Back in 2017 Vicky and Amanda did a basic test of Logan Graphic Products’ FoamWerks foam tools, but that was for Worbla: two years later and we now carry both L200 and LED foam in our store, along with EVA foam, so it was time to give their products a second look. In the meantime, Logan Graphic created a set of tools from their line specifically aimed at Cosplayers, called CosTools. These are various bladed products designed for cutting and shaping foam, perfect for a wide range of projects.
We already know that the CosTools set would work well on EVA foam, but we wanted to see how it would handle the softer L200, which can stretch and tear when cutting. Short answer: the CosWorks tools work great as long as you account for thickness. Amanda’s full writeup is below!
First up: XTD30 COS-Tools Knife
From their website: “Hand held adjustable depth utility knife with snap off blade and solid locking mechanism for consistent depth settings.”
It’s pretty much what it says on the tin: this is a solid, durable utility knife with great blades. It cut through our foam in all thicknesses without issue. Like any blade, it will dull with use, but we had no issue honing it with some butcher’s paper. Like most standard utility blades, the CosTools knife blade comes pre-scored, so you can break off the dulled edge to work with the length of the blade. (I will say the blades feel a lot more durable than ones I have used from other brands – they may be a touch thicker – and the handle is a rugged plastic I don’t expect will crack under pressure the way I have had cheap utility knives do in the past.)
COS-Tools Freestyle Cutter
From their website: “Cut freeform shapes in suitable Cosplay materials with this innovative push-style cutter. Easy to use, just insert the blade into the board and push to follow the desired shape. Features ergonomic handle, on-board blade storage compartment, blade safety shield and two blades.”
I love the idea of a push cutter: it allows you to create curved shapes with a lot more control than a utility blade, especially for tight and small curves. I also have issues with grip, and find the Freestyle Cutter a lot easier on my hands than a standard knife. The Freestyle cutter worked excellently for our 1/4 inch LED and L200 foam, but the blade was not deep enough for our 1/2 inch L200 foam.
COS-Tools Straight/Bevel Cutter
From their website: “Economy and versatility combine in the COS-Tools Straight/Bevel Cutter. Simply rotate the angled base block and the model XTC6010 COS-Tools Straight/Bevel Cutter transforms from a 90 degree straight cutter to a 45 degree bevel cutter. For use on suitable Cosplay materials up to 3/16” thick.”
This is such a great way to create bevels, I’m absolutely going to be using this on my next build. Interestingly the website specifications state that it maxes out at 3/16 of an inch, but we had no issue cutting through our 1/4 inch foam in both the L200 and LED foam types. I was also able to use the cutter on our 1/2 inch L200 foam: it works perfectly as a straight edge. As a beveled edge it sometimes misses just a hairs bredth of the foam, when cutting, but it was easy to just tug to separate the pieces cleanly.
COS-Tools Straight Cutter
From their website: “Cut perfect 90 degree straight edges on any depth of suitable Cosplay materials up to 1/2″. The COS-Tools Straight Cutter features adjustable blade depth, quick change blade clip, magnetic blade slot, on-board blade storage drawer and five blades.Use with FoamWerks Channel Rail, Logan Adapt-A-Rule or Team System.”
If you struggle with cutting straight lines, especially if you find you wobble or your blade skips over your ruler, this is a great alternate. The Cos-Tools Straight Cutter can hook onto the ‘rail’ of their Channel Rail ruler, which prevents the blade from shifting or skipping on you. You can control the depth of the cut with a dial, and it works well with both our 1/4 inch foams and our 1/2 inch foam.
COS-Tools V-Groove Cutter
From their website: “Cuts V-grooves in suitable Cosplay materials to perfection using the COS-Tools V-Groove Cutter. Features include adjustable blade depth, quick change blade clips, magnetic blade slot, on-board blade storage drawer and six extra blades. Use with COS-Tools XT3001 Channel Rail, Logan Adapt-A-Rule or Team System.”
This tool features two blades designed to cut a V shaped groove into (or out of) your material. The results were mixed, but we an absolutely see use with this tool and our foam.
On our 1/4 inch L200 foam, the V Groove cutter isn’t capable of cutting grooves into a flat sheet of foam: when we attempted with shallower depths the blades just tore the foam, likely because it wants to stretch. It did, however, cut out bevels and trapezoids with ease, creating pieces that could quickly be used for detail and trim in uniform shapes.
On our 1/4 inch LED foam, the V-Groove cutter had no issues cutting any thickness.
On our 1/2 inch foam, the cutter can create grooves, but they do have some noticeable tearing and are not completely clean, so they need some tidying up before you can use either the cut outs or the grooved foam. We used the channel rail to keep the cuts straight.
COS-Tools Circle Cutter
From their website: “Cut perfect circles from 1″ to 6″ diameters in suitable Cosplay materials. Center depth indicator shows blade progression for suitable material thickness up to 1/2″. Features dual inch/metric rail, centering pin, magnetic blade slot and clear acrylic safety dome.”
This is a super straightforward tool that will cut perfect circles out of our 1/4 and 1/2 foam. You can mark out the diameter easily, and the top dial helps you keep track of depth. Super straightforward and great for a quick way of making perfect circles.
Up last: COS-Tools Hole Drill
From the website: “Drill perfect holes in suitable Cosplay material using one of three interchangeable quick-change drill tips included.
Choose 3/4″, 1/2″ and 0.28″ diameters. The COS-Tools Hole Drill works suitable Cosplay material up to 3/16” thick.”
If you need to create either perfect small circle cutouts for details or perfect holes for lacing, these tools are super straightforward and create clean cuts every time. The tool is a handle with a guard, and in the middle you can switch out the blades for whatever size you need. The handle has a push button at the top to push the foam core out of the blade.
Despite the sizing mentioned on their website, we had no issue cutting through both 1/4 and 1/2 inch foam!
So there you have it! If you were curious about Cos-Tools and our L200 foam, we’d genuinely recommend them so long as you account for the thickness of the foam and what you need for your project! Thanks again to Logan Graphic Products for supplying a set of Cos-Tools for us to test out.