Review: The Ultimate Cutter by Crayola

Tool Name: The Ultimate Cutter by Crayola

Grade Level(s): 3rd and up

Category: Art Production

Product Review: I can finally allow younger children to use an exacto knive in my classroom. However, I would only recommend it for 3rd grade and up. I needed to train the students on how much pressure to add to achieve a good cut, but the investment in training was well worth the effort. Unlike other exacto knives, there is no way for the children to get cut – I can finally do some interesting paper cutting projects without the safety concerns. It would be good to have a few of these on hand for cutting out interior sections of paper or get a class set for whole-class art productions. The only drawback is that it is hard to get the blade lined up exactly where you want to begin to cut. When this happens, we just use a regular scissors to snip any areas left over the blade didn’t reach. The Ultimate Cutter comes with mini cutting mats – they aren’t great, but they work well for small areas.

Bucket Rating out of 5:

(3) Good. Worth a try.

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Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!

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