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If you have the Cricut Maker or are thinking about getting the Cricut Maker, chances are you know that it’s the only Cricut machine that is compatible with the new Cricut Knife Blade. It’s probably one of the main reasons you invested in the Maker, or are going to invest in it. If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you know that I love my Maker and use it almost every day. I really appreciate that it can handle more than just vinyl and paper. Although I have used it plenty for vinyl and paper projects, I have really been taking advantage of the Maker’s ability to handle the Cricut Knife Blade
You may have also seen how I used the Cricut Maker to cut a name puzzle for my preschooler. You can check out that fun and easy DIY below. I’ve also been having a lot of fun cutting fabrics with the Knife Blade. I made this super easy bow clutch as well out of leather.
I will admit that I was intimidated by the Cricut Knife Blade at first. And I even avoided using it because I wasn’t sure what to expect from it. It’s kind of ironic that I got the Maker mainly for the new Cricut Knife Blade capability, and then I didn’t use it for so long because I was intimidated by it. Now that I use it so often and love it so much, I have decided to share everything I have learned about the Cricut Knife Blade. I have divided the post into sections in case you’re just stopping by to learn about a certain Cricut Knife Blade feature. As always, feel free to ask questions below and I will answer them. Or you can shoot me a DM over on Instagram or Facebook, and I will be sure to get back to you there.
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the Cricut Knife Blade
What is the Cricut Knife Blade?
The Cricut Knife Blade is the newest Cricut Blade. It was designed specifically for the Cricut Maker. The Cricut Maker has the Cricut Adaptive Tool System and was designed to cut with more pressure than any other Cricut machine. It is very comparable with an EXACTO knife. Except, the Cricut Knife Blade has the benefit of cutting with more precision and control then if you were to cut the same material by hand. The actual blade is much thicker than the Cricut Deep Cut Blade. That along with the Knife Blades ability to handle the extra pressure the Maker applies when cutting makes it perfect for cutting through thick materials like chipboard, wood, and think fabrics (like real leather) like butter.
What is the Difference Between the Cricut Knife Blade and the Cricut Deep Cut Blade?
The main difference between the Cricut Knife Blade and the Cricut Deep Cut Blade is the materials that can be cut. With the Cricut Explorer machines, you can cut materials up to 2mm thick. With the Maker, you can cut materials up to 2.4mm thick. The Cricut Maker also applies 10X more pressure when cutting then the machines in the Explorer line. This added pressure allows for denser materials to be cut, like Basswood and 5oz leather.
What Materials Can I Cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?
Like mentioned above, the Cricut Knife Blade can cut materials up ti 2.4mm thick. If the material you’re wanting to cut is not on this list, I’d recommend doing a test cut. Some woods are too dense to cut. I tried out some craft plywood from my local craft store, and it didn’t cut very well. But that’s why it is so important to do a test cut before hand. The list below is directly from Cricut.com. Clicking any of the links will direct you directly to Cricut’s website where it will give more info about cutting each material.
List of Materials the Cricut Knife Blade Can Cut:
- Balsa wood
- Cricut Chipboard
- Craft Foam
- Garment Leather, Soft 2-3 oz.
- Garment Leather, Soft 4-5 oz.
- Tooling Calf Leather, Stiff 2-3 oz, 4-5 oz, and 6-7 oz.
- 2 ply
- 4 ply
How Do I Use the Cricut Knife Blade and What Do I Need to Use It?
The Cricut Knife Blade fits into the clamp B spot on the Cricut Maker just like any other blade. Simply pop open the clamp, insert the Knife Blade, and close the clamp. Before the Cricut Maker will cut with the Knife Blade, it will require you to calibrate it first. You can with do so by selecting ‘Calibrate’ from the upper left-hand menu in Cricut Design Space, or the Cricut Maker will do this automatically Blade. The automatic on-screen prompt will walk you through the easy process step by step. The whole process takes about 5 minutes. But you can calibrate the Knife Blade again if you find you are not getting an accurate enough cut.
After the Cricut Knife Blade is calibrated, you can begin cutting materials. You will need a Cricut StrongGrip Mat for most materials and a computer to use the Cricut Knife Blade. At this time, the Cricut Knife Blade can only be used if it is hooked up to a computer. This is for safety reason and because the Cricut Knife Blade takes longer to cut a project.
Changing the Cricut Knife Blade is easy as well. Just like every Cricut Blade, you need the Drive Housing for it to work in the Cricut Maker. But if you just need a new blade, you can buy that separately. Each Knife Blade blade kit comes with detailed instructions on how to switch out the Knife Blade blades. But you will use the blade change cap that comes with the Knife Blade Replacement Kit and unscrew the bottom of the Knife Blade Housing. Then carefully slide the old Knife Blade out and the new Knife Blade in using the notches. Screw it back on using the same cap, and that’s it!
Tips and Tricks To Get The Perfect Cut Every Time with the Cricut Knife Blade
Block off enough time.
Because of the multiple passes the Knife Blade does, it can take longer then usual for the Cricut Maker to cut through materials.
Have a spare Knife Blade.
Because of the extra pressure, the Cricut Knife Blade has on it, the blades don’t tend last as long. It’s a good idea to have a spare blade ready to go.
Secure the material to the mat.
Even though most materials are on the Cricut StrongGrip Mat, it is still a good idea to secure the material to the mat using painters tape. This is because of all the pressure applies to the material when cutting. To add that extra bit of security to a project being cut with the Cricut Knife Blade, add some painters tape to each outside edge.
A test cut is a perfect way to know that the Cricut Knife Blade will cut through a material properly the first time. It’s also a great way to know if there is too much detail in your image. The Knife Blade is perfect for images with moderate details. This is because of the multiple passes and pressure required to use the Knife Blade. It’s a good idea to keep lines as thick as a pencil and pieces bigger than 3.4 of an inch.
Move all the star wheels over to the right.
When using the Knife Blade to cut thicker materials, it’s important to move all the little white star wheel over. Especially if your car cutting wood. This is to allow the extra space for thicker materials, and also they will mark your project if they are not moved (speaking from experience here).
Cut wood materials down to size.
When cutting materials like wood, the Cricut Maker can only cut 11in wide pieces. You will get warnings to make sure that your wood materials are not too big. You just want to keep the material out of the way of the star wheels.
Check the cut before removing the mat.
After the project is finished cutting, life up a little edge to make sure that the project cut all the way through. If it did not cut all the way through, press the Cricut ‘C’ on your Maker to add another pass. If it did cut all the way through, press the unload button.
There you have it! Everything you need to know about the Cricut Knife Blade. Check out my easy DIY name puzzle if you’re looking for a simple project to try the Knife Blade out on:
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