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://
www.reddevil.com/ or this one: http://www.calibex.com. 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:
> (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?
> Liz Day
> Indiana, USA
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