With this blade holder, you can change only the blade rather than the entire blade holder every time you need to replace your blade. This ends up being MUCH less expensive. In fact, the blade holder and one set of blades (5 in the package) will cost you only slightly more than the regular price of the Silhouette blade holder with only one blade.
Do the math!
CB09 blade holder = $8.98 US (currently)
One package of 45-degree blades = $5.15 US (currently) (contains 5 blades with springs)
Price of the Silhouette blade holder with 1 blade = $8.42 (currently)
So… for only $5.71 more, you get a better blade holder and 5 blades. Plus, these are much better blades. They last longer and cut with greater detail.
With the CB09 blade holder, you are paying $2.83 per blade for your initial purchase. Once you have your blade holder, that drops to just over $1 per blade.
Not only that … you can purchase the regular blade above (45 degree) or you can get a specialty blade for materials like vellum or vinyl (30 degree) or a deep cut blade (60 degree). Just remember that your Silhouette will always be limited to a cutting force of 210 grams. The deep cut blade will be able to cut thicker materials, but not very dense materials as those require a greater cutting force.
If you only want to use one blade type, the 45-degree blade is the general purpose one that would be similar to what you have in the regular Silhouette blade holder.
Be careful when you purchase the blades. The CB09 blade holder requires the blades to have springs. Many people have decided to choose other blades on Amazon or elsewhere and have ended up with the wrong blades. The ones I link to here are the correct blades.
None of the Amazon sellers I found would ship to Canada. If you are in Canada (or anywhere else Amazon does not ship), you can still get them on eBay. Click here for the correct products from a reputable seller on eBay. This posting includes the blade holder and 15 blades (5 x 30-degree blades), (5 x 45-degree blades) and (5 x 60-degree blades).
Once you receive your blade holder and blades, you will want to know how to assemble them. Be sure to bookmark this blog post so that you can always find it again.
The first thing you need to do is take the blade holder apart completely.
Then place the blade into the opening in the main part of the blade holder (silver). There is a magnet at the bottom that holds the blade in place.
Place the spring over the blade and let it drop onto the blade.
Place the black cap carefully over the blade and spring being careful not to hit the blade on the sides of the inner gold portion. You can see the gold portion inside the black cap below.
Screw the black cap on. This is how the blade holder looks assembled.
Twist the silver end to make the blade protrude as much as you want (see tip below).
This is how much my blade protrudes and I never have to change the physical blade setting. All I do is change the blade setting in the software. With this, vinyl weeds beautifully and all materials cut like butter. You will need to experiment a bit to get the perfect setting, but once you have the right setting, you will love your new blade holder because you will only need to change the setting in your software. You won’t have to adjust how much the blade protrudes manually.
Tip: Turn the silver end all the way to the left until the blade doesn’t protrude at all. Set your regular ratchet blade (the one that came with the machine) to the number you usually set it for patterned paper or card stock (3 or 4). Now hold the ratchet blade next to the CB09 blade holder and turn the silver end until the blade protrudes the same amount on both.
Every so often, the black cap may loosen. If your blade is not cutting, check to make sure that the black cap is screwed on all the way.
If your black cap is screwed on correctly and your blade is still not cutting, reset your blade holder completely by following the Tip above. This happened to me and I couldn’t figure out what was causing my blade to not cut for quite a while. After resetting, it worked beautifully again.
Below is a video that shows you what to do if the mechanism into which you push the blade holder is too tight.
Note that there is no fin on this blade so how you place it into the mechanism doesn’t matter.
If you do need to take the clamp off, do not stretch the mechanism. You only want to loosen it a tiny bit. If your blade holder won’t fit in, don’t force it. You don’t want to stretch the mechanism out of shape.
In this case, you will need to sand your blade holder down to fit.