Different Types of Cricut Blades and How They Are Used

Are you wondering which blades, housings, and machine tools work with your beloved Cricut machine? Or, are you still figuring out which type of blades to use for cutting different materials? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered!

Hey there, fellow crafters! It’s Lindsey, and I’m so excited to share my latest crafting adventure with you. Join me as I explore the world of Cricut compatibility and share our top tips for choosing the perfect blade for all your crafting projects.

Let’s dive in together!

Types of Cricut Maker blades

Getting the perfect cut is crucial for any craft project, and choosing the right blade is key to achieving those crisp, clean lines. But with so many Cricut cutting blades to choose from, it can be overwhelming for novice crafters.

Type of cutting blade and machine compatibility
Did you know that not all Cricut cutting blades are created equal? Depending on the type of Cricut machine you have, different blades may be compatible.

Cricut Joy Blade

This innovative crafting tool requires just one blade – the Cricut Joy Blade – for all your cutting needs.

This versatile product is compatible with a wide range of DIY materials, including popular options such as vinyl, iron-on, paper, cardstock, and poster board.

It’s also specifically designed for use with Cricut Joy materials, including

  • Smart Materials
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
  • Insert Cards.

With this product, you can explore endless creative possibilities and bring your ideas to life on a variety of surfaces.

Please note that the Cricut Joy Blade Housing is exclusively designed for use with the Cricut Joy machine and is not compatible with other Cricut models or machines from different brands.

Cricut Explore Series

The Cricut Explore series machines are designed to accommodate three different types of blades, each with its own specific use and cutting capability.

  • Fine-Point Blade
  • Deep Point Blade
  • Bonded-Fabric Blade

In addition to its cutting capabilities, the Explore series machines offer compatibility with a range of useful tools that can enhance your creative projects. Some of the compatible tools include:

  • Foil Transfer Tool
  • Scoring Stylus

Cricut Maker Series

The Cricut Maker series machines offer full compatibility with all blades compatible with the Explore series machines, as well as an additional set of blades exclusive to the Maker series.

  • Cricut Rotary Blade
  • Cricut Knife Blade
  • Cricut Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel
  • Debossing Tip
  • Engraving Tip
  • Perforation Blade
  • Wavy Blade

What cutting blade is best for my project?

Now that we’ve covered the different cutting machines and blades available, it’s time to dive deeper into the world of cutting blades. In this section, we’ll take a closer look at each blade and explore the materials they’re best suited for.

From intricate designs on delicate fabrics to precise cuts on heavy-duty materials, each blade has its own unique strengths and applications.

By understanding the capabilities of each blade, you’ll be able to choose the perfect tool for your next crafting project.

Different Types of Cricut Blades Table

Cricut Joy Blade

The Cricut Joy blade is perfectly suited for cutting a variety of basic materials, including:

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Cardstock
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Iron-on vinyl (HTV)
  • Adhesive Vinyl
  • Smart label writable paper
  • Smart iron-on
  • Smart vinyl

Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

Unlock a world of creative possibilities with this unique tool that’s specifically designed for use with Foil Transfer Sheets. Add a touch of glamour and shine to your projects with stunning metallic foil effects that are sure to impress.

Premium Fine-Point Blade

The Premium Fine-Point Blade, which is made from high-quality German carbide steel, comes standard with both the Explore 3 and Maker 3 machines. This versatile blade is specially designed to handle intricate designs and can be used to cut a wide range of materials, from delicate fabrics to tough cardstock and more.

Whether you’re working with paper, cardstock, or other light to medium-weight materials, the Fine-Point blade is the perfect tool for the job. Here is a list of material:

  • Cardstock
  • Paper
  • Sticker Paper
  • Infusible Ink Transfer sheets
  • Adhesive vinyl
  • Iron-on vinyl (heat transfer vinyl)
  • Faux leather and suede
  • Smart Materials, like Smart Vinyl and Smart Iron-On

Deep Point Blade

For those looking to work with thicker, heavier materials, the Deep-Point Blade is a must-have tool. With its harder, more durable steel and steeper 60-degree blade angle, the Deep-Point blade is optimized to handle tough materials like leather, and mat board, including:

  • Cardboard
  • Chipboard
  • Craft Foam
  • Genuine Leather
  • Magnet sheets
  • Stiffened Felt
  • Wood Veneer

Bonded-Fabric Blade

For those who love working with bonded fabric, the Bonded-Fabric Blade is an essential tool to have in your kit. This fine-point blade is specially designed to cut through bonded fabric with ease and precision, making it a perfect choice for quilting and other sewing projects

Scoring Stylus

The Scoring Stylus is a pen-shaped tool that adds score or folds lines to paper and cardstock projects. Compatible with both the Cricut Explore and Maker machines, it allows you to score and cut without stopping to change out your tools. With the Scoring Stylus, you can easily create precise folds for cards, envelopes, and more, giving your projects a polished, finished look.

Rotary Blade

The Rotary Blade is a premium stainless steel blade that rolls smoothly along the cut lines, allowing for precise cuts on delicate materials like fabric. Its design is familiar to sewers and quilters, who appreciate its ability to slice through the fabric without dragging or tearing.

The Rotary Blade is capable of cutting various types of fabric, such as:

  • Cotton
  • Canvas
  • Denim
  • Flannel
  • Felt
  • Jersey
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Suede

Knife Blade

The Knife Blade is a strong and versatile tool for creating three-dimensional projects from thick materials like balsa wood and chipboard. It’s a 12mm carbide blade exclusive to the Cricut Maker that can cut through dense materials up to 3/32 inches (2.4mm) thick.

The Knife Blade is capable of cutting various types of fabric, such as:

  • Balsa wood, up to 3/32″
  • Basswood, up to 1/16″
  • Tooling leather, up to 7 oz
  • Garment leather, up to 5oz
  • Cricut Chipboard, 2mm
  • Matboard, 2-ply or 4-ply
  • Craft foam, up to 3mm

Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel
The Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel tools are perfect for creating precise and clean fold lines on various materials. These tools offer up to 10 times more pressure than the Scoring Stylus, making them ideal for thicker materials.

Debossing Tip

The Debossing Tip is a versatile tool that creates beautiful debossed designs on various materials, adding dimension to your projects. It features a tiny roller ball that cleanly imprints a deeper line than the scoring wheels. It’s perfect for adding a decorative touch to your crafts.

Engraving Tip

The Engraving Tip adds personalized designs to a variety of materials such as soft metals and plastic. By selecting the Engrave Linetype in Cricut Design Space, you can easily inscribe detailed and unique lines onto your project.

Perforation Blade

The Perforation Blade creates precise perforations in a variety of materials, making it ideal for creating tear-out booklets, raffle tickets, flyers, and other projects that require a clean tear. With this tool, you can make perfect perforation cuts every time.

Wavy Blade

The Wavy Blade adds a playful touch to your projects by creating a wavy decorative edge. By selecting the Wavy line type in Cricut Design Space, you can easily transform regular cut lines into fun, wavy ones.

And there you have it, folks! We’ve covered a lot of ground on the different blades and tools that are available for your Cricut machine. From the Fine-Point to the Wavy Blade, there are so many possibilities to add a little extra pizzazz to your projects.

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just starting out, we hope this guide has given you some inspiration for your next creative endeavor. So go ahead and try out some of these blades and tools, and let your imagination run wild! Happy crafting!

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