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Which do you prefer and why? Cards with a regular sharp corner, or when the corners are rounded?
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A rounded corner is almost always a better bet -- a sharp corner is easy to fold/bend/break, this will mark the card.
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redtiger7 wrote:
Which do you prefer and why? Cards with a regular sharp corner, or when the corners are rounded?


I didn't think anything used square anymore.

Square is a finer point that can catch, deform and tear. That's why corners get rounded.
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Sharp cornered cards screams low budget and/or amateur.

You still see them in Crowdfunds.
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Square cut is only okay if the cards are sleeved, which introduce a square corner regardless.

Otherwise, round those corners!
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Round, always round, I don't see any reason for a commercial product to have sharp corners, like none whatsoever. There is no real practical reason to have sharp corners. At all.

Did I mention round?

Round
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Tuism wrote:
Round, always round, I don't see any reason for a commercial product to have sharp corners, like none whatsoever. There is no real practical reason to have sharp corners. At all.

Did I mention round?

Round
But Steven, how should the corners be cut? Square?


Yeah, I think pretty much any playing card that's shuffled and held fanned in your hand has rounded corners. But if the cards are only used as tiles or something then square corners would work.
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TimST1E wrote:
But if the cards are only used as tiles or something then square corners would work.


I round the corners of most of my tiles these days as well - just with a smaller radius cutter.
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I think sharp corners have a unprofessional feel. Its kinda industry standard to be round, and I think its .25inch? This is the puncher i use.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018BYEWK/ref=twister_B013RN69YM?_...
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TimST1E wrote:
Tuism wrote:
Round, always round, I don't see any reason for a commercial product to have sharp corners, like none whatsoever. There is no real practical reason to have sharp corners. At all.

Did I mention round?

Round
But Steven, how should the corners be cut? Square?


Yeah, I think pretty much any playing card that's shuffled and held fanned in your hand has rounded corners. But if the cards are only used as tiles or something then square corners would work.


Wargamers corner-round their chits. Think about that... CHITS! Those little 1-inch or even 3/4-inch squares. Once upon a time, I thought them crazy ..

... I mean, imagine this gung-ho guy wearing his camo pants and a Necromunda or Warhammer shirt ... rocking out to some death metal band, smoking hand rolled ciggs ... and what is he doing?

He's got a nail cutter, and individually rounding the corners of his chits.

(even worse, they actually gather around a table together for some communal corner-rounding ... and chit chat like little old hens)


... I even remember someone talking about sanding the corners of their square-base miniatures....

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sharp corners are for chumps.
 
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Rounded. My corner cutter really pimps up my PNPs
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Round! Looking at your games owned list it would seem the publishers of those games agree.
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ex1st wrote:
Rounded. My corner cutter really pimps up my PNPs


What model of cutter do you use? I have Mk 1 Scissors.
 
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GeorgeMo wrote:
ex1st wrote:
Rounded. My corner cutter really pimps up my PNPs


What model of cutter do you use? I have Mk 1 Scissors.


Like this http://www.matakki.com/ts/the-vintage-mk1 ?
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Rounded. I even use a corner-cutter to round the corners of cardstock mats (e.g. the races and territories in Tiny Epic Kingdoms).

Square corners don't just look unprofessional, they tend to get dinged up and look ugly.
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GeorgeMo wrote:

What model of cutter do you use? I have Mk 1 Scissors.


One really popular corner-rounder amongst hardcore PnP people is the Oregon Laminations one:

http://www.oregonlam.com/C-006-3MM_3mm_1_8_Corner_Rounder_Cu...

It's expensive, but it's awesome. I have the 3mm heavy-duty one linked above, but they do a variety of radii in regular and heavy-duty. I make things like board tiles out of 1.5-2mm greyboard with glossy photo paper and a layer of vinyl cold laminate, sometimes backed with cardstock... and this thing goes through it like it's not there and cuts fantastic rounded corners every single time.

I seem to recall that they're originally intended for clipping the corners of plastic security badges... but it's kind of telling that the intended-use selection on their website starts off with "used for counter clipping"!




I also own a couple of the "Crop-o-Dile Corner Chomper" two-sided corner cutters. These are useful because they're cheaper and therefore it's more affordable to own them in a range of radii, but they don't deal well with heavier stock. They're decent for cards, though, for those occasions when I want a different radius.




The cheapest option is the little thumb-operated ones. Again, they're OK for thinner stock, but start to struggle when they get to the thickness of home-made playing cards, and absolutely couldn't go further. Worse, they can really mangle the corner of your thing if they go wrong.
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ex1st wrote:
GeorgeMo wrote:
ex1st wrote:
Rounded. My corner cutter really pimps up my PNPs


What model of cutter do you use? I have Mk 1 Scissors.


Like this http://www.matakki.com/ts/the-vintage-mk1 ?


Wow, there really are Mk 1 scissors! wow

Bichatse wrote:

One really popular corner-rounder amongst hardcore PnP people is the Oregon Laminations one:

http://www.oregonlam.com/C-006-3MM_3mm_1_8_Corner_Rounder_Cu...
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Thank you for the helpful information.
 
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Jake mentioned it ... Crop a Dile Corner Chompers



It eliminates having to draw guidelines to cut with scissors. And I think it's faster and gives a better consistency of cuts. I managed to convince my wife that it's useful for her crafts too -- rounded corners on pictures, etc... And that's how I managed to get the $$$ ... plus a 50% coupon at AC Moore.

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Stormtower wrote:
Jake mentioned it ... Crop a Dile Corner Chompers

It eliminates having to draw guidelines to cut with scissors. And I think it's faster and gives a better consistency of cuts. I managed to convince my wife that it's useful for her crafts too -- rounded corners on pictures, etc... And that's how I managed to get the $$$ ... plus a 50% coupon at AC Moore.


Sturv, thanks for the additional information.
 
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