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The best Cricut blades in 2022

The best Cricut blades, a photo of a blade on material
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The best Cricut blades enable you to cut all kinds of materials with confidence using a Cricut cutting machine – the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore series and smaller blades for the Cricut Joy. This can mean doing everything from trimming vinyl and fabric to embossing card and applying foil cutting metals. 

Cricut cutting machines are one of the leading brands in crafts, enabling hobbyists and pros to create incredible projects, from gifts and cards to custom wallpaper and car decals. Read our guide to the best Cricut machines to find the one that's right for you. If you need in-depth advice, read our Cricut Maker 3 review, our Cricut Explore 3 review, and our Cricut Joy review.

In this guide to the best Cricut blades we'll look at what blades you'll need to get started on a Cricut machine, as well as the more interesting Cricut blades used to achieve unique finishes in foils and those need to cut wood and more. We'll start with the best Cricut blades for Maker and Explore series of machines, then the best Cricut Joy blades.

The best Cricut blades: Maker and Explore series

Best Cricut blades: Cricut Fine-Point Blade

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01. Cricut Premium Fine-Point Blade

The best replacement blades are always handy

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore series

Reasons to buy

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Strong and precise
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Suitable for a range of materials

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest blade

A couple of replacement blades are among the most essential of Cricut supplies to always have on hand. Made from premium German carbide steel, its gold-coloured premium Fine-Point blades are designed to make intricate cuts in a variety of thin to medium-weight materials including paper, cardstock, poster board, vinyl and iron-on. You can buy non-Cricut branded replacement blades for cheaper, but for guaranteed quality, we would recommend sticking to Cricut's own.

The best Cricut blades as represented by a photo of a deep point blade

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02. Cricut Deep-Point Blade

The best Cricut blade for tough materials

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore series

Reasons to buy

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Cuts hard materials such as felt, cardboard and chipboard

Reasons to avoid

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Not needed for everyone

For particularly tough craft projects you'll need the Cricut Deep-Point Blade. This little marvel is designed to cut through tougher materials like chipboard, stiffened felt and tough cardboard. It can even cut through magnetic material.

This blade attachment has a steeper angle, 60 degrees as opposed to the standard 45 degrees, enabling it to dig deeper into those tricky materials. The Cricut Deep-Point Blade can be used with all Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore machines, but not Cricut Joy.

The best Cricut blades, a photo of a debossing blade

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03. Cricut Fine Debossing Tip

The best Cricut blade for elegant paper crafts

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker

Reasons to buy

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Create debossed card designs
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Make decorative flourishes, patterns, monograms, logos

Reasons to avoid

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Only available for Cricut Makers

Unlike traditional craft debossing folders the Cricut Fine Debossing Tip is a roller that can be attached to a Cricut Maker and used to make any design you choose. We find it offers a great freedom for creating patterns and debossed textures on cards and decorations.

The Cricut Fine Debossing Tip uses a ceramic roller to create debossed designs imported from Design Space or your own creations. It snaps into place and can be used with cardstock, foil poster board, foil cardstock, foil kraft board, poster board, kraft board, and more materials. The only downside we find is its limited to use with the more powerful Cricut Maker machines.

The best Cricut blades, a photo of the Cricut knife blade

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04. Cricut Knife Blade

The best Cricut blade for dense materials

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker

Reasons to buy

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Cuts wood and leather
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Use to create puzzles, bags and more long-lasting craft projects

Reasons to avoid

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Only available for Cricut Makers

Designed to cut dense materials, such as wood, leather, craft foam, and more, we find the Cricut Knife Blade is a great Cricut blade if you're planning on using your Cricut Maker to create more than card projects.

The Cricut Knife Blade is a 12mm carbide blade that can easily cut through materials you'll want to use for creating puzzles, dioramas and even leather bags and goods. Because you're using this blade to cut very tough materials it only works with a Cricut Maker or Cricut Maker 3. 

The best Cricut blades, a photo of a perforation blade

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05. Cricut Basic Perforation Blade

The best Cricut blade for 'tear-off' projects

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker

Reasons to buy

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Create 'tear-off' projects, such as raffle tickets and calendars
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Used with paper, cardstock, foam, acetate, foil, and some fabrics

Reasons to avoid

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Only available for Cricut Makers

The Cricut Basic Perforation Blade is the best Cricut blade for creating 'tear-off' projects, such as raffle tickets, calendars, coupons, and collectible paper dolls. It can trim paper, card and foil stock, as well as some fabric materials. It cuts 2.5mm teeth with 0.5mm gaps.

We've found the Cricut Basic Perforation Blade works great for these kinds of projects, where you need to create materials that can be torn off in even ways. It's a very niche use, but also one some crafters will absolutely need, for example if you're making tear-out booklets or poster-books of your art.

One of the best Cricut blades is the wavy blade, a photo of it on a white background

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06. Cricut Wavy Blade

The best Cricut blade for creating 'wavy' edges

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker

Reasons to buy

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Cuts wavy curved edges to give your projects a unique look
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For use on iron-on, vinyl, paper, cardstock, fabric, and more

Reasons to avoid

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Only available for Cricut Makers

The Cricut Wavy blade does just that, it cuts a wavy, smooth edge on most materials, including card, vinyl and fabric. This Cricut blade is fantastic for creating unique and whimsical finishing touches to most of your Cricut projects.

In use we found it incredibly easy to switch out this blade tip for the existing one using Cricut's QuickSwap Housing system. Once attached it creates the elegant wavy edge to give every project a touch of class, and does so in a quicker time and with less hassle than a standard drag blade.

A photo of one of the best Cricut blades, the bonded fabric blade

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07. Cricut Bonded-Fabric blade

The best Cricut blade for applique and sewing projects

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker and Explore series

Reasons to buy

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Excellent build quality for professional sewers and fabric crafters
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Comes in metallic pink so you know its a fabric attachment

Reasons to avoid

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A very specific use

The Cricut Bonded-Fabric Blade has a very specific use, to enable you to cut and trim stiff fabrics and bonded, backed fabrics. The tough high-grade German carbide steel blade doesn't dull with use, and will likely last around six months of constant cutting. This is clearly a blade designed for pro-level use.

In use we find there are some nice design touches, such as the metallic pink finish that matches the colour of the Cricut FabricGrip mat so you always know this is your go-to fabric blade. If you're creating applique and detailed sewing projects that require accuracy, this is the blade you need. We love it.

The Cricut Engraving blade is one of the best Cricut blades

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08. Cricut Engraving Tip

The best Cricut accessory for engraving on metal and leather

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Maker

Reasons to buy

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Create intricate jewellery designs, signs, luggage tags and much more 
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Works with flat, soft metals, leather, acrylic, plastics and more

Reasons to avoid

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Only for use with Cricut Makers

The Cricut Engraving Tip is your perfect attachment for creating metal and leather personalised gifts and craft projects. It can permanently engrave metal tags and badges, leather goods and more. Designs can include everything from written messages to intricate drawings and designs.

The premium carbide steel will last and offers great flexibility for most projects. We'd recommend you use this with other blades, such as the debossing and wavy blades, to create more detailed designs. It can be expensive, and while you don't need the whole lot, you may find it helpful.

The best Cricut blades: Cricut joy

The best Cricut blades, a photo of a Joy replacement blade

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09. Cricut Joy Replacement Blade

The essential replacement blade for Cricut Joy

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Joy

Reasons to buy

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An all-purpose blade for Cricut Joy
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Suitable for Smart Materials
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Easy to attach and store

Reasons to avoid

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None

The do-all Cricut Joy Blade. This is a replacement for the blade that comes with your Cricut Joy and can be used for most basic craft projects, including cutting cards, tags, stickers, and more. It's a hard-wearing and adaptable blade.

When in use we find this rarely sticks or tears, and it's easily swapped out for your old blade and stored safely. It's compatible with all the standard Cricut joy projects, including Infusible Ink, Transfer Sheets, Insert Cards and more. This pack doesn't come with the blade housing, but you have one in the Cricut Joy. If you need a new one, Cricut does a pack of both blade and housing.

One of the best Cricut accessories is a foil kit, it's packaging is photographed

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10. Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Kit

The best Cricut Joy blade for foil finishes

Specifications

Suitable for: Cricut Joy

Reasons to buy

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Create shimmering projects
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High-quality results every time

Reasons to avoid

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You'll need to experiment

The Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Kit can enable you to add a little shimmer and shine to your usual paper and card craft projects. You can even create blocks of foil and cut into them, or cut our intricate foil patterns to transfer onto existing cards, invitations and tags. 

Inside the box you'll find one tip for trimming and cutting the foil sheets, as well as 12 sheets to experiment with. There's tape too, for keeping the foil sheets in place. Usually we find you don't need the tape, but in this case it helps as the metallic sheet can slip and slide.

We love the Foil Transfer Kit and the extra gloss it brings to a project but it can take some getting used to, and with teething problems in your early projects you'll be glad of the 12 sheets in the box. In our Cricut Joy review with often needed to test things out with Cricut's small cutter.

Note: this Foil Transfer Kit comes in a larger size for the Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3.

The best Cricut blades: frequent questions

What is the best Cricut blade?

The best Cricut blade for most projects is the Deep Point blade; this can be used to cut magnet material, chipboard, cardstock, stiffened felt, cardboard, paper, and light fabrics. It's the best all-round blade for Cricut. 

How long do Cricut blades last?

In use, we've found the average Cricut blade lasts around six months. We use our Cricut Maker every day and the standard Premium Fine Point has easily lasted this long. Other blades may fare better or worse depending on what you're cutting.

Can I sharpen my Cricut blade?

You can, but you need to be very careful as these are very sharp. The easy way to sharpen a Cricut blade is to create a tight ball of tin foil, and carefully jab the blade in and out of this foil bundle. We'd advice placing the foil ball on a stable surface and stab it carefully (never hold the ball off foil in your hand).

How do you make your Cricut cutting mat sticky again?

You can clean the Cricut cutting mat easily with our directions below and miss out Step 2, but we'd recommend doing the whole process as the Awesome Spray is incredible.
1. Place your mat in a sink and keep it level.
2. Spray the mat with Awesome, and gently rub in small circles to lift any grime.
3. Run warm water over the matt.
4. Pat dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
5. Let the mat air dry naturally, and it's sticky again.

How many different blades are there for Cricut

In our guide above we've selected our favourite Cricut blades, but there are 11 Cricut blades in total for the main Cricut Maker series. These enable you to cut, emboss, engrave and more across all materials from wood to metal, fabric and paper.

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Ian Dean is Digital Arts & Design Editor at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut, SFX, and assisted on The Idler. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his love to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.