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Hi all    not long ago i sent for somthing off of  a well known auction site  ,this was some thermosetting plastic   .I wanted to try and mould a handle on to my scalpel   ,now the stuff i got  arrives as beads but when you put it in hot water above sixty two degrees  it changes its state from white beads  to a clear squishy lump   it only takes a few miniutes ,  then pour off the water and then mould it around the handle ,after a few mins of manipulating it starts to reset itself , then when you are happy with its shape either leave it or run it under a cold tap   and    viola!   A handle that fits perfect  and if your not happy reimerse it in hot water again and start over    its reuseable as many times as you like   .  Now im sure some of you would have other uses  for this stuff  so ill name it  ,(  please note i have no connection with this company  i just think its  its good stuff ,)  the company is called     THERMOWORX  the product is called POLYMORPH  it can be coloured  or you can buy it precoloured   and its quite cheap    i bought 100 gram bag for £5  and used just less than half to get a good handle     cheers     sticker(

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Good find Sticker

I am OK with my Swann Morton scalpel handles as they are flat which is one of the reasons I went to these and gave up on Xacto, the handles for which are round and therefore can roll.  This can be a bit treacherous should it roll off the work bench as it seems to  always falls blade first and usually right at a thigh, knee or foot.   Using this Polymorph on the Xacto handles to make it out of round or some such that it will not roll could be a useful safety thing.  

Allan 

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Hi allenyed      good call on the exacto handle i know exactly what you mean,   so thats my next job for this stuff,   i dont see a problem with it sticking to the round profile of the handle but just to be on the safe side i might file a couple of flat surfaces as insurance      cheers    sticker

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        When I was still golfing and started having problems with my grip strength, I had some extra thick grips put on my clubs.  This allowed me to maintain a firm grip on the clubs without trying to squeeze a too narrow grip.  They were recommended at that time for golfers with arthritis.  They allowed me to keep golfing for several years after that.  

        The same principal applies to my hand tools.  When you're working with sharp instuments, you need to maintain a secure grip on the tool or risk ruining your work. (or your whole day with an injury)  In some cases I just wrap the handle with some rubberized shelf liner and a rubber band as shown here.  It's a cheap yet effective solution for me.

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Some good ideas for those that prefer Xacto knives are given above.  I do like to use the Xacto  handles for keyhole and other small saw blades, otherwise, when it comes to cutting blades such as the all around Number 11, Swann Morton is far superior in a sharp cutting edge as has been reported here at MSW numerous times.    

 

Allan

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