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Old 06-22-2003, 01:50 AM
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thinking on buying a scalpel just wondering if its worth the investment????
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Old 06-22-2003, 04:52 AM
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YES!!! I hope you mean a hobby knife.
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I tried that - the blades are too weak and tend to snap pretty easily. Just buy and exacto and you'll be happy. I don't even use the exacto much, just single edged razor blades. A LOT cheaper!
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I would stick to the hobby knife. Exacto blades never need resharpening. Just throw and replace.
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Depends on how fine of cutting you are doing and if you are using plastic or paper as well as wood.

Since I am a scale builder I use a scalpel for detailed work for cutting small parts for cockpits and such. They are much sharper than exacto blades and cuts styrene like butter, however, they do wear out quickly. The handle allows for better control when cutting complex curves and shapes on balsa, paper, or sheet styrene. I bought 5 handles and over 1000 blades for $25 at a army surplus auction in Wichita a few years ago.

Check the Web for "surplus" medical supplies and might find a good deal on blades and handels.
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I've also found them to be too weak for general modeling, but, they are great for covering. I use them in place of single edge blades now. If you use them on balsa, wear eye protection. The first time one shattered, it would have gone in my eye except I wear glasses. You can pick them up on E-bay pretty cheap.

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I have a scalpel. thy're great. they are much sharper than hobby knives. My aunt is a nurse, so she gives us stuff
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Originally posted by highflyer353535
thinking on buying a scalpel just wondering if its worth the investment????

I don't know what they cost where you are but, in the UK a scalpel handle is less than 2-00 say $3-00 , and the blades are much cheaper and sharper than the hobby knife blades and they cut covering films really well. I only use new blades for cutting my covering and then save them for building when they are no longer sharp enough for trimming film covering.!

You really need to be careful fitting and removing the blades (I use long nose pliers)!

To answer your question, IMO.... yes!!
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I have a scalpel but I prefer #11 blades.I like the point on them.I find scalpel blades break easier and dull faster.My friend prefers scalpels.They are cheap so buy both and see what you prefer.
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scalpels dull faster becaues they are sharper to begin with. if you have the right blade, they do have a point
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Highflyer,
If you have a chance to get ahold of a real surgical scalpel (like a #10 or a #15), do not use it as a general hobby knife more than once. I am a surgical nurse and we use them all the time. They are VERY sharp but get dull Very quick. They are intended as one time use only. People get hurt with them because when they start to go dull they push a little harder and then they slip and it cuts the living heck out of them. I have seen it. Stick with a hobby knife.
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I buy #11 bades and single edge razor blades by the box of 100. Never needed anything else.
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i like scalpels-mums a nurse so i get free blades!
they dont shatter if you use several light runs.
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same here. My aunt is a nurse, and we have had the scalpel for years now. They are great. The difference are they aren't made to carve rubber or maple. You have to do several lighter passes but they are great for lifting ultra fine surfaces from eachother, and are also great for covering.
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