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During a recent course on marquetry and inlay work at West Dean College, I was recommended the Number 3 Scalpel Handle and Number 10A Scalpel Blades for marking out and cutting of finer detail and thinner wood stock (i.e. veneer).
After a short while I found the No.3 Scalpel Handle to be the most comfortable for my personal use with the balance of weight and size just right. The specific handle model is optional as there are several sizes and shapes available and you may find another fits you better.
The handle should be held like a pen with your forefinger resting on the back of the scalpel blade and middle finger supporting the far side of the scalpel blade (away from the sharp edge). You may well need to tilt the back of the scalpel blades away from the cutting edge to ensure the very tip of the blade is cutting at the optimal position, tightly against the cutting edge.
Top Tip – The No. 10A Scalpel Blades give a long blade with a straight, pointed cutting tip for better control with finer detail work. The straight back of the blade allows for re-sharpening of the scalpel blades by rubbing the flat back of the cutting tip against a diamond sharpening stone. This scalpel blade sharpening technique reduces the need to dispose of your scalpel blades as frequently by taking the cutting tip back to meet the unused sharp cutting edge.
As far as I am concerned there is only one name in Scalpel Handles and Scalpel Blades, that being Swann Morton, the Ring Pattern Logo being a familiar site in the pen pots of many maker’s and artist’s alike. Making high quality Scalpel Handles and Scalpel Blades since the early 30’s this company holds an ethical and environmentally aware business approach.
Click the links or pictures for the best price I could find for No.3 Scalpel Handle & No.10A Scalpel Blades for home delivery: