Today we check out 2 of Kromlech’s cutting mats from their new modelling range, which also includes glues, tools, and basing materials. Cutting mats are an essential piece of hobby equipment giving you a durable work surface that protects the table or desk you’re working on. Kromlech kindly sent us 2 of their new mats for review.
Here are the 2 Cutting Mats that Kromlech sent us, there’s the larger blue version which is around A3 size (45cm x 30cm) and the smaller black one which is about the same size as a piece of A4 paper (30cm x 22cm), both mats are 2.5mm thick. These 2 sizes of mats are each available in blue, black or green, with the larger versions priced at €13.99 (around $15.70) and the smaller ones are €6.99 (around $7.80)
The larger blue cutting mat has a work area of 27 x 42cm which is mostly defined by a white grid and ruled markings, the defined area on the smaller mat is 19 x 27cm. These mats are each made of 3 layers of material, a top and bottom layer are made of an anti-slide and self-healing material so that any cuts you make on the mat close up automatically. The middle layer is an anti-penetration material to stop you piercing right through the mat and damaging the table or desk underneath.
The 3 layers combined make a durable surface is that helps protect your desk or table from possible damage while you work on your hobby/modelling projects.
The rear of each mat is unmarked.
Here are the cutting mats we were using up until Kromlech sent us their new ones, as you can tell they have been well used!
Comparing the new Kromlech A3 Cutting Matt with our old one you can see that both are similar except the Kromlech one comes with a wider selection of markings designed to help you make accurate cuts in your modelling projects.
Its the same story with the A4 version of the cutting mats, they’re similar but the Kromlech version is available in 3 colours and has a wider array of angles and rulers marked on it.
So lets try these cutting mats out and see exactly how good they are.
For this trial we’re going to use the larger blue mat, plus we’ve grabbed a craft knife, ruler, and some cereal box card to play around with.
One of the great things about these mats are the additional angles marked on them to enable you to make accurate cuts at varying degrees, this is what we’ll try out first.
Here you can see we’ve lined up our piece of card on the gridlines with one of the angled lines running from the top left corner down towards the bottom right. Lining up our ruler with this line, and then running the craft knife alongside it we can easily cut a perfect 45 degree section from the card.
In addition to the various angles ranging from 15 to 90 degrees, you can also use the 1cm gridlines to cut straight sections accurately. Each time we made a cut on these mats, the surface healed itself as you would expect from a cutting mat, leaving no trace of a mark that we could find.
Well it looks like we can safely replace our old cutting mats with these new versions from Kromlech, they do everything that our trusty old mats did but come with additional useful markings that we can use for cutting all different shapes and sizes, plus they’re available in 3 colours while we’ve only ever seen other cutting mats available in green. These are priced a little higher than some of the similarly sized cutting mats we’ve seen, but this kind of thing lasts a long time so if you think you’ll make use of the extra rules and guides then these could be the mats for you. Check out the rest of Kromlech’s hobby range over at http://bitsofwar.com/