Re: Scalpels or scalpel blades

Ed Mims

Scalpel blades are vastly superior to X-acto or other hobby knife blades. But they must be the "real thing", not a hobby knock-off. They are stiff and stay extremely sharp for much longer. The down side is the variety of shapes and sizes is limited.

Ed Mims
Jacksonville, FL

On Monday, April 20, 2015 4:28 PM, "'Jack Burgess' jack@... [STMFC]" wrote:

I use both. I won’t call the scalpels “flexible” but the blade is about .015” thick compared to the Xacto which is about .020” thick. But the scalpel does have a tendency to wander a little when used with a straightedge. On the other hand, the very tip of the blade doesn’t break off like the Xacto knife. But, I also don’t use it to score .040” styrene since it tends to wander…

Bottom line…I have yet to figure out a reason to recommend modelers purchase a scalpel…

Jack Burgess

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Subject: [STMFC] Scalpels or scalpel blades

Some of you have or do use scalpels instead of, or in addition to, hobby knives such as X-acto. Are
scalpel blades stiff or flexible?

Gene Green

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