Best Paper Cutter: Reviews and Buying Guide (2018)

If you happen to be a perfectionist, dismembering a sheet of paper into smaller pieces can be a properly nightmarish experience. Aye and forsooth!- we’ve all been there, and we’ve all suffered. One of your schoolmates managed to forget their notebook and now wants to borrow some of your precious blank pages.

What this means, of course, is that you’ll have to rip the cursed thing from your notebook with your very two hands! A nasty situation, indeed, and one, as well, that can be easily resolved if there’s a mighty paper cutter conveniently present in the vicinity.

These technical-looking devices can do one hell of a job when it comes to cutting paper, as their delicate constructions enable them to handle even the most sensitive sheets with cutting-edge precision. Equipped with detailed boards with printed measurements, these contraptions can make an engineer’s or an architect’s life easier, as you can measure AND cut a piece of paper pretty much in a single swing, so to speak!

Our Top 3 Heavy Duty Paper Cutter Machine: Editor’s Choice

ImageModelEditor's RatingPrice
Swingline Paper Trimmer / Cutter, Guillotine, 12" Cut Length
X-ACTO 24x24 Commercial Grade Square Guillotine Trimmer
Fiskars Bypass Trimmer

A grand product, and surely deserving of a neat little list o’ top 10 reviews! Read on and find out more about what makes these cutters, (or perhaps trimmers, however you like to call them) so beloved among the folks who are lucky enough to own one! (or maybe even two, who knows)

Best Paper Cutter Review:

1. Swingline – Paper Trimmer/Cutter, Guillotine

Rocking an appearance that looks like a crossover between a one-armed bandit and the French decapitating contraption from their times of political and social turmoil, this paper cutter from Swingline surely means business when it comes to dismembering paper!

Similarly to the aforementioned gambling machine, this one-armed paper trimmer is also quite easy to use, and what’s more, it won’t bereave you of your hard earned money! (unless you decide to use this tool to actually cut the bills)

Features and Benefits

First off, the folks at Swingline decided to go with hardened plastic as the material of choice for this model. This solution makes it quite lightweight, which is great if you’re planning to carry it to and fro work every day.

Also, plastic is fairly inexpensive when compared to some other materials, and the price of this particular paper trimming contraption reflects that. Add to that the fact that, even though we’re talking about plastic, this model is pretty sturdy, and it would take some serious abuse to damage it badly enough so that it breaks.

When it comes to actually measuring a bunch o’ papers using one of these, the deal is quite straightforward. You place the sheet onto the platform, measure it using the grid below, and then cut it up any way you like!

Of course, if you need to make multiple cuts on different sides of the paper, you will need to flip it about at least two times, but that’s about as complicated as it can get, really. Other than that, let’s also mention that you can trim up to ten sheets of paper at the same time! (That’s bound to save you some time if you’ve got a lot of copies of something that needs to get trimmed on your hands)


  • Lightweight design- easy to carry about
  • Tough plastic construction
  • Can cut up to ten papers at the same time


  • The handle and the grid can get misaligned over time
  • The latch can become a bit loose after a while

2. X-Acto – Commercial Grade Square Guillotine Trimmer

Built to cut paper and perpetually sharpen itself, this simple working man’s and woman’s guillotine trimmer is a tough paper-handlin’ contraption for a busy clerk or an office worker. (Of course, you can also use it for personal pursuits, so to speak)

Appearance-wise, it kind of looks like an enhanced kitchen cutting board with a bunch of lines printed on top of it. Mind you, though, for this product is not really suitable for serving as a surface on which you’ll cut fruits and vegetables. It may as well be able to perform that duty, as well, but we advise you use it to shape up papers that happen to be too big for their good.

Features and Benefits

As far as the type of materials that can be cut using one of these is concerned, the manufacturers at X-Acto claim that their Commercial-Grade Square Guillotine Trimmer can cut through the following unfortunate sheets: paper, film, and photographs!

So, if you happen to be a photographer who isn’t too happy about the dimensions of your photos, one of these can save you a lot of hair-pulling fits, in case you manage to mess up the cutting with a pair of scissors.

Another piece of good news for a potential new owner of one of these ‘new age guillotines’ is that the blade is self-sharpening! So, it’d be safe to say that you won’t really need to any work at all when it comes to the maintenance.


  • Can cut up to 20 sheets in a single go
  • Designed to trim paper sheets, as well as film and photographs
  • Features a tough and durable wooden base


  • The entire thing is fairly heavy (in comparison to some other models)
  • The safety look could have been fit a bit tighter

3. Fiskars – Bypass Trimmer

Featuring a simple build with a high-visibility black ‘n’ orange finish, this paper-cutting solution from the Fiskars Company represents a simple utensil that’s safe to use and requires virtually no maintenance. It’s made out of recycled material, so if you’re an environmentally-conscious sort of bloke or a girl, obtaining one of these utensils will help you kill (or rather ‘cut’)two birds with one stone.

As simple as this paper trimmer is, though, all the key safety aspects are actually pretty well covered. For example, the rubber feet underneath serve to make the whole board more stable, thus are reducing the chance of any possible mishaps.

Features and Benefits

To name a few others of its injury-preventing and paper disfiguring characteristics, there is also a paper clamp as well as a smudge guard, for good measure. The paper clamp will secure the sheet tightly onto the board so that you can cut it without worrying that it will go askew.

As for the smudge guard, it can be a proper lifesaver if you’re clumsy and tend to ruin your valuable papers with coffee, sodas, or God knows what else! Also, it kind of improves the overall appearance of the trimmer itself- makes it look like a high-tech contraption from a sci-fi film.


  • Capable of cutting up to 10 sheets at the same time
  • Comes with a convenient alignment grid
  • Made out of 100% recycled resin


  • Sometimes it may be a bit hard to align the paper perfectly
  • The paper seems to move about as the cutting arm is lowered

4. Dahle – 550 Professional Rolling Trimmer

Equipped to the nines with all kinds of parts dedicated to making the paper-cutting ‘n’ trimming task at hand a piece of cake, the Dahle’s Professional Rolling Trimmer mark 550 looks and feels like it belongs on a construction site.

You get your board all divided up into smaller measurable sections so you can orient yourself on it easily, and also, the color scheme looks like a blueprint, which is a nice addition to the overall technical air of this whole contraption.

Features and Benefits

You can see that the designers at Dahle mean business as soon as you take a look at one of their boards. Unlike the majority of the paper cutters you’ll see displayed on the market, this one is actually made out of metal, ensuring longevity and stability on the working surface.

Since cutting a bunch of papers is a ‘discipline’ that can include a wide variety of cutting tasks, this paper cutter comes in 5 different sizes. This means that, whether you’re a clerk who works with letters and envelopes or an engineer in need of a sizeable working surface, purchasing one of these models from Dahle can get the job done for you!

To top it all off, the German designers at Dahle’s are so confident in their products that they even offer limited lifetime warranties on them! So, if you’re worried about the durability and the length of the service of your new paper cutter, you needn’t be if you choose to go with a Dahle model.


  • Features a durable metal base
  • This particular model comes in 5 different sizes
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty


  • Fairly heavy due to its robust metal build
  • Pretty expensive (but worth every penny if you can afford it)

5. HFS – Heavy-Duty Guillotine Paper Cutter

Considering that some of these paper cutters borrow their names from a means of execution predominantly used in France during a particularly tough historical period of the late 1970’s, this HFS heavy duty model comes as close as it gets to the real deal.

It’s sizeable, heavy, and features a large cutting lever that WILL make you feel like an executioner! The heaviest part of this bulky utensil would be its massive base- made entirely of steel. The cutting blade itself is also made out of steel, but a slightly different, hardened version of it.

Features and Benefits

The sheer weight of this contraption ensures that you’ll be able to cut through multiple layers of paper with ease, as the lever action will do most of the job for you. To be precise, with one of these heavy-duty machines on your side, you can up to 400 sheets of paper in a single go!

Now, despite its rather complicated looks, the main mechanism of this apparatus really is quite simple, and the entire thing comes preassembled by the manufacturers. So, you can start cutting some unsuspecting paper as soon as you’ve unpacked it! (meaning the paper cutter)


  • Boasts a tough, heavy-duty build
  • Capable of cutting through up to 400 sheets of paper in a single go
  • Comes preassembled and can be used straight out of the box


  • Quite expensive thanks to its size and the scope of work it’s capable of doing
  • The safety pin can easily break if you’re not careful around it.

6. HFS – (R) Heavy Duty Guillotine Paper Cutter

Assuming the 6th spot on our list of 10, the HFS’s (R) Heavy Duty Paper Cutter is a close relative of the model from a spot above. It features virtually the same construction and the same heavy-duty steel build, only scaled down.

That being said, the main difference between the two would be that the first model handles papers of up to 17 inches, while this one is limited to 12. So, the body and the leaver, while made from the same materials, are somewhat smaller with this model.

Features and Benefits

One of the key properties that this (R) model shares with its ‘older brother’ would be the ability to cut through up to 400 sheets of paper in a single go. The fact that you can do this will surely save you a lot of money in effort in the long run.

Ensuring that you’ll make a perfect cut every time you venture to use one of these cutters is the adjustable paper clamp. Once you’ve decided the dimensions and the exact spot of the cut you’d like to make, simply clamp down the paper (or a bundle of papers or a book, for that matter), and pull the guillotine leaver for instant results!


  • The blade can be easily replaced if necessary
  • This cutter can go through up to 400 pieces of paper at a time
  • Enables you to adjust the dimensions of your cut precisely using the clamp


  • Sometimes, with larger quantities of paper, it doesn’t cut under a perfect 90° angle
  • Still quite heavy (even though this version is a smaller one)

7. Swingline – Rotary Paper Trimmer/Cutter

Representing the Swing line company’s second product on this list, the Rotary Paper Trimmer/Cutter is a simple-to-use, modern-looking apparatus that can help you reshape scores upon scores of papers at a time.

This time around, the Swing line folks have decided to go with more of a heavy-duty solution, as this particular model vastly outperforms its smaller cousin. At its maximum capacity, it can cut through up to 30 papers in a single go, which is three times more than the model occupying the number one spot. (That being said, of course, the prices of these two are significantly different as well)

Features and Benefits

As far as the cutting process itself is in question, you’ll be using the manual clamp to perform some pretty accurate trimmings. Other than that, the alignment grid will help you position the paper so that you can measure it without much hassle, and carry on the desired cut quickly and efficiently.

Also one of the interesting features of this model would be that it comes with a rotary trimmer, rather than a guillotine-style one. This version of the cutter is considerably safer for use, as it the design itself actually conceals the cutting blades, so the possibility of injury is reduced to a minimum.


  • Features a manual clamp for easy and precise operation
  • The rotary trimmer conceals the blade edges for safer use
  • Comes with an alignment grid for precise measurements


  • Quite heavy
  • Can’t really cut anything other than paper (no photographs or films)

8. Carl – Heavy-Duty Rotary Paper Trimmer

If you’re on the lookout for a durable and precise measuring and cutting contraption for handling paper, this sturdy model from Carl can be an excellent solution for you. It’s got a weighty base made out of metal, ensuring that the delicate task of using blades to cut through paper will be executed with cutting-edge precision.

What’s more, this bulky metal groundwork, so to speak, has been thoroughly calibrated and comes with a precise measuring grid. So when you decide to trim some paper and perform other fine adjustments, you won’t have to use any additional rulers or similar gadgets at all!

Features and Benefits

When it comes to the actual cutting part that the Carl folks decided to go for with this model, it’s a special kind of carbide blade, capable of cutting through multiple layers of paper like butter. In fact, the maximum number of sheets you can stack up and cut through would amount to some 36.

The rail system itself is a patented mechanism devised by the Carl folks specifically for this heavy-duty paper trimmer. It comes with a lock enabling you to secure the paper you’re cutting tightly, so you won’t have to worry about making a weirdly-shaped slash in your sheet.

In addition to all of this, the manufacturers also issue a limited lifetime warranty on this product, (the blades and the cutting mats are excluded from this) so you won’t have to worry about any of the parts falling off anytime soon!


  • Features an extra durable carbide blade
  • The patented locking mechanism enables you to secure your papers tightly
  • Can cut through up to 36 papers in a single go


  • Some cuts might come off slightly curved
  • The sheet holder can get in the way sometimes

9. Westcott – TrimAir Titanium Wood Guillotine Paper Trimmer

Boasting a cheeky appearance reminiscent of a bee-keeping platform, this Westcott Trim Air Wood Guillotine Paper Trimmer is a sleek and stylish contraption for cutting paper, coming with a few helpful parts, to make this glorious job a tad easier.

If you’ve been wondering about what gives this particular model its trademark look, it would be its base made out of natural wood. Other than the looks, this base also offers stability, as its weight enables you to position it securely on whatever platform you’re working on.

Features and Benefits

First things first, the Westcott’s TrimAir Paper Cutter comes with a mighty blade made out of titanium, ensuring that you’ll be able to go through whatever it is unlucky enough to be positioned underneath it. As for the number of actual sheets, it can handle in a single go, it would amount to about 30. Read our another review: Best Die cutting machine.

When it comes to the process of cutting some paper, the deal is quite simple, really. You place a certain number of sheets (it has to be below 30, for the record), then secure it, or them, by placing them carefully towards the corner and then simply cut through it using the guillotine-like leaver!


  • Features a stylish design with an ergonomic handle
  • Comes with an additional safety guard for protection
  • Can cut through 30 papers at a time


  • Doesn’t come with a securing clamp
  • The blade needs to be sharpened every now and again

10. Dahle – 18E Vantage Series Paper Cutter

The Dahle’s 18E Vantage Series Paper Cutter combines a simple design and high cutting precision, which is pretty much the hallmark of German engineering. (Except the simple design part, really) The board itself is rather chunky, offering up to 18 inches of space for you to perform whatever cutting task you fancy.

Its cutting capacity amounts to some 15 sheets at most, which is plenty considering its size. As for its way of functioning, it’s lever-style, so you’ll have to operate the handle yourself. This may seem like a chore, but it can actually be a pretty pleasurable activity if you look at it the right way!

Features and Benefits

The base of this model is made completely out of metal, so you can bet that it won’t ‘erode’ over time or get damaged easily, no matter how clumsy you are. Also, since metal paper cutters are fairly heavy (when compared to the plastic ones), you can bet that the entire cutting contraption will sit securely on the table. (Or whatever surface you chose to place it on top of)

Also, one of the features that many people seem to be interested in would be the automatic clamp (by automatic, the manufacturers mean- not held by hand). When you’ve placed the paper so that it occupies the desired position, simply use the clamp to apply pressure to the sheets, and make a perfect cut!


  • Comes with a sturdy metal base with a bunch of guidelines
  • Non-skid rubber feet for preventing movement on potentially slippery surfaces
  • Features a convenient clamp for securing your papers tightly


  • The clamp sometimes falls out of line with the blade
  • A bit weighty

The Final Words

All things considered, whether you’re a photographer, an engineer or just a schoolboy or girl working on an incoming project, a proper paper cutter or trimmer can be your best ally in fulfilling the task that lays before you! Hopefully, this article helped you find the best paper cutter model for your needs. We wish you best of luck with your purchase, and cheers!

  • Updated February 13, 2018
  • Review
Adriano Valente

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