About Blade Materials:
Nearly all blades for paper cutters are actually two pieces of metal permanently bonded together. The area along the cutting edge is made of a strip of hardened steel or carbide that can withstand the forces of cutting tall stacks of material. The harder material inlaid in the blade also can stay sharper for much longer than the softer steels that makes up the majority of the blade.
Each type of inlay has different characteristics:
Standard Inlaid- This material is made of a high quality Carbon Tool Steel that can withstand cutting of all standard paper materials.
High Speed Steel(HSS)- This very hard, high quality material will perform similar to the standard inlay, but will keep a sharp edge for up to 5 times longer between sharpenings. Less sharpenings means more production, and less downtime from blade changes. We recommend this blade for any high production cutter.
Tungsten Carbide(Carbide)-This amazing material will last up to 10 times longer than the standard material between sharpenings. Carbide can handle the toughest materials for much longer than other blades. For optimum results, we recommend that your cutter be in excellent mechanical condition and that you switch to a special cutting stick material just for Carbide blades that we can supply.