Do you cut Bazzil (or similar) cardstock and get ragged, fuzzy, peeled-apart cardstock when you're done? The deep cut blade is the answer to your problem. I have tried everything to get a great cut with the standard blade. It was rare and I usually ended up ruining more cardstock than it was worth. Whether I tried blade 6 and max pressure or lower settings and multicut I always ended up with fuzzy peeled up edges, uncut corners, and detail cuts were a nightmare. No more!
Check it out!
On the left I cut my design with a standard blade. Blade 4. Pressure high. Multicut 2. On the right. I cut the exact same design with the deepcut blade. Blade 4. Pressure high. Single cut. (I pulled a couple of the negative pieces out of the center so you can see how clean the cut lines are.)
And here, I've pulled them off the mat.... As you can see, the one on the left is headed for the garbage, but the one on the left, although not perfect, is definitely salvageable!! Woohoo!!
Let's talk about why it's important to have the Deep Cut Housing and not just the blade...
The deep cut blade housing is shorter than the standard housing.....
.... thereby allowing more of the deep cut blade to appear outside the housing and allowing the deep cut blade to cut thicker materials. In the pictures below I put the deep cut blade into both housings on blade depth 6 so you can see how much of the blade sticks out the bottom of the housing. The deep cut housing is on the left, the standard on the right.
One more interesting feature I found on the deep cut housing... They added a 1/2 way mark for the blade depth. So if at any time you find that 4 is too shallow but 5 is too deep, now you can put the blade depth at 4 1/2. Cool, huh?
Off to go play some more with my new blade and housing, which was a gift from Cindy. (See, even I was on the fence until someone pushed me off. LOL) Thanks girl!! You are too kind.
More info and answered questions....
Q: Do you leave your deep cut blade in all the time?
A: I originally thought, sure, why not? But today I attempted to cut some basic paper with it. Blade 3, pressure high.... The deep cut blade didn't even scratch it. I left everything in the machine the way it was (didn't move the mat, didn't unload or reload or last load) except I swapped out my blade housings and set the standard blade to 3. Press cut again on DS and the paper cut beautifully. I'm not sure why it the deep cut blade didn't cut the paper. Doesn't make sense. But it didn't. So, I guess I need to alter my original plan... I will not be leaving the deepcut blade housing in my machine indefinitely.
Q: Does it scar my mats worse than the standard blade?
A: No. The blade doesn't push into your mat deeper. The cutting part of the blade is longer but the blade as a whole is not longer. That is why it needs the shorter housing so more of the cutting part of the blade can stick out thus allowing it to cut through thicker materials. The reason why Bazzill and chipboard and similar materials fuzz and peel with the standard blade is because the cutting area on the standard blade is so short that the piece of metal just above the blade area is running through the cutting crevace. It would be like trying to cut a tall angel food cake with a steak knife: You could do it, but to get the blade to the cut the base of the cake you would pretty much have to rip the top of the cake with the handle (or even your hand). Does that makes sense??