The Cricut Maker also uses the same blades as the Explore Air 2, but has 3 additional blades as well. It’s doesn’t have to be complicated, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Cricut blades below!
Cricut Cutting Machine Blades
The Cricut Maker cutting Glitter HTV with the standard blade
The four machines in the Explore range that can use the Cricut Explore blades are the:
This table makes it very easy to see what blades can be used with which Cricut Machine. There are 3 blades that can be used with the Air 2, and 6 that can used with the Maker.
Each blade has its own housing, which should last a lifetime (or at least, a long time). But the blades themselves need replaced when they become blunt.
Whether you are cutting card, vinyl, HTV, or anything else, you will get the best results with a sharp blade. For example, a blunt blade can pull iron-on away from the carrier sheet while cutting. Or, if you are cutting card, rather than nice clean lines, you will get fraying.
That’s why it’s important to have a sharp blade.
For each blade we will link to Amazon and Cricut for you to compare prices and buy new blades for your cutting machine. However, I can tell you now that Amazon always seems to be cheaper in the blade department!
The premium fine point blade tends to get the most use, so it is a good idea to have replacements handy.
How to install or change Cricut Blades
The blade always goes into holder B. Remember, B for Blade! Other accessories, like the scoring stylus or a pen, go into holder A for Accessory!
2. The Cricut Explore Deep Cut Blade & Housing
The Deep Cut Blade is made of a stronger material than the Premium Blade, and the blade is angled better for cutting harder and thicker materials.
You will need to buy the Deep Cut Blade with the housing the first time you order. This blade requires this particular housing. As you require more blades, you can just re-order them without the housing.
You never know when you might want to do a project that requires a Deep Cut Blade, so make sure you have one ready and waiting.
Cricut Printable Magnetic sheets
For some of these materials, like felt, it might even be better to use the Bonded Fabric Blade (coming up next).
How to install the Cricut Deep Cut Blade
3. The Cricut Bonded-Fabric Blade & Housing
What are bonded fabrics?! Bonded fabrics are two fabrics joined (bonded!) together.
This blade will last longer if used exclusively for these types of projects. Again, it requires its own particular housing, which comes with a blade when first purchased. After that, you are able to simply buy replacement blades.
In the following video Jen is cutting hearts from felt. She tries the Deep Cut Blade and the Premium Fine Point Blade, both which fail. Then she finds success using the Bonded Fabric Blade. It is a really helpful demonstration of the value of the bonded fabric blade.
4. The Cricut Scoring Tool
While not technically a blade, the Cricut Scoring Stylus is an absolute must for use with these Cricut cutting machines – especially if you are into card making!
The scoring tool is most often used for making the fold or bend marks in cards. It scores a faint line giving you a perfect professional fold.
The Cricut Scoring Wheel is the last blade for use with the Cricut Maker. It does not come with the machine and must be purchased separately, and, as usual, it needs its own housing unit.
There are two different tips for use with the Scoring Wheel, known as ‘the scoring wheel’ and ‘the double scoring wheel’. The first has a single scoring blade, and the second has two. These tips can be easily interchanged on the one Scoring Wheel Housing.
The scoring wheel is used for making deeper scores than the aforementioned scoring stylus is able. It is especially good for creating 3d boxes (visit 3D SVG for 3D cut files).
So those are all the blades for the Explore series and Maker cutting machines. The best blades for these machines are genuine Cricut Blades. You are able to buy off-brand or other branded blades, but I think that it’s best to use Cricut’s own products for their machines. That way you can be sure it’s going to work!
That’s all we’ve got for you for now, but comment below if there is anything else you would like to know!