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Just discovered Swann Morton produce chisel blades in their range....SM61, SM62, SM61SB, SM62SB.  The SB is a single bevel. approx. 3mm and 5mm respectively....tried these and they are superb for intricate work. You will need a few as with every scalpel blade but they are well worth it. 

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They also do a round handle SF1 to SF4  depending on the length you want, which makes them a little easier to use than the standard handle if it helps.

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Available in the UK from here. scalpelsandblades.co.uk

 

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Is there a good source of these blades and handles in the United States?

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Ryland,  You only need non-sterile blades unless you are planning on a little home surgery.   Amazon has a number of different SM blades with free shipping if you are a Prime customer.  You can find them on Ebay as well.   I get them in boxes of 100 for about $25 .  I have two handles and load each with a different blade but mostly use 10A and 11, but occasionally #10 blades come in handy.   

 

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I got a life-time supply via ebay - sometimes suppliers/hospitals etc. sell off blades cheaply in their original packages of 100, when the best before date for the sterilisation has expired and they cannot be used any more in a medical context.

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There is nothing magic about  SM.  My blades are brand X.  More important is the handle.   The cheap ones do not hold the blade as well. 

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I see the blades have their own fittings that don't fit standard #3 or #4 handles.

Do they fit anything else? The fitting looks quite bit like the one used on their orange plastic 'hobby utility knife' which, IIRC, is interchangeable with Xacto blades/handles.

 

It would be handy if they fit something already in my toolbox!

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9 minutes ago, Tim Murphy said:

The worst blades are E-xato blades. Your lucky if they hold a edge for two cuts.

Tim, I know what you mean. But, since I have a couple of Xacto handles, I was wondering if the SM chisel blades would fit them.

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11 hours ago, Tim Murphy said:

The worst blades are E-xato blades. Your lucky if they hold a edge for two cuts. Excel blades are better. I will look and try SM. Thanks for the info!

Tim

True, but I've never had one break on me like surgical scalpel blades are won't to do. There is an advantage to the heavier gauge metal of hobby knife blades. By the way, surgeons will generally only make a couple of cuts with a scalpel before exchanging it for a new sharp one. Scalpels aren't designed to hold their really sharp edges for any more than about that.

 

It's odd, but nobody's mentioned sharpening hobby knife blades. A fine sharpening stone, or a leather or MDF stropping wheel charged with green polishing abrasive, or even some fine sandpaper, will put a new razor-sharp edge on a hobby knife blade in seconds. I have a very old Arkansas sharpening stone which was designed for sharpening old fashioned straight razors. I use it to keep a sharp edge on my hobby knives. It works fine.

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Shipman,

 

Thanks for the heads-up.

 

Supatool Retractable Handle Swann Morton 1459

...from .... https://www.scalpelsandblades.co.uk/range_23_swann-morton-supatool-blades-and-handles.php

 

You and Bob are right that the standard SM blades can be a bit fragile.

 

They also can be a bit dangerous if left lying around, when fitting a blade (I use pliers) , and removing the old blade (I use the SM 'box').

 

Richard

 

Edit: the Supatool may also be called the 'industrial handle' in the UK? ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Swann-Morton-Retractable-Industrial-Handle-Fitting/dp/B007Q3ZT6E/ref=pd_sbs_6?pd_rd_w=mtyOc&pf_rd_p=fbd048ad-ab90-4647-94dd-974b91bedef1&pf_rd_r=C6WXGKWB9JXCEHNCDXWG&pd_rd_r=1ada9340-d2e7-4901-a964-a6440851b422&pd_rd_wg=XPoxO&pd_rd_i=B007Q3ZT6E&psc=1

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3 hours ago, Bob Cleek said:

True, but I've never had one break on me like surgical scalpel blades are won't to do. There is an advantage to the heavier gauge metal of hobby knife blades. By the way, surgeons will generally only make a couple of cuts with a scalpel before exchanging it for a new sharp one. Scalpels aren't designed to hold their really sharp edges for any more than about that.

 

It's odd, but nobody's mentioned sharpening hobby knife blades. A fine sharpening stone, or a leather or MDF stropping wheel charged with green polishing abrasive, or even some fine sandpaper, will put a new razor-sharp edge on a hobby knife blade in seconds. I have a very old Arkansas sharpening stone which was designed for sharpening old fashioned straight razors. I use it to keep a sharp edge on my hobby knives. It works fine.

Sharpening works quite well when using the sandpaper tools delivered by proxxon.  I got both needles and blades  sharp enough .  There is also a rotating sharpening stone available by proxxon I usually start with the blades.

Clark 

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