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Old 03-19-2017, 03:18 PM
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Should anyone still be interested in this thread it seems that X-ACTO blades are now manufactured in China, not USA. This has been the case since Newell Brands of Atlanta, Georgia acquired Elmers.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:33 PM
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Blades made in Japan, Taiwan and US tend to be acceptable. Blades from Chinese factories made out of random scrap metal often have problems.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:24 AM
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Why not try to find medical scalpels on the internet? The blades are ridiculously cheap. Also invest in a simple whetstone - beware of very expensive high tech varieties, a normal one is a few dollars.
You will save a small fortune in blades.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:45 PM
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How about #2 blade. It’s very similar to #11 but heavy duty and it seems to me is tougher and lasts longer...

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Old 03-20-2017, 02:12 PM
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Diderick's suggestion is good.

This is precisely what I have been using for a while - cheap scalpel blades.

They do not last long, but this does not matter as they are as cheap as anything. I use them in an Olfa handle so only the tips stick out - I am wary of their brittleness!

I basically use one blade a session - 200 cost less then around 10 name brand blades! And they are super super sharp for detail work.

I also have an Olfa blade handy I use when I really need to apply pressure....
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:00 AM
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Any suggestions on how to use a whetstone and/or stropping leather for those of us not familiar with them?

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Old 03-21-2017, 10:14 AM
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The way I use the stropping leather is to put a bunch of compound on it then draw the blade along the strop with the back of the blade leading. You should try to maintain the angle of the blade bevel but don't sweat it too much. I run the blade 10 times on each side usually.

Compound with Strop made from a piece of old belt and scrap wood.
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