The Kutrimmer is a beautiful thing
I have finally returned to production mode after my long vacation. I have a wholesale order that I need to fill early this week.
After having spent the last 2 days cutting bookboard by hand, I now have funny (not funny ha ha) numby feelings in my right forearm. When I look back, I realized that I’m a crazy person for the amount of board cutting I’ve done on the floor of my studio. Yes, on the floor (it’s concrete). It’s the only way I can get the leverage I need to cut large pieces of board.
I don’t like to send out my board for cutting because it’s important to me that I do all of the production of my books by myself. Of course, the continued use of my limbs is also important.
I have been drooling over the Kutrimmer 1071 forever.
The Kutrimmer, produced by the MBM Corporation, is a paper trimmer that seems to be pretty well regarded amongst bookbinders. Manufactured in Germany, the trimmer cuts bookboard up to a thickness of .098″ and a stack of around 40 sheets of paper. And it has a clampy thing that helps keep things from slipping.
The 1071 model has a cutting length of 28.5″, which is perfect for me because my bookboard is 26″ wide. The one thing stopping me from buying it yesterday is cost. I know that over time, it would probably pay for itself in time saved during production. Unfortunately, average cost for this model is between $850 – $900.
That’s a lot to lay out at once.
Until the day when the Kutrimmer and I become close friends, I will continue dreaming that I open my front door one day to find a board shear wrapped in a big red bow. And then I’ll use it to cut the bow off.