A handy tool my Wifey brought home.

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A handy tool my Wifey brought home.

Joined: September 19th, 2003, 1:22 am

July 27th, 2006, 1:29 am #1

My Wife who works as a Vetrinary Technician has access to all sorts of goodies which she regularly brings home to me...all legal of course.
Today she brought home some samples of a new tool that were delivered to the clinic by a salesman. The Vetrinarian had no use for them so my wife appropriated them for me.

It is a miniature scalpel used in eye surgeries. The official name is Ophthalmic Scalpel with the trade name of Micro Feather. It is a angled surgical steel 3mm pan shaped blade on a Aluminum 4" handle. As expected sharp as a dickens and of course I proceeded to cut myself, thankfully just out of the pack so still sterile!. Anyway I tested it out on some surface detail and have to say it's brilliant! I have several different micro chisels and this thing does the job much better and cleaner. I wouldn't want to do anything overly heavy or thick but for general surface detail it works great. I also tried it on some resing stuff and it cuts like butter. I imagine they would work well on reshaping and cleaning up figures as well.
I was lucky enough to get 10 scalpels so they should last awhile. I don't know how much they cost but if they are reasonable you may want to see if you can pick a box up.

Sean

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Joined: September 19th, 2003, 1:22 am

Never mind

July 27th, 2006, 9:51 am #2

I just out these things cost 145.00U.S. for a box of 5. No wonder health care for pets and humans costs so damn much.
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Joined: April 18th, 2005, 11:44 pm

It's OK

July 27th, 2006, 11:53 am #3

At 29 bucks for a tool that can restore the eyesight to a beloved family member,I can handle that.It's not like a simple band-aid.
Way too much dinero for a modeling tool of that type though! LOL!
Enjoy 'em if you got 'em!
Rick
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Joined: August 12th, 2004, 3:14 pm

yeah but

July 27th, 2006, 6:53 pm #4

if its a grab handler you will spring the $29
DAVID NICKELS
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Joined: February 9th, 2005, 1:47 am

Whoa! Not so quick there . . .

August 2nd, 2006, 1:41 pm #5

I just out these things cost 145.00U.S. for a box of 5. No wonder health care for pets and humans costs so damn much.
. . . pard! A friend of mine in Australia uses these things to do some fine work on rigging 1/72nd scale WWI a/c and 1/700 scale ships. Seems these things are much, much cheaper overseas. At least in Australia. A modeling friend of mine in Argentina says that scalpel blades there are dirt cheap, but #11 x-acto blades are through the roof. Seems that in Argie land they tax the daylights out of hobby materials, but anything associated with health care is somewhat of a "hands-off" affair. Maybe you could cultivate some overseas friends to see about finding some of them for you. (I send my Argie friend some #11 blades every once in a great while just to keep him stocked up. This started when I threw a pack into a kit I was sending him as an afterthought. He was thrilled, saying down there the blades would have cost more than the kit!)

HTH,

Warren
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