Tonic Guillotine 12 Inch Paper Cutter REVIEW

Happy Monday, friends! Remember I asked you for paper trimmer recommendations last week? Well, after reading your comments and doing a lot of research, I found the perfect tool. 🙂 Want to find out which paper cutter I’m talking about? Make sure to watch the video below and read my blog post for a quick summary.

Lots of crafty people have been recommending the Tonic Guillotine 12 Inch Paper Cutter ( EH | TNC | SSS | AMZUS )! I decided to contact Tonic and let them know I would love to try out the tool and post a review to share my thoughts. They were happy to send me the machine in return for a demo video. So, a big shout out and thank you goes out to Tonic Studios for their generosity and kindness. 🙂 That being said, keep in mind this review is 100% honest. I would never ever share products on my blog that I don’t like!

The trimmer I’m talking about is the Tonic Guillotine 12 Inch. Many card makers have been using it for years (including my card making muse Kristina Werner – she’s the reason I got into card making 8 years ago, lol!). The detachable measuring bar makes it easy to cut paper up to 12 inch/31 cm. This makes this paper cutter perfect for all paper crafters out there including scrapbookers and of course… CARD MAKERS!

I covered a lot of information in my video, so here’s a quick summary to refer to whenever you’re in doubt. 🙂

  • At first this trimmer seemed big and heavy to me! However, it’s not. You can store the measuring bar and even the Kushgrip comfort handle under the base. This makes the tool compact, portable and lightweight.
  • Say goodbye to fuzzy edges! The Guillotine machine gives you a clean, crisp and fine cut every single time.
  • The blade is self-sharpening so there’s no need to switch blades. That way you actually save money over the months and years!
  • Remember to press down the safety guard/finger guards when cutting. That way you can hold the paper in place easily.
  • The half inch markings and measuring bar on the top, middle and bottom of the trimmer make it fast and easy to cut paper to your desired size.

That’s it for now! Thanks for watching my video. I’ll be back soon with new card making videos. Next Saturday, actually! See you then. Xo


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  1. Great review Laura, especially the portability of the trimmer. I am sure you will love having clean and crisp edges now 🙂

    1. Author

      Thanks so much, Janet! Yes! I’m very excited! Hahah! 🙂

  2. Hi Laura ~ I’m so glad you found a new cutter that makes you happy and totally works for all your needs. Having a cutter that doesn’t leave fuzzy edges and can also cut nice, thin strips is so important as a paper crafter. Thanks for the great review and I hope you’re having a great weekend. ~HUGS~

    1. Author

      Hi Maggie! Me too! I haven’t been this excited about a trimmer in my whole life. I do remember watching my 1st grade teacher in elementary school using a guillotine machine and I was just fascinated and a bit jealous since the teachers always made us cut out a bunch of squares! Lol! Big hugs. Have a good weekend.

  3. Thank you for the video ! It’s always nice to see a tool “working” to have a better idea of the quality.

    This trimmer looks really awesome ! It’s a shame it’s difficult to get it in Europe. Let’s hope it will change !

    1. Author

      Isabelle, I sent you an email! 🙂

  4. Oh, die ziet er anders uit tegenwoordig! De mijne is nog een solid 12″ x 12″ enorm groot om te stockeren en mee te nemen. Terwijl je de volle 12″ niet altijd nodig hebt. Maar ach, ik zal het nog maar met die van mij blijven doen 😉 Wel erg leuk van Tonic om jou eentje op te sturen!

  5. Awesome review! I have the same Fiskars trimmer and every cut I get is fuzzy no matter the blade I use. I’ve been looking at Guillotine trimmers for a couple days now, trying to decide on the best one for me! This video is perfect timing 🙂 I tried the link for Amazon and I’m not sure if it is something I’m doing but it didn’t take me to the trimmer, I did search it and found it but if you do get a percentage of sales Id like to use your link if at all possible! Again thank you so much for the video review! 🙂

    1. Hey Jamie! How thoughtful of you. I thought I linked to the trimmer here in my supply list. That’s odd! I have an affiliate ID. 🙂 Can you send me the link of the paper cutter so I can generate it. Feel free to email me: Thanks so much!!! Big hug.

  6. How would you compare this trimmer to the smaller soft handle one?

    1. Author

      I only tried out this particular trimmer from Tonic, so I don’t have any experience with their other trimmers. Tonic has a smaller version of this one: Tim Holtz 8″ Guillotine Trimmer. You can’t cut 12×12 papers with this one since it’s only 8″ inch long. So that would also make it impossible to cut portrait cards. My previous trimmer was the Fiskars Surecut which worked well in the beginning, but like I mentioned, after a while your cuts will get fuzzy and you won’t be able to cut clean crisp cuts. Also, Guillotine trimmers are more durable in my opinion than small trimmers with a replaceable blade. 🙂 Let me know if you have more questions!

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