I just received a pack of punches I ordered from sb.com, the Fiskars punches are so easy to use! You can easily see what you're punching and I look so forward to use this for my Christmas cards! This one fits perfectly both in the extra large fiskars punch and also the EK Success - Paper Shapers - Nesting Punch - Scallop Circle 2"
Used in this card: Little snowman card 1
Picked this up thinking it'd be just the right size to make some cute garlands for around the house. It was. It did start to bother my forearm/wrist after a hundred or so punches, but that's probably not a normal use-case. I'll definitely pick up more in different sizes eventually.
I love everything Fiskars makes. I already had a circle punch this size, but it was by a different manufacturer and gave me nothing but trouble. I finally broke down and bought this one. It is a million times easier and the punches are perfect. Yea Fiskars!
Used in this layout: Just Keep Swimming
Punch is a good size and easy to use. My hand doesn't hurt after using this one. I would recommend this to anyone especially if you are making the suspension cards which require graduated shapes. Certainly a good buy.
Used in this layout: Jesse's First Birthday
I cannot say enough good things about this circle punch. It hardly takes any effort to squeeze at all. Since it's hand held, it makes it quick and easy to line up the circle to punch out any pattern.
Used in this card: We Love You Dad (card-front)
I love these punches! The one's that they're replacing were nearly impossible to use, especially trying to cut out a specific area on pp. This one is so easy to use and is really well-made.
A quick flip through my album will reveal that I use my large circle punch more than any other tool I own. As a result, I needed a circle punch that would consistently produce crisp circles -- WITHOUT requiring me to expend much energy each time. With my standard punches, I found myself needing to use my hardwood floors as a work-surface just so I could get enough leverage to push down and pop out the shape. This made it difficult to position the picture/paper inside the circle (and, of course, each time I used such a punch on the floor, I risked getting my layout dirty).
The Fiskars "Round n Round" squeeze punch has made my paper-punching cleaner and easier. Scrappers of all ages *and* fitness levels can punch their papers and pictures with a single light squeeze. Because the punch can be operated with just one hand, no hard workspace is required. It can be used sitting down or standing up -- great for busy scrappers who are short on table space!
The one disadvantage to the design: I've noticed that, after I've punched a circle, three tiny impressions will appear in the center where the bottom metal plate pushed up against the paper. This, however, is barely noticeable.
Used in this layout: resolve (BOM)
I use this punch constantly. It is one of two that I never put away because I may need them again. I would do that with any circle punch, but I got this one first. It is really easy to use and I can punch out a bunch of circles really quickly. I also have the medium, but will also be getting the extra large circle and some squares (when they are released). They just have endless uses.
I have noticed imperfect circles with lighter paper and it just won't punch thin handmade papers or tissue paper, but that is such a slight issue for me. A little imperfection is not a problem at all.
Edit (July 5, 2010): While I was able to use this punch many many times, when it broke it was not at all fixable. I may replace mine in the future, but I'm not going to right away. They used a plastic piece where a metal piece would have worked better. That change would have prevented it from breaking. I still recommend this entire line on punches, but they cannot handle heavy cardstock and they don't work correctly on light papers and handmade papers. Only use them on regular weight papers.
Used in this layout: Reflection
Excellent for cutting 1.5" circles (especially if using cardstock - does not do well for cutting regular weight paper). I use it to cut out 1.5" images that I had printed on cardstock, using a table format. I made earrings from these circular images. I have used the Fiskars 1.5" puncher to accurately punch out over 3,000 circles that I used to make approx 750 earrings. The only problem I have encountered with this puncher is that it gives out after punching a few hundred circles. One puncher will not last to cut out over 1,000 circles, at least that has been my experience so far. I have to keep buying punchers. So far I have gone through 6 punchers!!! But I'll keep buying them whenever I need to cut out 1.5" circles. And the beat goes on.
I was kind of disappointed in this item. This is the first squeeze punch I have tried and did so because it was Fiskars. The punches are clean and accurate, but you have to trim up to the area you want to punch for clearance. If you are punching right on the edge of the paper it's ok, other than that, extra steps involved in trimming. I will not order any others because of this problem.
I purchased 2 of the Fiskars squeeze punches. I have no problem with punching scrapbook paper, but if I want to punch out thinner or thicker paper, the punches jam. I have other punches from other companies and don't seem to have this problem.
Easy to squeeze, easy on the hand. Does not cut as clean a circle as a regular punch. When you squeeze it, it buckles the paper and wrinkles even cardstock.
The new design of Fiskar's squeeze punches is awesome! You can line up your paper/cardstock perfectly in the easy-to-see "window," so you never get a partial punch. Just the gentlest of squeezes produces the perfect circle. I love to stamp small flowers, words, or even monograms and other images on the circles, for personalized embellishments on my layouts or cards. I have a bad back, neck, and stiff fingers, making many punches difficult for me to use. For some, I actually have to stand up and put all my weight down on the punch, and then still have trouble because it was not lined up properly. With the Fiskar's squeeze punches, punching has become quick, easy, and accurate, not to mention lots of fun, and a great way to be creative!
For me this item is too heavy as i have trouble holding things I like the other brand alot better that brand starts with a U . the spring in this one is really quck and for folks that have good hand control this would be find for them but like i said no for me or for anyone with arthritis not a good choice.