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Cricut Maker: Knife Blade FAQ

What materials can I cut with the Knife Blade?

The Knife Blade can cut the following materials. Click the links below to learn more about cutting different materials with the Knife Blade. 

How do I prepare my material and machine for cutting with the Knife Blade?

When cutting with the Knife Blade there are a few steps you will need to take to prepare your Maker machine and material for cutting. Click the links in the steps below for more details and instructions.  

  1. Ensure that your material is only 11" wide, and align it with the top left corner of the adhesive area on the cutting mat to prevent it from passing under the large rubber rollers on the roller bar. Click here for more information.  

  1. Tape the material down to the mat on all four sides to prevent slippage while cutting. Click here for more information.  

  1. Move the white star wheels on the roller bar all the way to the right to give clearance for thick materials and to prevent them from leaving track marks on your material. Click here for more information.


Can I use the Knife Blade with my Explore machine?

The Knife blade is compatible only with the Cricut Maker machine. It is operated by a drive mechanism that the Explore models do not have, and with which they cannot be upgraded.

How intricate of an image can the Knife Blade cut?

The Knife Blade is ideal for cuts of moderate detail, no smaller than ¾". This includes the size of interior cuts; for best results interior cuts should be no smaller than ¾". Width of cuts should not be smaller than the diameter of a pencil. Due to the pressure and multiple passes required to cut through thicker materials with the Knife Blade, thin lines or pieces smaller than ¾” may separate or fall apart during cutting. For this reason we recommend keeping lines at least as thick as a standard wooden pencil, and shapes no smaller than ¾”. 

Note: If some interior “negative” pieces are smaller than ¾” they may be destroyed during cutting, but the surrounding cut will likely be fine. If you notice negative pieces popping off the mat during cutting, use a brush or spray air to clear them from the cutting area.

Why can't I cut with the Knife Blade when using the Cricut Design Space mobile app?

Knife Blade functionality has not been added to the mobile app at this time. Knife Blade cuts require multiple passes, often more than ten. Depending upon the complexity of your image and the material being cut, the time needed to complete these cuts can range from minutes to hours, which would restrict the use of your mobile device for that period of time.

Can I create my own material settings for the Knife Blade?

At this time it is not possible to create new custom material settings that use Knife Blade.

    Why am I unable to edit cut settings that use the Knife Blade?

    When using a cut setting for Knife Blade materials, the blade makes multiple passes along each cut path, adjusting the pressure slightly with each pass until the cut is complete. All of the pre-programmed cut settings have been rigorously and meticulously tested to arrive at a setting that provides the best experience cutting that material with the Cricut Maker and Knife Blade.  

    Why does it take so many passes to cut some materials with the Knife Blade?

    Several passes of shallow cuts with gradually increasing pressure on each pass is the best use of machine resources, allows for more precise cuts, and provides longest life for your Knife Blade and cutting mat.

    Can I use Fast Mode when cutting with the Knife Blade?

    Fast Mode is not available when cutting with the Knife Blade. 

    Why would I choose to cut something with the Knife Blade and Maker machine over doing the same cut by hand?

    The Knife Blade cuts through dense materials up to 3/32" thick with ease and safety. The Adaptive Tool System in the Maker controls the direction of the blade and the cut pressure to match the material to a greater degree of precision and control than can be accomplished by hand.

    How do I replace my Knife Blade?

    Click here for instructions on how to replace your Knife Blade.

    How long does the Knife Blade last?

    The Knife Blade is intended for use with thick, dense materials such as balsa wood, chipboard, leather and craft foam up to 2.4mm or 3/32". Because of this, the Knife Blade will wear quickly compared with other blades.

    However, the life of the blade will vary depending on the density and thickness of the material you are cutting, as well as the intricacy of your design. Thick chipboard will wear a blade more quickly than soft leather.

    What mat should I use when cutting with the Knife Blade?

    For most Knife Blade materials, the StrongGrip mat is recommended. Craft Foam may stick well to the StandardGrip mat instead.  

    Why do I have to tape my materials to the mat when my mat is already sticky.

    The mat’s adhesive is designed to firmly hold cuts in place and to release cuts without damage. Because the Knife Blade cuts with more pressure, the mat needs assistance in holding thick or dense materials in place. Taping the material to the mat will help secure it so that as the blade cuts, the cut images stay in place.

    There is a squeaking noise coming from my Knife Blade while cutting. What do I do?

    Dust or debris generated when cutting with the Knife Blade may gather on and around the gear guard on top of the Knife Blade drive housing and cause it to squeak while in use. Use a soft brush, such as a paintbrush, to gently clear any dust or debris from the Knife Blade drive housing. 

    Note: Do not remove the housing from the B clamp to clean it off if you are in the middle of a cut.