X Acto Knife Blades Nr 11 Versus Nr 2 And Others – Which One Is Best For Miniatures?

X-Acto knives: You’ve probably heard of them, but do you know why they’re a big deal in the miniature crafting universe? Well, I tend to use mostly X Acto Knife blades nr. 11 for our miniatures, and in this article, I will tell you why precisely!

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Why do I choose an X-Acto knife with number 11 blades for miniatures?

In my opinion, the No. 11 blade for an X-Acto knife is perfectly suited for the delicate work involved in dollhouse and miniature crafting, why?

On the one hand, I like the actual brand X-Acto for crafting knives, because they cut cleaner, last longer, offer a level of accuracy that matches the scale, and they have a fine tip point for the number 11 specifically, while you still have the flat long edge, helps in different situations of cutting.

You’ll also find out that no. 11 blades are able to slice through paper, cardstock, thin plastic, and softwood like balsawood, so a whole gamma of materials.

These blades even tackle delicate tasks like trimming wallpaper for a dollhouse room or shaping tiny dollhouse furniture with finesse.

To understand better what having the right X-Acto knife and blade means for crafting different things, we’ll dive into the next section.

Exploring the Variety: An Overview of different X-Acto Knife Blades

So now that you know that I mostly use a no. 11 blade for miniatures, what about using the other numbers?

X-Acto knife blades come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each assigned a number that corresponds to a specific profile and purpose.

I use my X-acto knife well!

From the sharply pointed No. 1 blade to the wide chisel edge of No. 17, there’s a blade for virtually every cut you need to make.

The lower numbers typically indicate finer, more precise blades, while higher numbers are bulkier and more suited for heavy-duty cuts.

For instance, a No. 16 scoring blade is designed for making shallow cuts and creases in paper, which is quite different from the fine detail work that the No. 11 excels at.

You can watch me use mine in my video tutorial below where I craft a pan and tiny knife from waste!

Blade Number Breakdown: Comparing X-Acto Knife Blades in Use

The number 11 blade might be my workhorse for miniature windows and tiny furniture, but for heavier textures or less delicate work, other blade numbers might be more appropriate.

In the table below, you can clearly see one X-Acto blade number versus the other numbers and what they are more suited for:

Blade Number
Blade Type
No. 1
Classic Fine Point
General purpose cutting, trimming, and scoring. Ideal for delicate, precision cuts.
No. 2
Large Fine Point
Heavy-duty cutting, slicing, and trimming. Suitable for thick materials like cardboard and foam.
No. 10
Curved blade for carving, sculpting, and trimming small areas with precision.
No. 11
Classic Fine Point
Precision cutting, detailed work, and trimming. The most popular blade for delicate dollhouse miniature work.
No. 15
Keyhole-shaped blade for intricate cuts, tight corners, and curves.
No. 16
Designed specifically for stencil work, scoring, and etching. Creates clean, precise lines.
No. 17
Light Chiseling
Ideal for light chiseling, carving, and shaping of soft materials like balsa wood and plastic.
No. 18
Heavy Chiseling
Heavy-duty chiseling, carving, and shaping of hard materials like wood and linoleum.
No. 19
Angled Wood Chiseling
Angled blade for precise chiseling, carving, and shaping of wood.
No. 22
Large Curved Carving
Large, curved blade for carving, sculpting, and shaping large-scale projects. Suitable for wood and plastic.
No. 23
Corner Stripping
Specifically designed for stripping, scraping, and shaping in tight corners and edges.
No. 24
Designed for deburring, stripping, gasket cutting, and trimming of various materials.
No. 25
Contoured Blade
Versatile blade for general cutting, carving, chiseling, and trimming of various materials.
No. 26
Designed for whittling, fine carving, and shaping of wood.
No. 27
Classic Fine Point
Longer, thinner version of the No. 11 blade for precision cutting, detailed work, and trimming.
No. 28
Concave Carving
Concave-shaped blade for carving, sculpting, and shaping concave surfaces.
No. 29
Concave Carving
Similar to No. 28 but with a different curve for carving, sculpting, and shaping concave surfaces.
No. 30
Small Angled Chiseling
Small angled blade for precise chiseling, carving, and shaping of small materials.

Something extra that I personally use as well: Introducing the Fingertip Knife from Fiskars

You’re probably curious about this nifty gadget I mention every now and then – the fingertip knife from Fiskars.

It’s essentially a mini craft knife that, you guessed it, fits on your fingertip. Think of it as the superhero sidekick to your trusty No. 11 blade.

The fingertip knife is a game-changer for me when I craft any DIY dollhouse kits.

I tend to use this knife the most for these kits because they are on a scale of 1:24, and using it with my finger, it is like it is easier for me to have control over this scale when cutting something.

Last, of course, safety should always be your top priority. Don’t forget to store your blades securely and handle them with the respect they demand!

My Final Conclusion

I really hope that the tips and insights shared here on X Acto knife blades and the one I use the most, not only make your craft more enjoyable but also help you achieve the precision and beauty you desire in your miniatures.

If you have any more questions about this topic or would you like to discuss something, please feel free to leave a comment down below in the comment section or join me on my social media channels, especially on my Youtube channel for free miniature tutorials!

I wish you happy crafting!

Kind regards,


2 thoughts on “X Acto Knife Blades Nr 11 Versus Nr 2 And Others – Which One Is Best For Miniatures?”

  1. I was fascinated by the information that you provided about the X-Acto knife. I had never heard of this knife and the great features and benefits that it has. Seems like a no-brainer investment and a “must have,” for anyone that enjoys crafting or who wants to start crafting. What a great gift for someone. Thanks


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