The New X-ACTO® Basic Knife Set and My FREE Crafters Sizing Guide

My appreciation for X-ACTO began in the early 80s with my first job as an ad agency paste-up artist- pre-digital era. I’ve had a #11-blade X-ACTO knife within reach my entire creative career- from graphic designer to professional crafter. So when I was sent X-ACTO’s recently reshaped popular knife set to check out and review I was over the moon.Cathe-Holden-X-Acto-Basic-Knife-Set-2 This new set is housed in a premium soft compression case which replaces the traditional wooden chest- so much easier to carry and store. There are magnetic slots on one side of the kit that securely stores the blades. The kit is very lightweight and includes X-ACTO’s most popular knives for precision trimming and cutting:

  • #1 for lightweight materials
  • #2 for medium to heavy weight materials
  • #5 for heavy weight materials
  • #7, #10, #11, #16, #17, #2, #18, #19, #22 & #24 precision knife blades

Cathe-Holden-X-Acto-Basic-Knife-SetCheck out the very cool X-ACTO® Basic Knife Set video here. The new set retails at $29.99 and will be available nationwide beginning July 1, 2014. This is an ideal gift for your creative friends and the perfect tool set for creative you.

And, speaking of gifts, here’s one from me to you. A free printable with all those little measurements that are good to keep handy when crafting and shopping for materials and supplies.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-X The Holden’s Easy Handy Crafter’s Sizing Guide. (A mouthful I know, but the wording fit so nicely into that lovely vintage label graphic found in an old book.) The printable guide features two rulers, one with inches and one with centimeters/millimeters. There’s also width visuals and rounds in both standard and metric. Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-GuideDownload the sizing guide PDF file (that includes two sets of graphics on one letter-size file), and print to white or colored paper or cardstock. Do a test print run to check for measurement accuracy. You may need to adjust your printer’s settings to print at 100% and not scaled to fit media. All printers are different so you’ll have to play with your settings to get the best results.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-02 Once printed, trim down and through the side rulers at the grey trim marks as shown, allowing ruler increments to bleed off the side of your guide.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-03 You can fold guide in half along the dotted line for tucking into your bag, pocket, or sketchbook. I keep one at my desktop for visually referencing the size of supplies I purchase online such as ribbon widths, bead sizes, jump rings, cabochons, wooden disks, dowel rods, vintage ephemera, and so much more.Holdens-Crafters-Sizing-Guide-01Happy crafting!

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13 Responses to The New X-ACTO® Basic Knife Set and My FREE Crafters Sizing Guide

  1. #1 - Julia D. says:

    Sure going to save up for that wonderful new Xacto knife set. I use them constantly in my crafting and it would be so great! What is more than great is your wonderful sizing guide. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have needed something like this so many times and can’t wait to print out half a dozen of them…. Your the best!

  2. #2 - Deb says:

    I also started off as a paste-up artist and the #11 X-acto knife was my constant tool. It’s invaluable for me now with crafts as well. And thanks so much for the great measurement printout – lots of wonderful options on one sheet. I love your logo work by the way – very nice work. Thanks again.

  3. #3 - MachiLena says:

    Very informative blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.
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  4. #4 - JL says:

    The sizing guide is great, but I like the vintage-style label you created just as much. Thanks for such a handy tool. It’s also great that you are back in the logo business again! Logo design is one of the coolest (though, often under-appreciated) art forms around today.

  5. #5 - berta says:

    Thanks for the great sizing guide, can’t wait to try it out. Xacto knives are the best!! Not so great when you use them for what they were not intended for, but I won’t go into that detail 🙂

  6. #6 - martina says:

    I will definitely print out and use the sizing guide. Thank you!

  7. #7 - Renee R says:

    Thank you!

  8. #8 - Lucy says:

    Thank you so much. I have struggled with the inched to centimeters for a while now. This is very much appreciated. That is also a wonderful craft knife set.

  9. #9 - Donna says:

    Thank you for this guide! I know it will be useful with reviewing my embroidery files – never learned how to convert cm & mm to inches!

  10. #10 - LeAnna Carson-Hansen says:

    Thank you for this freebie!
    I am a teacher and in my class we do a lot of crafts and this guide is perfect for my use when ordering materials for projects.

  11. #11 - Stacia says:

    I downloaded your sizing guide a while ago, and wanted to come back to let you know *just how darn handy* that thing is! totally something i would have made on my own – but i stumbled upon yours first, saving me some work. i have printed out several and stashed them around wherever i might decide i need one, and am just now getting ready to print one out on shrink plastic since that is what i am playing with most recently.

    Thanks so much!

  12. #12 - Suzanne Hilborn says:

    What an unexpected surprise! Jewelry making and scrapbooking are my hobbies and I am always looking for the right ruler, so I thank you so much for these. I will print them in different colors and laminate them for easy identification. Thank you so much.

  13. #13 - Debbie says:

    So happy to find this