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    +1 Surgical scissors and a lightbox
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    The lab type cutters are as accurate as the positioning. If care is taken in that part, they do fine, but so do scissors.
    I like to use a cheap Fiskars plastic paper trimmer on a light box. It's overkill but it works nicely, and even tricky situations like too-close negative spacing are easy to deal with.

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    Geez, I can't believe this is even a problem. Enough light and a good, sharp pair of scissors.
    This is another "I can't load steel/plastic reels" thing. Nobody can the first time. Just takes some patience and a little practice.

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    Sharp scissors and a light box. Never managed to botch a negative yet.
    Like David I'm a bit surprised this is even an issue.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

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    One of the reasons I like the cutter I recommended is that only one of my two hands is capable of either accurately holding film still or cutting film with scissors

    A "guillotine" type cutter solves that problem - my weaker hand is quite capable of handling the blade. A rotary cutter will also work.

    The "Dr. T" film cutter adds the translucent base, guides that hold the film straight and distance markers, so it works even better than a plain "guillotine" type cutter, especially with slide film.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Sharp scissors and a light box. Never managed to botch a negative yet.
    Like David I'm a bit surprised this is even an issue.
    Just started scanning, didn't have to cut for enlarger.

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    I use a battle axe to cut my negatives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    I use a battle axe to cut my negatives!

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    I'd like to see that. Will a machete do?
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    I'd like to see that. Will a machete do?
    As long as it's sharp!

    I use scissors.

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    I use my teeth and then cauterize the edges with a torch.

    Just kidding, I set the negatives on a white piece of paper, then use my metal scale and x-acto knife.

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