Scalpel Blade Types

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Scalpel Blade Types
Scalpels are used during medical operations. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A scalpel blade is a small and sharp precision blade made from high-grade stainless steel or high carbon steel. Some scalpel blades are made from diamonds, ceramic or titanium. Scalpel blades can either be single-use or reusable. Reusable scalpels may have attached blades that can be resharpened or non-attached replaceable blades. Disposable scalpels are usually made up of a plastic handle with an extensile blade.

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Surgical Scalpels

Most scalpels are used for medical purposes. Such scalpels have two parts: the handle and the blade. Whereas the handles may be reusable, the blades are not and must be disposed of after each use. Surgical scalpel blades come in a variety of shapes and sizes due to their different functions. They are also different blades for the right and left hand. Different types of blades are also used to perform different operations. Some are for dissection while others are for micro-dissection.

Graphic Design and Arts Blades

These are blades commonly used for art purposes, and are known as hobby blades. Artists use various hobby blades for cutting, scoring and stencilling paper, wood, clay and wax. These blades are usually fixed in a hobby blade handle. Hobby blade handles come in a variety of sizes and quality levels. Such blades may also be used by wood carvers or bakers who may desire to enhance the detail of their work. While sharpness and material quality of the blade plays a big role in the quality of the work, with this type of blade, the quality of the final product depends on the skill of the craftsman. These blades may be reused.

Retractable Scalpels

These were first made by doctors to avoid accidents. They are scalpels that work in the same manner as a razor knife or a box cutter. These scalpels have plastic handles where the user can have the blade retracted into the handle at the press of a switch. Most of these blades are disposed of after they have been used.

Scalpel Blade Remover

A scalpel blade remover is a device that is used to remove the blade from a scalpel. This device was developed to reduce the risk that users of scalpel blades faced when removing blades by hand. A scalpel blade remover can be made of plastic or stainless steel.

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