[QUOTE=geraldatwork]I use a Dexter hand cutter I picked up on ebay for $5 and a heavy corked back ruler I found on Light Impressions. After a few failures I am making perfect mats. I majored in advertising design in college (way before photoshop days) so I am used to measuring and trying to be exact. The old adage measure twice and cut once applies. I also find if I lose concentration I screw up

Great!! Someone else who can actually use the cheapest, simplest and highly effective Dexter. I have used it for years and I love it. I cut very good mats with it and a corked-back aluminum straight edge. I recommend it. Probably not for cuttin goval mats of salon-ish stuff like that, though ;>)