I recently had to write up a supply list for a card I made a while back. After looking at the card, I couldn’t tell which postage stamp edge punch I had used. It was either from EK Success, American Crafts, or Fiskars. I wasn’t sure. This led me to punching out all three to compare. I thought some of you might be curious as well.

Personally, after seeing all three side by side, I prefer the look of the EK Success punch. It’s slightly more dainty and more like the actual edge of a postage stamp. Also, it had the most smooth and solid feel when I punched the paper (I used a piece of patterned paper from BasicGrey’s Serenade 6×6 pad). That being said, I might be partial to EK because they manufacture Stampin’ Up!’s punches and those were the ones I started crafting with seven years ago. That’s a long time to be using a particular type of punch. Overall, I like the actual punched edge better on this one.

Usually the Fiskars punch is quite good as well, and I do reach for it most often, but I’ve put it through quite a bit of abuse and I think it’s on it’s last leg. It catches and doesn’t punch cleanly anymore (my fault for making it punch through tough materials). I’ve been using it regularly for 3 years so I think I got my use out of it. ;)

As for the American Crafts punch, I don’t use it as often. Not sure why? Perhaps I’ll leave it out on my desk and use it for a while so I can form an opinion about it. It’s as okay punch, and while I like the space saving storage feature of having interchangeable punch mechanisms in the base, the fact that I have to switch out the punches sometimes deters a I-have-to-see-it-to-use-it lazy crafter like myself.

What’s your favorite?