The Best Mat Cutters

By JaimeR ; Updated September 15, 2017
A mat cutter allows you to do your own archival framing.

A mat cutter can be a big investment, so it is important to choose the best mat cutter for your framing needs. Consider how often you will need to use it, as you may want to select a more expensive professional model for a frame shop or school than for occasional home use.

Fletcher Professional

The Fletcher 2200 is a top-of-the-line professional mat cutter. This table-mounted style offers advanced features such as measuring stops and a pin locator, which save time by keeping you from having to predraw and mark all your cuts. The mat cutter is built for heavy duty use, weighted so it doesn't slip and move and made from anodized metal to prevent warping. These features make the Fletcher 2200 ideal for frequent use and for cutting multiple mats.

Logan Framer's Edge

The Logan 650 Framer's Edge is an mid-range mat cutter that can work in a home or professional setting. It features a squaring arm to hold mats in place, which is useful for cutting multiple mats simultaneously. It can make both beveled and straight cuts. It offers movable stops and a locking device to ensure straight cuts. The base is made of particle board rather than metal so it is not as heavy an instrument as the Fletcher 2200.

Rotatrim

Rotatrim cutters have a different design style than traditional mat cutters. The way the guide arms hold mat board in place prevents any compression on the board, and the blade slides along a double bar track for a clean, consistent cut that won't fray. They are ideal for making straight cuts but do not make beveled cuts, making them less versatile than traditional mat cutters. Professional facilities may choose to have both types of cutters available.

Logan Hand-Held Cutters

Hand-held cutters are used freehand to make clean cuts on mat board. They are substantially less expensive than stationary cutters and are good for limited workspace and occasional use. Logan makes several models with different features including a straight cutter, a beveled cutter and both push and pull styles. These cutters are designed for both right- and left-handed use.