In the Tying Tips section there is an item about using double-edged razor
blades for trimming spun deer hair bodies. It correctly notes that double
edged razor blades are sharper than single edged ones and suggests using an
X-acto knife handle to protect your dexterous digits.
A good compromise is to use surgical scalpel blades. They fit
the X-acto handle directly, are as sharp as the double-edged
blades and actually more available. Your doctor, dentist or
veterinarian can get them for you in a 12-pack. Style
#11 has a long tapered shape that makes them useful for
other critical uses also (like giving some argumentative
person a lobotomy).
There are all metal scalpel handles available for also
but they are not as comfortable to use. They are metal
so they can be autoclaved. ~ Ray Kunz
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