OLFA Double-Sided Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat

Last updated: September 21, 2023

OLFA Double-Sided Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat

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We looked at the top Self Healing Cutting Mats and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Self Healing Cutting Mat you should buy.

Overall Take

This 24-by-36-inch self-healing cutting mat has a solid dark green on one side and a grid line design on the other. The 1.5-millimeter thick product is constructed with a triple-layer heat welding process to ensure longevity.

In our analysis of 16 expert reviews, the OLFA 2-Sided Self-Healing Rotary Cutting Mat placed 4th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Double-sided mat is solid green on one side for general crafting and has grid lines marking inches on other side for detailed cutting

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Most importantly, the record time in which both sides of the cutting mat reseal itself is exceptional.
Angle markers are present to provide easy angling for any project.
Double-sided mat is solid green on one side for general crafting and has grid lines marking inches on other side for detailed cutting.
Double-sided

What experts didn't like

One con that has continued to bother users that I talked to is the strong chemical smell which despite harmless continue to linger for a while.
The manufacturer warns that this mat should not be used with fixed-blade knives, so keep this in mind when making your purchase.
Note: for use only with rotary blades and blades; fixed-blade knives blade may damage mat.
Only rotary and not fixed blades are to be used

Overview

For hobbyists and professionals who use utility knives or rotary cutters, a self-healing cutting mat is a must-have. The mats protect your tables, desks and other work surfaces from cutting or marking tools that could cause damage; they also prolong the life of your blades. The mats, which can range from 1.5 to 5 millimeters in thickness, are available in a variety of sizes and colors. Many are double-sided, printed with handy measurement grids and have non-slip qualities for the safe cutting of fabric, paper and other materials.

How do self-healing mats work? The products are often made with tiny pieces of manufactured material (for example, synthetic plastic polymer) that are compressed to create a solid cutting surface.  When a knife edge is applied, the surface allows the blade to slip through the material fibers in the surface before re-closing, facilitating a self-healing effect.

Most self-healing cutting mats are designed to last for years, depending on how they are used, but many aren’t built for heavy usage unless indicated by the manufacturer. To prolong the life of your mat, always use sharp blades; rotate your mat often to avoid slicing into the same area frequently; use the lightest pressure possible when cutting; and avoid cutting too many layers of material at once.

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