KNK Zing Air Review

The KNK Zing Air is a robust and strong machine. With 750 grams of cutting force, it’s over 3 times stronger than the Silhouette Cameo, and it has a 14-inch cutting width. This machine is quite versatile. It can not only cut and draw, but score, emboss, engrave and pierce. The precision of this machine is outstanding. Users are able to cut intricate tiny snowflakes only several millimeters wide. The KNK Zing Air is rugged and made almost entirely from high-quality metal. Expect this machine to last a very long time.

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Design and features

The KNK Zing air is surprisingly compact, considering it has a 14″ cutting width. The machine is less than 2 feet wide, 4.75″ tall, and 6.25″ deep. In some aspects, it’s more simplistic compared to other machines. For example, there’s no button to automatically load and unload the cutting mat. The mat must be manually fed into the machine before you start. The blade holders don’t have any “fixed” settings. These little things may seem like a hassle if you’re used to more plug and play type machines, but there is something to say about simplicity. The user has more control over the machine.

Here are some key features:

  • Wireless Bluetooth – forget about cluttered wires.
  • Print and cut with laser alignment.
  • Bundled with Make The Cut software allowing for custom designs.
  • ZingSpeak – all controls can be voice controlled.
  • Hold 12″ and 4″ vinyl without the need of a cutting mat.

Check out the demo of the KNK Zing in action:


Here are some of the materials the KNK Zing Air can cut:

  • vinyl
  • cardstock
  • fabric
  • felt
  • leather
  • magnet
  • thin chipboard
  • rhinestone rubber
  • craft plastic
  • balsawood (1/16″)

Using the machine

The machine itself is simple, but like all machines, it takes some practice. You do have a lot of control over the KNK Zing, but with more control comes more learning. One drawback of the Zing in particular, is that it doesn’t have a pause button. If you wish to stop cutting, you have to flip the power switch.


The machine comes with two types of blades, a regular cut blade and a deep cut blade for cutting thicker materials. They are both color coated to tell them apart. It also comes with a test pen to help you practice before you cut. This machine is so precise, you can cut tiny detailed designs only millimeters thick without any tearing or rough edges. The blade must be adjusted manually. There are no numbers or “clicks” on the blade. You simply turn it to increase or decrease the depth. Not everyone likes this, as you have to figure out the blade depth each time you cut a different material, which may be frustrating.

Print and Cut

The Print and Cut feature is excellent. The machine has laser technology for alignment. The blade starting position can be precisely set manually, so you can be sure it will cut right every time. The Print and Cut feature cuts designs without leaving any unwanted edges. It’s really impressive.


What’s also neat about the Zing is that you can attach your own drawing pens or markers. Some other machines require you to purchase specific pens and markers, but not the Zing. You can experiment with ballpoint pens, glitter pens, pencils, permanent markers, and more.


To emboss, the KNK embossing tool is required. The tool may seem pricey at $35, but you don’t have to buy a separate embossing machine or dies. The embossing tool has two embossing balls at either end. One end is for embossing paper and cardstock, and the other end is for making creases.

KNK Zing embossing tool
KNK Zing embossing tool


Like the embossing tool, you’ll need the KNK engraving tool if you wish to engrave. The diamond tip engraving tool will engrave vellum, foils, acrylic, and most metals, including trophy labels, dog tags, and jewelry charms.

KNK engraving tool
KNK Zing engraving tool

Make The Cut software

The KNK Zing uses Make the Cut software, which allows you to create your own designs or download them. The software is also compatible with Mac.

The software doesn’t physically come with the KNK Zing with purchase, but you will receive an activation code, allowing you to download the software without making additional payments.

You can import a variety of files into the software, including any GSD, WPC, AI9, PS, EPS, SVG, TTF, OTF, PDF or SCUT File. The Zing also cuts from Artistic Suite. If you’re not importing files, use can use convert raster images (PNG, GIF, JPG, etc.) to cuttables.


KNK support is second to none. The staff is extremely helpful and actually enjoy helping you. They answer emails, phone calls, and reply to message boards. If you have a question about cutting a material, they will even offer to cut the material for you before you even purchase the machine, and even record a video of it. That is service!

There is a wealth of information online, including a very helpful interactive online manual and online support groups to get help and share project ideas.

Overall Review

The KNK Zing Air is a versatile machine, being able to not only cut a wide range of materials, but be able to draw, emboss, and engrave. This opens up whole new possibilities beyond scrapbooks and home decor. The machine is well constructed and will last a long time. One of the biggest downsides to the machine is the learning curve, particularly with adjusting the blade and learning the Make The Cut software. This is not a “plug and play” machine, but if you are patient, it can do a lot.

Have questions? Leave a comment. We would love to hear from you!

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13 thoughts on “KNK Zing Air Review”

  1. Hi, I am thinking about buying the knk zing air. I don’t know anyone that has one of these machines. I have seen good and bad reviews on Amazon. I have a Silhouette and a Cricut air. I am happy with both but the Silhouette doesn’t have the ability to cut thicker items, and Cricut software is not easy to bring in SVGs and trace items easily. The KNK Zing Air looks like it would solve all the problems.

    I have read that the adjustment of the blade is difficult, if the machine has to go back for warranty service you have to pay shipping both ways.

    I would like to hear from other people that used the machine and have had other machines and their feelings. Trying to make a wise decision.

    • I purchased the machine with the hopes that I could do everything listed here & not be bound by cartridges or limits on thicknesses. It worked great for the first few cuts, then it did a crazy diagonal cut in the middle of one of my designs & knocked the cutting cartridge into the housing of the unit. When I contacted the company they told me it was because I had a Mac & the Macs didn’t handle the data well. They told me I needed to use the data throttling feature to slow down the info being transferred. So I did this, but now my cutter cartridge appears to be bent. When I contacted them they offered to repair it (because it was still under warranty), but I would have to pay for shipping both ways, or they could send me the part & I would have to install it myself (hoping there weren’t any other problems caused by this). I asked them what’s to stop this from happening again & they said nothing. I asked them what they would do if it happens outside of warranty & the answer was also nothing. I’ve asked to speak with a supervisor to see if there is anyone at the company who will stand behind their product-considering how expensive it was & that they claim compatibility with Macs, and to date no one has gotten back to me yet. I’m VERY disappointed & would strongly recommend against any Mac users buying the machines from this company.

      • crap! Im a mac user and was definitely considering this machine. Maybe i can just get a good PC and make it work even though its more money.

      • Sad to hear that it’s not Mac friendly. Aren’t Macs the artist’s choice? I have zero patience for companies trying to use that excuse on Mac users. Look on every college campus and that tells you the future of Mac vs PC!

        Can you give an current update? Did you send it back or change the part yourself? If shipped, how much was shipping?

  2. I recently started a business which consists of inspirational thoughts. I want to be able to include my thoughts on totes, tee-shirts etc. Would this machine help with that.

  3. Afternoon,
    I’ve been considering purchasing a computerised cutting machine for cutting out infant and toddler patterns for sewing. Do you think machine would be able to be used for this? If I used the software and designed the pattern, could I then cut my material on its fold or would it have to be a single layer? How do you go about cutting fabric? Would you require to “glue” the fabric down like other machines?
    Thanks Nicole

    • Hi Nicole, the KNK Zing Air will be able to cut fabric. To cut fabric, you will need to make sure it is stabilized. This means making sure the fabric won’t move around while being cut. To do this, you’ll need to have a very sticky mat, or use some type of adhesive before hand. There are also contact paper or iron-on freezer paper designed for this purpose.

  4. I’m thinking about purchasing the KNK Orbit. First of all do I need to purchase the software if I already work in Illustrator? Second, what other supplies should I get if I want to use it for making stencils for etching, just as a beginning? And lastly, will it engrave on metal for jewelry making?

    • Hi Shannon – Yes, you’ll need to have some type of die cutting software to be able to cut your designs. You can create your designs in Illustrator, but you’ll need to import the file into software that can talk to the machine.

      For tools, you’ll probably want a weeding tool. There are lots of different kinds of tools people use for weeding. Some people use X-Acto knives, dental tools, tweezers, and all sorts of things. Most companies that sell machines like Cricut and Silhouette also sell weeders. A lot of people like the Pin Pen (

      Another tool you’ll want is something to clean your mat with. Cricut sells scrappers but you can try an old credit card or something too if needed.

      As for engraving jewelry with the KNK Zing, it all depends on what you want. To give you an idea, Sandy has some pictures of engravings on her website You won’t be getting a deep engraving if that’s what you want.

  5. I’m considering purchasing a machine to cut mylar of different thicknesses, i currently offer stencils cut on an engraving machine from .025″ thick plastic but mylar is much less expensive. i’m not totally happy with my results on my engraving machine so am starting to research other machines for mylar. how smooth a cut does this machine do on say 7mil mylar?

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