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yumastepside
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Scalpel knives
      #341848 - 07/06/20 09:37 AM

Not really your traditional hunting knife but apparently a handy bit of gear. Anyone got any comments, good or bad, about them??
Where is the best place to buy replacement blades?
What different types of blades are available? I reckon they'd make a great " bird and trout " knife and maybe for caping.
....inquiring minds need to know....

Roger

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: yumastepside]
      #341859 - 07/06/20 12:54 PM

Scalpels are great for a lot of taxidermy work, and for skinning of feet around the claws, on heads in the ears and gums. A 90 degree (square) leading edge is also useful.(as in a broken off knife tip. Doug Klinkenbeard, taxidermist in Smithers, B.C. used a broken tipped Swedish MORA knife as his main tool for skinning and all caping. He was a marvel to watch. He liked those knifes as they got an incredible edge and were easily re-sharpened, unlike some other makes, Buck in particular.
I have no experience using anything but my Leatherman & a filleting knife on fish.

BUT - they need to be sharpened first. They are not sharp enough as received or as they are used in the OR - yet, they are. That is why some eye dr.'s are using obsidian now as it is much sharper than a scalpel. Now, the scalpel could be made sharp enough, but Dr.'s lack the expertise or understanding or skill and equipment to make them so - generally speaking, of course. IMHO.

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: Daryl_S]
      #341881 - 07/06/20 09:14 PM

I use the outdoor edge razor lite and razor pro, as my day pack knives. Just changed to the lite skimping on weight for NZ, trips.
For trips where I'm expecting a cape job a piranta is put in as well. Awesome for caping.
The lite and pro work well on buff skin and are up to the task even after doing the opening cuts.
Blades are ready available online.
heres coupe of pics cheers Mick
Piranta caping out chamois

razor pro projectile recovery pro has a fixed blade gutting as well as replaceable blade



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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: 264]
      #341883 - 07/06/20 09:39 PM

I use a simple plastic boxcutter for skinning, just trown the blade away and take the next when the red work is done. got the idea when reading they using this blades for surgery in africa.

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: 264]
      #341892 - 07/06/20 11:36 PM

I use the Outdoor Edge as well --on everything.. gutting elk, antelope, deer, bear.. doesnt matter..personally they are awesome.. buy the replacement blades that come with them.. I change them out after every elk...but on deer, you can do several before you need to change the blade..same on pronghorn.. still like a fixed blade out in the field doing ranch work but for hunting only use them any more..

https://www.outdooredge.com/collections/hunting-processing/products/razor-pro

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: Ripp]
      #341933 - 08/06/20 09:26 AM

Thanks to all for the replies, they sound like the right tool for the job.....
Mick, do you buy your replacement blades online from Australian suppliers or overseas?

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: yumastepside]
      #341934 - 08/06/20 09:45 AM

Online from Apex hunting in Mansfield. Or pick up a pack when travelling.
When you return home after using these knives a good scrub to remove meat blood hair from the blade slot is required. Otherwise blades are hard to replace . NZ customs gives these knives a thorough going over, before clearance. Cheers Mick

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: yumastepside]
      #341946 - 08/06/20 03:13 PM

For many years I used Swann-Morton English made surgeons scalpels and blades for opening up the nose, lips, and eyelids on animal capes.
These used stainless steel handles in various (numbered) sizes, and replaceable blades in a variety of shapes.
They worked extremely well for that purpose, but can be dangerous if not used very carefully, as they are supremely sharp.
In the early 90's I had a custom skinning knife made which had a second 'scalpel like' knife retained inside the handle.
It worked very well and was used to skin and cape scrub bulls, buffalo, and boars.


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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: 4seventy]
      #341949 - 08/06/20 06:41 PM

A Stanley knife or (as the Americans say) box-cutter might be the thing.

I have bought myself one of these - https://www.rolsontools.com/product/2-in-1-tradesman-knife/ - but I have not had the chance to use it yet. The blades are disposable and come in various forms (some have a hook).


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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: yumastepside]
      #342600 - 21/06/20 06:05 PM

Yuma:

Scalpels; Met App Pty Ltd in Victoria is where I got mine over 25 yrs ago. The various tools I had from them have seen a hell of a lot of use and have held up really well and were very good professional surgery grade tools. I can't recall hurting too badly on the price, you get what you pay for.

#23 size good for bigger caping jobs like ears - uses a slightly bigger handle

#11 and I think 10 from memory etc good for eyelids etc

stitch cutter for the same handle as #11 takes

I use others but the above will do 99% of hunting use.

Blades last a while, easy to resharpen rather than throw away, the above are very, very lightweight. If I need anything bigger I go to an older Puma Junior which has served well. I purchased several hundred blades and still not quite used them up because I re-sharpen them.

Get a quality stainless handle, the old plated brass/bronze ones wear and become dangerous (blade slippage).

The craft type you see I'd say are useless compared to the pro grade tools.


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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: Juglansregia]
      #342603 - 21/06/20 06:42 PM

I ended up getting some No.3 and No.4 handles from the medi supply place here in Launceston cheaper than I could buy on line, plus they stock a supply of blades.
The No.3 and blades I'll use for my leather work and the 4's I'll use for caping etc.
I have some nice strips of WA Kauri that I'm fitting to them for handles.

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: yumastepside]
      #342608 - 21/06/20 07:21 PM

I use the Havalon scalpel bladed job. Works like the others. Google them to find blade replacement places.

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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: Rule303]
      #342636 - 21/06/20 11:27 PM

Havalon blades won't fit a medical scalpel. Medical scalpels are $8 compared to $98 for a Havalon
They may be nice but I can't afford one.

Roger


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Re: Scalpel knives [Re: yumastepside]
      #342671 - 22/06/20 07:05 PM

That cost would be for the whole unit and spare blades. Mate picked up 100 blades for around $40 3 or 4 years ago.

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