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Old 03-20-2017, 03:22 AM
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excel blades are crap

If anyone from Excel keeps up with modelers and reads forums and I hope you do, then I got some news for you.

Your #11 blades are crap.

Ordinary 2mm grey cardboard, one 24" long cut.

6 passes and 2 blades.

1st pass and the blade ended up as sharp as a tennis ball.

The blade ended up pushing fibers in front of itself making an untidy cut.

Seriously?

I just thank God Excel don't make shaving blades.

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:42 AM
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Tend to agree

Changed to Swann-Morton some years ago

Though I do find, quality of card does play a role

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Old 03-20-2017, 11:48 AM
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I agree with Tim
Been using Swann-Morton for years and swear by them, not at them
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:00 PM
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Cheers for the advise boys, I'll hunt me down some of them S/M blades.

I thought about the card being responsible but I purchased that card form Modelik.

I got them to send me an assortment of proper model making card as I was unable to purchase similar here in Tasmania.

So it is the card that Polish modelers use and we have all seen what they can do with it.

It must be the blades I'm afraid.

I'm using a Kaisercraft self healing cutting mat so I ruled that out also.

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Maybe Excel blades are now being made in an inferior manner like X-acto blades because the ones I bought a while back and use are good. I do strop them when using them to keep a keen edge and use a cutting mat that is more suited for hobby knife blades.
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X-Acto Z blades

I just opened a new pack of X-Acto Z blades that I acquired a year ago. They stink. The tips bend and curl(!) and break off. They do an edge pretty well but you never know where that edge is going to be.

They should come packaged with a handy list of expletives. I have 200 of these turkeys and I might just pitch them all.
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I just opened a new pack of X-Acto Z blades that I acquired a year ago. They stink. The tips bend and curl(!) and break off. They do an edge pretty well but you never know where that edge is going to be.

They should come packaged with a handy list of expletives. I have 200 of these turkeys and I might just pitch them all.
Don't throw them out! Mail them to me Maybe I could trade you something?
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But why would you wanna use #11 on 2 mm card stock...? Blades might be of inferior quality, I donít question that, but I would never use #11 to cut anything thicker than .2 mm paper. For thicker card stock you should pick something heavy duty... just like those guys in Poland do...

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Old 03-20-2017, 10:21 PM
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Yes indeed Darter your turn for a searching question,
Been watching the threads on No.11 blades.
Can you or anyone else explain why folk even try to use such blades to cut thick card when vastly more ergonomically efficient weapons systems exist for that purpose.
After all picture framers who regularly use thick card are taught to use "proper" knives.
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Old 03-21-2017, 04:24 AM
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Well yes, I can explain without searching, why folks, I guess thats me, might use thin #11 blades to cut 2mm thick card.

The answer is so simple.

Normally I'd use a blade more suitable such as my box cutter on 2mm card, just like the ones in Looker's attached picture and probably the same as they use in Poland.

However there are times when the box cutter is not suitable.

I needed to cut some 2mm wide strips of 2mm card to make some 2mm square fence posts.

Not a bloody picture frame.

The heavier blades are too thick and caused the narrow card strip to become deformed making it unusable.

So it was necessary to gently cut with a thin #11.

By the way, I've been building wooden models including ships for 40 years and rarely used anything else but a #11 and I rarely have to change them due to not cutting anymore.

Perhaps I could buy a laser cutter with all the money I've saved building paper models rather than wood, metal and plastic.

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