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I just came across a new shape (to me) scalpel handle. I like to use scalpel blades in modeling and have tried different handles. I never liked the fat ergonomic ones. This is a number 3. It feels like an xacto handle. The best part its only 4.99 on eBay. An xacto feels like a natural extension of my hand after so many years.    KurtB26E041C-89E7-4139-9429-35AE0D616B9B.thumb.jpeg.4a0b5e57964cc5445c78c6d583127d14.jpeg

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That is a nice looking knife handle. If you ever buy the flat surgical handles look for the ones made by Bard Parker. They are head and shoulders better than the ones made in India. The blades fit much better with much less wiggle and they are made of much harder material that holds up better. I have some that I have been using for 35 years and they are like the day I got them.

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20 hours ago, druxey said:

I was gifted a Bard Parker style handle some years ago that has a lovely balance. Google:

 

Bard Parker 371070 Scalpel Handle Size 7

I have used scalpels vs Exacto for many years.  I went to the #7 handle at the recommendation of Toni Levine.  Swann-Morton.

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Just an update on the scalple handle after using it a little bit I think its garbage. It looks cool but thats about it. The rear portion screws off, which it does by itself. It’s more cheaply made than a standard XActo. I did get the Bard Parker 371070. It is nice but it should be for a real scalple. They go for over $100 when new. Mine’s not, so $10 isn’t too bad. It will take a while to get used to the  thinness where you hold it. As intended there would be no resistence when using so a very light touch would be fine. Using on wood, etc, I’m not sure yet how comfortable it would be trying to hold it more firmly. I guess you could put tape or silicone tubing where your thumb and forefinger would go. We’ll see.

 

Kurt

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I would never consider using a scalpel for heavy duty work.  The blades are designed to incise flesh, not wood or plastic.  They also cannot be resharpened the way an Xacto can.  For myself, I find the #7 handle superior to the more typical #3 handle.  I have a small hand and this handle allows me to grip the handle with my fingers almost completely extended, allowing me to look over my fingers to the workpiece more easily.

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I have a couple of knives that I use for chip carving that I've found to be very handy in shipbuilding. These are full tang M2 steel hardened to Rc 58-59.

They have very thin tangs (.040) and hollow ground. A standard knife and a modified knife (Thinner) Extremely sharp and can stoned/honed to keep their edge.

 

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I bought a couple of scalpel handles at the weekend from a Boot fair. I paid one pound for the two!

One is an early and barely used Swann Morton and the other is a Paragon with the metric scale up one side.  Both Made In England it proudly states.

Otherwise I use home made knives ground from old table knives or one of a plethora of aluminium craft knives that I have been bought in sets. Failing that there's always the good old Stanley knife, which some people call box cutters.  Beyond that...band saw!

 

Martin

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In the past, I made a set of small knives from old hacksaw blades. It's really not so hard to make them. The steel is quite good enough for this purpose and they can be readily sharpened, and the blade and handle shapes can be easily customized to suit the purpose and the hand.  A heavier blade can be made from a reciprocating saw blade, or even heavier yet from power hacksaw blade.   

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