Polite Kutsey Kraftsey Korney Korner

Now, I'm sure the brilliant "negative space paper sculpturist", Peter Callesen could simply will his cut out designs to remove themselves from their letter-sized paper prisons using only his sheer mind power. Himself and I, however, are forced to discover a method for cutting such small intricate curves in paper that we mere mortals could utilize.

We stopped into Soolip Paperie on Melrose in West Hollywood on Sunday for a hit of inspiration and by chance came across a paper cutting tool from Japan we'd never heard or seen of before that may be the answer. It's a hand tool whose ceramic blade swivels 360º as its button is depressed. (I understand there are meds for that these days.)

There's a brief Japanese video/commercial/demo which I'm certain the chyron for it says; "Polite Kutsey Kraftsey Korney Korner" with that pink swish. (One can see how the item works about midway.) Look past this insult, people, into the gaping maw of godsend. Harac International makes this ingenious mouse-shaped paper cutter with which "You can cut a paper along curving line. Paper cutter blade will spin toward the sliding direction like a chair caster." They say the cost is about $15.95 US.

I've been Googling for another US distributor in Los Angeles as Soolip was SOLD OUT for the moment. The clip above says it's available from Hamonoichiba but I could only find it on their Japanese page and couldn't see if they'd ship to the US for 1 or 2 units. (I wouldn't mind a pair of those crazy soft squishey self-customizing hand hugging scissors listed there either! Woo.) I've emailed them an inquiry.

If it proves to be the life changing item it appears, I'll produce my own raving webcast to that effect. In the meantime, we're going to get our grubby mitts on one somehow and report back here on the actual experience of using it.


  1. Anonymous4:15 PM

    me want

  2. Me wannie want too, Hills.

  3. Hey, you might want a frisket cutter: Grifhold Swivel Knife

    This is a nifty little cutter I used to use for cutting acetate and friskets for airbrushing.

  4. Hi Mike, Ah yes, Rubilith™ dayz. You know, I'm soooo old I used to have to cut Rubilith™ by hand to mask photos at newspaper jobs before desktop publishing was even a twinkle in Steve and Woz' eye!

    I've seen other swivel cutting hand-tool for years and there even has been other steady self-suspended cutters like Fiskers has but I've never seen a ceramic swivel blade that is self-suspended that also allows you to see clearly where you are cutting before like a pencil, as this one.

    I'm so curious if it will work like it seems.

  5. This makes cutting fun and easy!! Thanks for the idea and link!!

  6. Hi Corey, if you do manage to get one, please report back! Vive le Bon Papier!

  7. So you used to be a stripper huh? :-)

    I must have cut miles of rubylith, my favorite knife was the ulano swivel knife at least for anything that wasn't straight, I don't know if they make them anymore? They had a miniture ball bearing in the tip that would rotate very nicely.
    I don't know how well it would work for cutting paper, ruby and stencil films are kind of soft compared to paper with all the pesky fibers.

    Those mouse style cutters look like they would work pretty nice once you got the hang of it.

  8. The things one finds out about their friends online! Blush.

    Good point on the Harac™ mousie cutter, stay tuned.

  9. Anonymous1:12 PM

    Oh wow, this sounds fabulous!!!! And yes, I need meds now! LOL... I have done a fair share of stencil and paper cutting with a swival knife too, But I don't find it very comfortable to work with. I hope this is better - Tell us when you find out!!!!

  10. Oh yes, Ulla, I could see how this, if it works, would be a real home run for your art!

    We stopped in again on Friday and Sunday breathessly awaiting Soolip's reorder shipment, nothing yet.

    I'll send up a flare when they arrive!!

  11. A thousand pardons for my lame attempt at printing humor, and a confession...
    I used to be a "Stripper" too.

    Looking forward to hearing how you like that fancy schmancy swivel knife.

  12. Wha? Mark, that was a funny joke--I got it! no pardon needed here. Still no knife. I'll report back when I get my mits on one for sure!

  13. Oh Good! I thought you would...but then I wasn't sure... and then I wondered how does that sound to non printing trade folks?

    as for me being a former stripper, I would just like to add that it was a long time ago, I was really young, and I needed the money :-)

  14. Tee hee, Mark!

    I went and checked again for the cutter--still due to arrive. In case you were on pins and needles. hee.

    JAN VG

  16. The Harac cutter update is... We got two of them through a friend in Japan, tried the out and find them to be useful--but just for a very narrow purpose.

    They are perfect for cutting simple shapes against a template. Kids LOVE it! Free hand or intricate cuts are better made with the ol' trusty x-acto #11 blade for sure.

    That being said, perhaps if one were trained on this kind of device from the beginning it might feel more familiar and preferable to anything else.

    Hope that helps!

  17. Anonymous4:39 AM

    Awesome project, Mel! Wow! I love your idea with new use of digi-images! Thank you for sharing tutorial, templates and your wonderful inspiration! more templates easy to download


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