a good number of cards to make for a friend for the holiday. She ended up giving it to me early as she felt sad for me cutting page after page using a paper cutter. I immediately set out on creating a photoshop template and aligning things according to the guide. It took me a very large number of test prints to get the guides aligned and to this day I still don't believe either the cutter I have follows those guides or the template I have is slightly off as I have yet to get a perfect cut for all the cards on the sheet. I seem to get good 1st (vertical) cuts but the 2nd (horizontal) cuts are off. 2 of the rows cut correctly but the 3rd always cuts incorrectly and unless I shrink the space between the row of cards in the template I see no way to adjust the cutting device.
It would be nice if there were any type of prebuilt templates that have guides defined for applications such as photoshop to test against. The other thing I've noticed is the alignment guides are easy to reposition which can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. While cutting a good number of sheets it can be easy to shift the guides resulting in mis-cuts.
So far though, aside from that the device is great. Even with all the problems I have experienced, if I can only get the 1st cuts working it saved a tremendous amount of time.
Reviewed by Jay Newman (confirmed purchase)
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Friday 25 October, 2013
I have been looking for an easy way to make cards as a helper for a game I'm playing. These aren't normal playing cards, but in my experience they get used a lot.
The cutter works perfectly and I still have to try the rest of the system (the coating, etc.)
The only thing that could make me happier would be a MS Word template that I could download. I'm about to make one right now though.
I will probably be back for more paper and coating.
Reviewed by Benjamin Wendt (confirmed purchase)
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 06 April, 2013
I just got mine in the mail and gave it a try. It makes a perfect cut and is easy to use. Just make sure you put your measures in the right spot!
Reviewed by Johnson Flucker
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Wednesday 27 June, 2012
Fantastic! 'nuff sed.