That’s right, this is the Complete Guide to Cricut Blades – at least for the Explore range and Maker!
As you’ll know, there are a number of different blades for use with Cricut cutting machines. The Explore range includes the Explore, Explore One, the Explore Air, and the Explore Air 2 machines. These all use the same blades. There are also blades for use with older model machines such as:
The Cricut Personal
Expression and Expression 2
and the Cricut Imagine
There is also the lastest cutting machine, the Cricut Maker. This machine uses the same blades as the Explore machines, but also has some additional ones as well.
In this article we’re just going to be focusing on the Explore range of machines and the Cricut Maker.
Cricut Cutting Machine Blades
There are the four cutting machines in the Explore range:
Three of these machines are for sale on Amazon, with the Explore Air 2 as the main seller. It retails for only slightly more than the older two, but is a much better machine. We personally have the Air 2 and absolutely love it. The newest model, the Cricut Maker, is quite a jump up in price.
You will use these gold colored blades for most of your work, so it is good to have some replacements handy.
Heat transfer vinyl (Siser, Cricut, etc.) for use with heat press machines or an iron
Adhesive vinyl (Oracal 651, etc.)
All other light to medium weight materials
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!
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 positioned to a better angle 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.
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
The Cricut Bonded-Fabric Blade & Housing
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. 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’s a really helpful demonstration.
The Cricut Scoring Tool
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
The Cricut Maker is the latest and greatest Cricut cutting machine. It is about twice the price of the other units, but has some awesome added features.
There are two additional blades that can be used with the Maker, which cannot be used with any of the other machines. 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 Rotary Blade can only be used in the Cricut Maker. The Maker comes with the Rotary Blade and Housing when you buy it, so you should not need to buy the housing. You will need replacement blades though from time to time when you notice frayed edges on cut material.
At this stage, the housing cannot be bought separately. Contact Cricut if you need one.
What is the Rotary Blade used for?
This blade is especially for cutting flexible and soft materials.
How to change the Rotary Blade
The Cricut Knife Blade & Housing
This blade has not been released yet, but will be used for cutting thicker and harder materials. This blade will also require its own unique housing unit.
What is the Cricut Knife Blade used for?
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!
It does get super expensive though, unfortunately. It would be nice if every blade did not need its own housing!
That’s all we’ve got for you for now, but please comment below if there is anything you would like us to add.