Cricut has many blades and they all have a special purpose. It is confusing sometimes to tell which Cricut Blade to use, but I’m here to explain the differences.
There are 10 types of blades
- Fine Point Blade
- Deep Point Blade
- Bonded Fabric Blade
- Rotary Blade
- Knife Blade
- Scoring Wheel
- Perforation Blade
- Wavy Blade
- Debossing Blade
- Engraving Blade
Fine Point Blade
This is the workhorse Cricut Blade. It comes with a new Cricut and is used for almost everything. The housing is gold and the blades have a white rubber covering when new if you get them from Cricut. There are cheaper places to buy them, like wish. The blades have a 45 degree angle. It is for both the Explore machines and the Maker.
The Deep Point Blade
The Deep Point Blade has a black housing and a black rubber cover if bought from Cricut. Again you can get them cheaper other places. This blade is only used on thicker or harder materials like foam or magnet sheets. It has a steeper angle of 60 degrees. It is for both the Explore machines and the Maker
Bonded Fabric Blade
This blade has a pink housing. It can be used in both the Explore and the Maker but the rotary wheel works much better in the maker. The bonded fabric blade will cut fabric that is bonded to fusible backing. (The rotary wheel doesn’t need the backing)
The Rotary Wheel
The rotary wheel blade comes with the maker. It cuts fabric and is very sharp. The blade needs replaced quite often if you cut a lot of fabric and there is a kit to change the blade. By the way, my maker was bought used and didn’t come with this blade housing and you can’t buy one anywhere. Call Cricut and they will send you one for free. When cutting fabric you need a fabric mat to keep your fabric from raveling. I don’t know how it does this but it does.
The Knife Blade
This blade is like having your own Exacto Knife in Cricut. It cuts leather, Balsa wood, chipboard and such. It is only for the maker. You must calibrate this blade when you use it. If you don’t, Design Space will keep reminding you to calibrate it.
The Scoring Wheel
The scoring wheel is only for the maker. It is sorta the same as the scoring stylus in the Explore machines. This blade is very dull. It also comes in a double scoring blade. I don’t have a double so I can’t say how much better it is or not. The scoring wheel is the first of the blades to have the quick change housing. The bottom pops off and you can attach a new type of blade to it. I believe all new blades will have this capability. And if you have a quick change housing you can buy just the tip for the new blades which is a little cheaper.
Perforation, Wavy, Debossing and Engraving Blades
These are the four new blades by Cricut. I don’t have any of them yet. They are available in both the full housing or just the quick change tip. The wavy blade cuts a wavy line like those scissors you can buy which makes me think that there will be a whole line of this type of blade. The perforation blade cuts dashes for tear offs. The debossing blade works like the scoring tool on the Explore machine but a little deeper. The engraving blade with engrave into metal and other materials. There is a list here. This is probably the first of the new blades I will get because I can do all the other stuff with little design tweeks.
I hope this helps. There probably will be more blades and tools coming out soon.