MemberMarch 2, 2021 at 5:38 pm
OK, maybe a bit of a random question, but what type of knife do you all use?
I always used a swan Morton scalpel. You know the sort of surgical knife?
Anyway, I started using an Olfa knife and I am beginning to like it. but where do you buy your blades from and what sort of price should I be looking to pay?
Also, while I am here, is there a good or bad heat gun choice? or do they all do the same thing at the end of the day?
AdministratorMarch 2, 2021 at 9:06 pm
MemberMarch 3, 2021 at 7:28 am
MemberMarch 3, 2021 at 7:33 am
Could have been a surgeon only I never had the patients 🤣🤣 i like that
MemberMarch 3, 2021 at 10:16 am
MemberMarch 3, 2021 at 11:36 am
A dozen or so S&M #3’s, with 10A blades for the majority. Olfa 9mm with ABB-50 black blades in my back pocket, particularly good for cutting work off the little graphtec, and general opening of stuff. Not so good when pulling wallet out in the pub (remember pubs?). I find the Olfa blades don’t give the same precise control as the scalpel.
Oh, and blunty boxes placed all around the workshop.
Just need a decent holder for the scalpels.
AdministratorMarch 3, 2021 at 12:20 pm
I did use Swan-Morton knives in the past but found our guys always having accidents with them. I stopped using them and went to a Stanley knife for everything!
Went to Grafityp in Birmingham once and was given a brand new knife to use during a wrap install, and yes, you guessed it, I stuck at least an inch of the blade into my ar$e!
They did offer to take me to the hospital right away, but I declined as i would have missed my train home. the blood was actually running down my leg and out onto my training shoes. not one of my proudest moments. anyway, that was the end of Swan-Morton for me!
MemberMarch 4, 2021 at 1:26 pm
i think we have all been there. 😳
MemberMarch 22, 2021 at 5:12 pm
Did they take the picture before telling you, or tell you and then ask for a picture??
The scalpels are lethal but I do prefer them, much easier for trimming letter edges etc than trying to navigate a chunky Stanley around tight corners.
MemberMarch 3, 2021 at 12:23 pm
I’m too tight to bleed now, just a puff of gas comes out
MemberMarch 4, 2021 at 11:31 am
Thank you for the replies so far guys. So I am not out of the loop on my current choice of scalpel, by the looks of it! 🙂
Thanks Kevin. I looked that gun up and it comes in at about £90.00 is it really worth that?
What does it do different that makes you want to stick with that one?
MemberMarch 4, 2021 at 11:59 am
I’ve found during a wrap installation, some of the cheaper ones have burned out quite quickly after extended periods of post heating, even some of the heftier 2 kilowatt ones. The steinel ones with the laser attachment have never let me down. Not worth the money if you’re not wrapping on a regular basis though, a £30 bosch one is fine for day to day use
MemberMarch 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm
MemberMarch 5, 2021 at 12:58 am
SM retractable…the one with the steel shank (blue version), and 10A blades.
Heat Gun…trusty old 2kw Black and Decker variable heat. Tough as old boots…dropped a million times and just keeps going.
MemberMarch 7, 2021 at 11:34 pm
I think a “retractable” ANY knife has to be better than a permanently open knife!
Safety-first and all that…
Personally, I cant see by the simplicity of an Olfa. from how it feels in your hand to how easy a blade is to change. Plus it holds multiple blades at a time.
Heat Gun wise, I think it depends on what you do. if your a sign maker then most guns OK. the cheaper tend to burn out or break the fastest. If you are using a heat gun all day every day i would certainly look and the more solid guns like Steinel.
For me, a Bosch does the trick just fine. had my gun ages now and still going strong.
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