Friday, March 9, 2012

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The Genesis has arrived :

The Box came yesterday,  in the morning.  The Cutter I purchased is the 12" model.  Genesis also makes a 16 model with a back light.  The retail on the 12"  is $296.00 and the 16" is $396.00 the light is another 50.00  new blades and harnesses are available for 25.00 and 35.00.   Now if you ask me, that is  a LOT of money for a paper cutter, and a manual one at that!  I would have never or at least this week, shelled that kind of money out for a 12" paper cutter.  I did however pay $31.00 including shipping.
I purchased mine on eBay.  on Sunday I was just looking at youtube craft rooms, and this gal went on about her Genesis Cutter, queried friends from Operation Write Home on Face book, checked eBay, after all the rave reviews, clicked BIN and in four  days  it was on my work table! eBay is always risky, but I do buy and sell there and have have pretty good trading experiences.

This is My Genesis:
The unit came packed well/safely in a homemade box wrapped in newspaper.  On first inspection the cutting blade did not slide well, but other than that it was in perfect condition, no cracks, dings, dents stains.  So I used triflow lubricant on the gears and gear track, worked it for a few minutes and now the blade and slide work beautifully!  I have to say this is amazingly well designed, it has all metal gearing.
The blade slides on a gear track using a small rotary gear. the only plastic is a housing on that top bar.  But since there is no stress on it I can't imaging it will crack anytime within the next 50 years, but if it does, there is a replacement part! Without having a micrometer (if I had one I wouldn't know how to use it anyway) I can't tell how or what the tolerances on these gears are. But I can tell you these are precision made and the proof is in the cutting!
This picture I have the blade carriage flipped up to show you the gear assembly.
and this photo shows the metal gear track.  If you have ever used a vintage Pfaff sewing machine or a vintage Viking, this cutter has the same buttery smooth precision cutting as those machine has precision sewing!  I cut paper in weight from 20lb copy paper to Neenah 130lb cover and chipboard. Every cut was perfect, no fibers! I was able to get a perfect cut as small as 1mm! I may go ahead and buy the new blade assembly just to have on hand.  I have no idea how old my machine is our how used the blade is.  I can only think it must have been used a lot, why would someone buy an expensive machine like this if they weren't going to use it?  I have only used this machine for one day, but I can see that this will become invaluable to me.  I will still use my guillotine vintage cutter for multi sheets of card stock, when I am cutting reams into bases, but for everything else, this will stay on my desk. so I am putting away my half size SU guillotine cutter. and I am packing my Fiskar mini cutter (razor slide) for stamp classes - I like that cutter, but I don't like have to change the blade all the time, that adds up!  I don't scrap, but if I did, I would have to say this would probably be the perfect cutter!  So if you are looking to make an investment in your tools, I highly recommend the Genesis!   Have a great day!


5 comments:

  1. What an outstanding review! So, I looked on eBay as you did but I haven't a clue where to look. Under genesis, 89,000 entries... sorry, not gonna look! Ubder paper cutter, 1,400 entries but not finding anything similar to the genesis... so what are the key words I need to use? I do however, see my Boston 2612 on there... how cool is that!

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    1. Hi Cindy, I just looked under Genesis paper cutter, it was the only one! you can put in a search request on ebay and they will alert you when one comes up.
      Thanks fo the compliment, I am so new at this! Now I will have to look up Boston 2612 to see what that is!!
      Ginny

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    2. I've had my Boston 2612 for close to thirty years and it's been my right hand while scrapbooking... and now card-making. I've purchased a couple "rotary cutters" before because I thought they'd be awesome, only to be very disappointed that the cut wasn't that clean. Until you mentioned Genesis, I had no clue something was out there better than mine. I watched the company's video and was completely sold... but alas, out of my budget at the moment. Again, thank-you for the review... I will keep a Genesis in my mind for the future... :)

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  2. What a great find!!! You hit the jackpot on this one. Enjoy!

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  3. I am so tempted to order a new one. Do I need it? No. It is strictly a want. I asked my friend the other day if she likes hers and she said "oh yes". You gave a great review. I liked the close up of the blade

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