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Reply #8 - May 31st, 2012 at 9:57am
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The Dollar Store here in Mason has them for about a buck.
  
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Reply #7 - May 22nd, 2011 at 6:04pm
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Put "razor blade into e-bay and see what comes up.  I found a brick 400 Gillette thin blades (they are carbon steel and will snap to a point)  there was also someone that was selling packs of 100 that were stainless from Israel that were cheap, even if they will not snap to a point, they are very useful.
  
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Reply #6 - Jun 28th, 2008 at 5:51pm
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Hey Steve,

I found the double edges at rite-aid. Only a few bucks. Don't know what you have there in the way of drug stores. Every thing here is rite-aid or cvs pharmacy. They are like a walmart plague. Undecided
I like the old mom and pop stores.

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Reply #5 - Jun 28th, 2008 at 4:44pm
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Hey John. where do you get the double blade razors? I haven't seen them around here except when they cost a fortune. Maybe will be better off biting the bullet and having at it anyway.

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Reply #4 - Jun 28th, 2008 at 1:15pm
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Exupery  that sounds like a good idea I like my exacto     I will have to give this a try.   And on my exacto knifes I buy the ones that come with a cap....its flat and cant roll off the table.  jeff
  
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Reply #3 - Jun 28th, 2008 at 10:17am
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Hi Ex,

I was doing that for a while with sandpaper and a porciline cup as the strop. I think I'll get my fine stone out and start using that method again.

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Reply #2 - Jun 27th, 2008 at 12:47pm
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Have found that cutting balsa or tissue requires a really sharp knife. Bought a pack of 100 single edge blades and they are okay but lately I have gone back to using my exacto knife. Have one with a square head that prevents rolling off the board. Also, after reading how someone in Europe has used the same blade over and over for years I decided to try it. Have a nice smooth stone  (light colored, probably arkansas). Take a few swipes and then hone the edge on a leather strop and it just floats through tissue and balsa. And to think I have been buying new blades all the time! Might sharpen it several times in trimming tissue from a plane but its worth it to get such nice clean cuts.
  
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Reply #1 - Jun 16th, 2008 at 9:28am
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Hi Jeff,

I tried that method but I found something safer. Most CVS, Rite aids and such still sell the old safety razors. These are very easy to snap with a small vise and a pair of plyers. They work as well or better than disposables with out the hastle and danger of disassembly Wink.
I'll get a picture up soon.

These are what I always use for trimming tissue. Nothing is better.

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Jun 15th, 2008 at 9:43am
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For some of us this is old news ,  but for someone new might help .  I take apart disposable shaving razors and glue a scrap piece of balsa on it to make a handle   it cuts real small wood without crushing it, also good for trimming tissue.   jeff[growermn]
  
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