Cricut Blades – Your Guide To Cricut Maker & Explore Air 2 Blades

The Cricut Explore Air 2 and Maker blade guide!


As you’ll know, different Cricut machines sometimes use different blades.


The 4 machines in the Cricut Explore range all use and can share the same types of blades. The Cricut Maker also takes the same blades as the Explore Air 2, but has multiple additional blades as well.


Cricut Blades


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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:

  1. Cricut Explore – no longer for sale as new
  2. the Explore One Cutting Machine
  3. the Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine
  4. and the Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine


Three of these machines are still for sale on Amazon (and elsewhere), but at this stage, if you’re looking for a new machine, I would only go for the Cricut Explore Air 2 or Maker. The earlier machines do not offer the same value.


Cricut Replacement Blades


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Source: Cricut


This table makes it very easy to see what blades can be used with each 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. If blades on the Cricut site are out of stock, check out Michaels here!


Cricut Explore Air 2 Blades


Wedding place names with cricut

I cut these wedding place names with the Explore Air 2


To reiterate what I said above, all four of the Cricut Explore machines use the same three blades. The Cricut Maker also uses the same three blades, but is able to take 3 additional blades.


Therefore, here are the 3 blades for use with the Cricut Explore Air 2, as well as the Maker (I’ll also include a piece on the Cricut Scoring Stylus).


1. The Cricut Premium Fine Point Blade & Housing


cheap cricut premium blade replacementNew Cricut Explore Air 2 machines come with one Premium Blade and Housing.


Unless the Housing is lost or damaged, it is unlikely you will ever need to buy another. However, you will need to buy replacement blades, as they become dull with use over time.



What is the Premium Fine Point Blade used for?


Here are some common materials that are cut with the fine point blade:


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


cheap cricut deep cut blade and 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.



What is the Deep Cut Blade used for?


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
  • Chipboard
  • Stamp material
  • Thick cardstock
  • Stiffened felt
  • Foam sheets
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric

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


the cricut bonded fabric blade and housingWhat 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.



How to use the Bonded Fabric Blade


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


cheap cricut scoring stylusWhile 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.



How to use and insert the Scoring Stylus



Cricut Maker Blades


blades for the cricut makerThe Cricut Maker is the latest and greatest Cricut cutting machine. While it’s a little more expensive than the other units, it has some awesome added features.


There are many new Cricut Maker tools that can be used exclusively with the Maker. These blades cannot be used with any of the other machines (until they make the Cricut Maker 2, of course…).


Remember, the Cricut Maker does use the same Premium Fine Point Blade, Deep Cut Blade, and Bonded Fabric Blade as listed above with the Explore machines.


The three additional blades are:

  1. Rotary Blade & Housing
  2. Knife Blade & Housing
  3. Scoring wheel


1. The Cricut Maker Rotary Blade & Housing


the cricut maker rotary bladeThe Rotary Blade can only be used in the Cricut Maker, and this blade (and housing) is included when you buy the machine.


While you won’t likely need to buy a new housing, you will need replacement blades from time to time when you start to notice frayed edges on cut material.



What is the Rotary Blade used for?


This blade is especially for cutting flexible and soft materials.

  • Burlap
  • Cotton
  • Denim
  • Silk


How to change the Rotary Blade



2. The Cricut Knife Blade & Housing


cheap Cricut Knife Blade & HousingThe Cricut Knife Blade is used for cutting thicker and harder materials. This blade also requires its own unique housing unit.


The difference between the Cricut Knife Blade and the Deep Point Blade is that the Knife Blade can cut thicker materials – up to 3/32 of an inch thick.



What is the Cricut Knife Blade used for?


You are able to cut thick materials such as:

  • Balsa wood
  • Chipboard
  • Matboard


3. The Cricut Scoring Wheel


cricut blades cricut scoring wheel reviewThe 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 (aka. the QuickSwap 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).




The Cricut QuickSwap Housing


cricut quickswap housing


The Cricut QuickSwap Housing is the latest Cricut innovation.


The one housing can be used with a variety of new blades (with many more coming)!


These new blades include:

  • The Engraving Tip
  • The Debossing Tip
  • The Wavy Blade
  • The Perforation Blade


We have an entire article dedicated to explaining the QuickSwap Housing here.


The Best Cricut Blades


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!



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