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    The newer 301's have a tighter tolerance/bushings than the old ones, eliminating side movement on the rail. Nevertheless, you can eliminate the curve on the older ones by holding the cutter tight against the rail when plunging the blade in, stopping any sideways motion, and keeping some sideways pressure towards the rail when cutting.

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    i cut my mats with a logan 450 and always get perfect windows. the secret i think, is changing the blade often and using good quality cotton mats.
    easy to use and highily recommended. ( one other tip: use the metric scale )

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    Another thing to avoid the beginning curve in the cut, in addition to John's suggestion - adjust the blade so it just barely penetrates the board. The cut into the backing piece (which you should use) should be just visible. This means if you change boards, you have to check the depth for the thickness of the board. I turn the cutting tool upside down and place a scrap of board on it with the tip of the blade on the other side, and adjust the depth so I can just see it coming up on the other side.
    Also, the Logan phone support folks (yes, they will actually talk to you) said that the backing piece should be as wide as the border of the matte (running under the guide) and should run out to the other edge of the board (the Logan wooden board the thing is mounted to) itself. I also put magazines outside the board to keep the matte board from dropping down off the edge of this board.
    I have been using a 301 (without the square angle guide - I don't trust them, I measure all edges from inside out) for 25 years, and once I started doing these things, all was well.

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I just ordered a 301s and 100 blades.

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    You will be happy with your purchase. I really like my 301.
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    I've used the Dexter and mastered it, it will give you pain if the blade is dull like most tools. It must have a clean sharp blade to be effective and work smoothly.
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    We spend thousands of dollars on our cameras, lenses and darkroom equipment. We make are prints with care and want to show them off. The final presentation depends on the quality of the matting, mounting, and of course the framing.

    This is especially important if you are aiming at marketing your art. My wife and I own a middle to high end art gallery and the first thing we look at with new artists is how they present their art and how well it looks front to back or top to bottom, depending on what it is. It is kind of like "plating" at a restaurant. A diner just kinds of plops it on the plate, while a fine restaurant takes great pride in their presentation. It does make a difference.

    If I may suggest, keep printing and save some bucks to buy good equipment. Used can be just fine if it has not been abused.

    Best of luck,

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    An Alternative -- Altos

    Has Altos been mentioned? Start at under
    $100. Of more sound mechanical design
    IMO. Search Google for, Altos Mat .
    Many sources. Ebay too. Dan

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    how much does the dexter 301 cost?
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    how much does the dexter 301 cost
    At least three different manufacturers are mentioned in the thead so far. The Dexter is a handheld cutter meant to be used against a straightedge, and the border spacing is dependant on where the straightedge is placed.

    The Logan 301 has a fence in addition to a fixed straightedge which allows the border to be mechanically set. The cutter has clips that hold it to the straightedge. The 301 is around 100 USD.

    Because of the fixed guides, the Logan is less demanding on the skills of the operator in holding and positioning a straightedge.

    The low-end Alto cutter and guide are similar to the Logan, except that it only does fixed increments for the mat borders, which I found quite limiting. Also the cutter body is plastic.

    Both Logan and Alto have other models that add features and cost.

    The Dexter;
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/de...FR9M5Qodkxbh9g

    The Logan 301;
    http://www.logangraphic.com/products.../compact.shtml

    Altos;
    http://www.altosezmat.com/products/4...501_cutter.htm
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