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The Mat Board Cutter for Photo & Picture Framing

Alto's: Quality Mat Board Cutting Tools Since 1974


After 40+ years in business, it is time for the crew at Altoís to move on to other pursuits. We would love to see our family legacy and great tools continue into the future, so if you or anyone you know is interested in buying and running a small manufacturing company, check out our listing on, or contact Sam Albright at (800) 225-2497 or (509) 859-3574. Itís a great business opportunity!

We still have a good supply of:

  • Oval Template Sets
  • Model 90s
  • Model 30 Freehand Cutters
  • Replacement Blades, and
  • Instructional books

We are no longer taking orders online, so please call (800) 225-2497 to place your order by phone.

We are indefinitely sold out of:

  • The 4590 Professional Mat Cutting System
  • The 4501 Mat Board Cutter
  • The Model 45 Cutter
  • The Model 360 Circle Cutter

The website has about 20 of the 4501 Mat Board Cutters still in stock, so check with them.

Every photographer, artist or craftsperson should own a good mat board cutter. Alto's makes affordable, easy-to-use mat cutters that cut professional quality mats. We have been making these great tools in the USA for over 30 years and have a mat cutter to fit your needs. 

Here is a new video about matting a series of prints by the amazing photographer Alison Wright. We used the Alto's 4590 mat cutter for this project. You can follow through the whole process as Sam Albright completes the matting and framing. Here is the link to the YouTube video.

See How Easy it is to Cut a Mat!

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The 4501 and 4590 straight cutters cut 45° beveled edges with perfect corners. We also offer the Oval Template Set, the Model 360 Circle Cutter, the Model 90 T-Square Cutter and high-quality Blades for all our tools. Alto's tools are very simple to use and create perfect mats that you can be proud of.

The unique measuring system works especially well for more complex mats, like stepped corners and double mats. And we have very clear instructions and real people to talk to for any support you may need. We now only sell our products directly from our factory in Washington State. Give us a call or order here online.

Alto's 4501 Mat Board Cutting System

The Alto's 4501 is our best selling mat cutting tool. It is the original, do-it-yourself mat board cutter. First introduced in 1974, thousands of artists, photographers, designers and teachers use it to cut perfect mats for picture framing. It is by far the easiest mat cutter to use. Look at the video above to see how easy it is to cut a single mat!

    4501 Mat Cutting System

Click here for 4501 PDF Instructions                                                      Made in the USA                  

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