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Old 07-01-2010, 06:00 PM
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scalpel vs. xacto blade

I have been using an X-acto #11 blade for most of my work recently. I decided to give scalpel blades a try. I didn't realize they were so much more flexible, and I think it's going to take a while to get used to them. For those that use scalpel blades, what do you use for the handle? I stuck mine into the X-acto handle.
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Old 07-01-2010, 06:04 PM
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I also use an exacto handle, though find that many do not fit the narrower piece of metal of the scalpel and it can fall out. I do have an older one that clamps down well on it though. It took me some getting used to the scalpel vs the exacto too, but now that I am used to it I hardly use the exacto at all
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:24 PM
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I prefer the scalpel over the exacto. I use to break off part of the blade on the scalpel and fit it in an exacto holder, to lessen the flexibility of the blade, but now I use them as they are. I use disposable scalpels. They come with a green handle and a protective slide cover for the blade.
I seem to dig into the board more when I use an exacto....the flexibility of the scalpel makes me be more aware of the pressure I use and in turn that causes me to use a softer scratch.
It takes some getting use to.
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Old 07-01-2010, 10:22 PM
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I've never used a scalpel blade, but I would shure like to try one after reading this. Where can they be purchased or do you have to have a surgeon for a friend?

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Old 07-01-2010, 10:33 PM
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I'm lucky.....I have surgeon friends, RN (Wife and friends) and I work in a hospital I know you should be able to purchase them at a medical supply company or online. wish I could be more help.
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

Another source for scalpel blades, handles, etc. is a veterinary supply store - you'll get some odd looks, but it's worth it

As for scalpel vs. X-acto, I'm not in the "either/or" camp, I'm in the "it depends" camp: I really like the scalpel for fine details, hairs in shadow, and tiny boards, but I like the X-acto for general work, hairs in light, guard hairs, and larger boards. The work determines the tool.

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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

Thanks for the help Allen & Tania, I'll get my hands on them somehow. I don't think you can have too many tools, it doesn't matter what you are doing, it's always nice to have options.

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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I bought mine on e-bay, but you can find them lots of place online.
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

As for handles, I use this knife which takes scalpel blades perfectly.
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I use both an exacto blade in its holder and a scalpel blade in its holder. I bought the scalpel blade from a nearby art supplies shop. The photos show the size and how it fits into the holder. I use the scalpel blade on its side to scrape off unwanted colour. Using it this way I have noticed that it tends to leave a shiny surface on the work. Hopefully this will disappear under a thin wash of colour!!!!!
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

There is a thread in here somewhere discussing scapel blades and where you can get them. The company is havel's. ....www.havels.com. I use number 11 blade. I found a cheap set of xacto blades at Harbor Freight and one of the handles holds the scapel firm. Havels tho comes in boxes of 100 blades.
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I have a dentist in my family so I can practically shop for the exact scalpel I want. I get the size 11 and it is great because when I want thicker lines I just turn it on its back and it creates thick lines for things such as whiskers and it still creates thin lines.

However, I just recently started using the scalpel and I already prefer it over the exacto and they fit perfectly into my exacto holder which is like a screw at the top. You turn it to clamp it onto the blade.
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I LOVE the scalpel! And it really does encourage a light touch. I get mine from Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/Scalpel-Blades...8129057&sr=8-1

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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

After reading this thread I will now go hound all of my medical professional friends I always have trouble getting the really light lines for fur texture and by what has been said it sounds like the scalpel will help that.
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Re: scalpel vs. xacto blade

I buy my Scalpels at a medical Supply store, we have quite a few in town here, they usually suppy all kinds of things, like walkers, crutches, wheelchairs etc. They have a wide variety of blades to chose from and I buy them by the box of 100, for around 30.00CAD

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