Although I had not had this cutter long, I have found it to be extremely handy and useful. Its size is great for keeping out and accessible or for carrying to a crop. I do so much cutting I get tired of replacing rotary blades to maintain a good cut, so I appreciate this type of blade. Fiskars products are ones I trust for quality as well.
The smudge guard lets you hold papers securely while you are trimming. I never have a problem with slipping.
My children are all grown at this point so I do not have to worry about children's safety.