Once I received the trimmer I read the instructions only to find out that you really need the magnetic self-healing pad that goes with the trimmer. If you have trouble with your hands, i.e. arthritis, it might be a little difficult to keep the wheel of the selected trimmer turned long enough to cut the paper.
Overall this is a really great tool and it cuts beautifully. The only problem is the measurements that fall within the area of the fold (between 5.5 and 6 inches. When I need to cut paper 5.75 inches long I switch to my other cutter which means I still need 2 cutters. This is a minor inconvenience, so my actual rating would be somewhere between 4 and 5 stars.
The cutter is sharp and works really well. The guide gives you a perfect cut. The only thing you have to be careful with is that when you cut more than one piece of paper, if you don't hold the paper down on both sides of the cutter, the paper will move. This is because the flap that covers the paper does not hold it tight to the base. However, that's a small price to pay for this convenient item that is so reasonably priced. I'm totally satisfied.
I had a small trimmer for years and loved it for photos. The blade dulled to the point of not being usable. Found this little gem from Tonic and am so glad I did. It is very precise, sharp and easy to use. Would buy it again.
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