I'm after some opinions or recommendations on what the best type of blades are for scratchbuilding - primarily for just cutting styrene sheets.
I've always used the trusty old no 11 blades, but recently I've been doing a lot of scratchbuilding and I'm going through these blades quite quickly. The main problem I have is the tips tend to snap quite easily and there not much use once this has happened so I'm guessing maybe a rounder blade would be better suited.
Any suggestions gratefully received, thanks and a happy new year to all.
I always use #11 Swann Morton scalpel blades in a Swann Morton scalpel handle - I like scalpel handles 'cos they dont roll around the work bench.
Never had a problem with breakage, but scratching does take a toll. I have a small oil stone on my workbench and I give the blade a bit of a sharpen when it dulls. Its a bit Micky Mouse but I am a stingey old sod. I have three scalpels on the go at any time;- one with the new blade for the serious stuff, one thats getting a bit past it for rougher stuff and a fairly blunt one for scraping and other improper uses.
I also have a #10 in an ordinary modelling knife handle which I use for 'chiseling', ie removing surface detail from a kit. Dont do any cutting with it.
I use a JLC razor saw for short cuts and for cutting rods, tubes, extrusions, etc, as it saves the scalpel and also eliminates the raised edge of a scalpel cut.