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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the best way to hold a Hot Knife Tool?

The best position to hold the Hot Knife Tool, while in use, is like a pencil or paintbrush allowing the heated point to simply glide through the surface.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px sol...

What is the best way to insert the knife blade in the Hot Knife Tool?

The knife blade can easily be attached to the tool.  Before the tool is plugged into an electrical outlet and while both the tool and the knife blade are still cool to the touch, simply insert the knife blade and screw it into place.  If desired, use pliers to hold the knife...

Should I store the Hot Knife Tool with a knife blade attached?

After each use, it is recommended that the Hot Knife Tool be allowed to completely cool down. Once cool, remove the knife blade and store the tool without a blade inserted. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;bord...

How long does it take the Hot Knife Tool to heat up?

Plaid’s Hot Knife Tool will completely heat up within eight to ten minutes (8 – 10). .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f...

What can I do to stabilize my Hot Knife Safety Stand?

To prevent possible injury, it is best to always stabilize the Hot Knife Tool Safety Stand so that it does not move about the work surface while working with a hot tool.  Simply unfold the metal stand, set it upright, then tape the legs of the stand to the work surface where d...

When using the Hot Knife Tool, what is the best direction to move the tool?

Most creators find it easier to pull the Hot Knife Tool towards you while cutting or carving a design.  Reposition the project surface often to make it easier to continually pull the tool towards you. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;bord...

Should I cut or carve a surface using light or heavy pressure?

It is always best to test the surface and the hot knife blade on a scrap piece of the same surface before creating.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px ...

My power cord is slightly damaged, can I still use my Hot Knife Tool?

If you accidentally damaged your power cord, it is NOT recommended for further use. Also, it is best NOT to try to replace the electrical cord. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}....

What miscellaneous supplies might I need to complete a project?

A few household miscellaneous supplies might be needed when using the Hot Knife Tool.  These supplies are: Small Ceramic Dish – Can be used to hold extra knife blades. Pencil – Can be used to draw a pattern onto a project surface.  Can also be used to retrace over pa...

Basic Safety Tips

NEVER touch the Hot Knife Tool (blade or any metal parts) when plugged in and heated which may cause severe burns. Lightly squeeze a tiny amount of graphite dry lubricant before inserting a knife blade to a cool Hot Knife Tool.  The dry graphite lubricant will keep the knif...
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