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Kathleen Garness <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 9 Feb 2011 22:56:51 -0600
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Liz, mine always came in a plain white cardboard box; I would pick  
them up at Flax, back in the day. They had dull corners too. : /

A trick another commercial artist showed me was to take a pliers to  
the corner just below the notch on one of the short ends, and twist  
them sharply to the side, clipping off a narrow piece. Always (well  
most always!) resulted in a nice sharp point that we most often used  
for cutting friskets - Even sharper than the Xacto blade points.

Was the brand you used called "red devil"? Try this website:  http://  or this one: Note some of  
the really insane prices for some of the utility knife blades? : )


On Feb 9, 2011, at 10:25 PM, Liz Day wrote:

> Greetings...
> (been out of commission a while)
> In December, I went to the local art supply store (Bates) to  
> restock on single-edge razor blades, and bought a box of 100 as usual.
> After using a few, I realized to my surprise that they were dull.   
> It's not the brand I had normally been getting (in a red & black  
> box - why didn't I save it?).  Bates ordered me some from X-acto.  
> Those, too, were pretty dull.  Apparently, few people use them  
> anymore.  (??)
> I didn't realize that this basic tool, which I carry everywhere in  
> lieu of a knife, was going extinct.
> :-(
> Does anyone know what brand used to come in a red and black box?
> Or what kind you use that are sharp?
> ack...
> thanks,
> Liz Day
> Indiana, USA
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