Here’s some pointers for cutting materials such as paper, card, formcore and boards.
Cutting mat – use one. These are self-healing, and are made of a special plastic. These plastic mats have a special property: their molecules bind to each other in such a way that after they are cut apart, the broken bonds re-form when put back together. Don’t be a noob and cut on the surface of your table or bench, screwing up the smooth surface.
Cutting blades – There are a whole assortment of cutting blades out there but for our purposes, these listed below are the ones to get acquainted with: NT cutters are cutters from Japan and have been around for a long time. Many designers grew up with these cutters with retractable/disposable blades; early designs were dull and practical looking but the latest offerings are ‘sexy’ looking, and most probably aimed at the iGeneration.