Fiskars Squeeze Punches
Of the more than 260 punch tools offered by Fiskars, none is more popular than the Fiskars squeeze punch. A wide variety of differently shaped varieties are available that add a distinctive style to your homemade cards, pages in your scrapbooks, fancy office stationery, etc. The Fiskars squeeze punch is two times easier to use than its closest competitor and is the only class of punch to earn an Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation.
Although this tool has many useful features and a great track record when it comes to durability there are a few general tips to keep in mind when using your brand new Fiskars punch. It is advisable to “lubricate” any punch before you use it by punching through a piece of wax paper a few times. You should repeat this process a couple of times after you are done with a project for the day in order to clean any excess residue that may have collected on the cutting surfaces of the punch during the course of use.
Another thing to consider is that just as kitchen knives need occasional sharpening, the same principle applies when it comes to punches. Punch through a sheet of aluminum foil a few times to keep those cutting components sharp. Sometimes this is insufficient, so it may be necessary to use very fine sand paper in addition to foil. Sharpen both edges of the cutting surfaces with the sand paper by holding the punch right side up and then turning it upside down. Make sure you do not sand the punch too much or push too hard when doing so, otherwise you may inadvertently damage the metal.
The punch heads on Fiskars squeeze punches feature many different shapes; some of the most interesting are specially produced on a seasonal basis for use during such holidays as Christmas or Halloween. One particular variety of squeeze punch even has heads specifically designed for easily embellishing the corners of each unique art project is the corner squeeze punch. It comes in a new and even more specialized three-in-one design that only adds to your design possibilities. Just one twist of a knob on the back of the three-in-one corner squeeze punch lets you select between not two, but three designs. All this is provided just so you can decorate the simple four corners of a piece of paper!
Each Fiskars squeeze punch comes with the following great features:
- an open punch head that enables you to see just where you are punching so you can precisely position the tool for the perfect punch every time
- various sizes ranging from medium to extra-large
- as always, ergonomically shaped handles that make the punch rest comfortably in your hand