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Random Thought - Scalpels

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by chris_r, 7 May 2006.

  1. chris_r

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    Hey guys,

    I was talking to my mum and my aunt has to get an op, while i awake and it got me thinking, i'd be pooping myself getting an op, nevermind getting one while awake.

    Anyway, they seem to tear/cut the skin with scalpels and whenever i have seen them on TV, they look like they don't even push the blade againstthe skin at all.

    How sharp are they and do they hurt, aspecially while being awake. I know this is a bit random, but i would love an answer. Best of luck to my aunt too, who his having a few things replaced.
     
  2. Mic

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    Scalperls are extremely sharp, i use them for model making and beleive me, you do not want to slip while using them.
     
  3. iCraig

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    Whenever a scalpel is involved, I'm sure you would be under some type of anaesthetic, so how much it hurts can't really be answered.

    As for being sharp, yes.. very sharp. They need to make accurate incisions, and they can't do that with a blunt object.
     
  4. Rich1988

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    there as sharp as razer blades, mainly because there so thin, the bevel is so fine because they are disposable because thin bevelled blades break easily, they are as sharp as you think :p
     
  5. chris_r

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    Are the model making ones the same as medical ones? I have no plans of using one, i hate sharp objects, i have an habit of cutting my bread in half rather then triangles.
     
  6. iCraig

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    Medical scalpels might be made of a more sterile material, I don't know.

    Either way, scalpels are very sharp instruments.
     
  7. Mic

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    Id say they would be the same kind of thing. But im sure the medical ones meet certain guidlines for metal used/how they are cleaned etc.
     
  8. Mr Joshua

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    Same here and they hurt like any other razor blade when you slip!
     
  9. KaHn

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    Scalpals arent generally cleaned, they have been made to be disposable now.

    KaHn
     
  10. chris_r

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    Personal expierence? ouch

    Scalpels is an instrument i wont be learning to play
     
  11. Mic

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    Ah so they are the same as mine. It uses disposable heads, but the handle is steel. And its got a bit of weight to ot
     
  12. chris_r

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    I decided to Google a bit, i quickly learnt the modeling ones are practicly the same only the medical ones have a flat grip where has modeling ones may have a 'hand friendly grip'

    Also, it's good are are disposable, the thought of using a second, third etc used one makes me cringe cleaned or not
     
  13. Mic

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    Edit:
    *ignore*
     
  14. Jet

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    Well, i slipped once when fooling around with my dads scalpel and as the thing sliced through my finger I didn't feel a thing. The blade was too fine. Hurt like hell in a few minutes and it took a while for the blood to stop.
     
  15. Rich1988

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    could you cut a man cleanly in half with a scapel, I mean samurai sword.?
     
  16. PikeyPriest

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    They are very sharp. I`m not sure how but i managed 2 years of dissection without cutting myself :D . They are extremely easy to put through anything apart from bone really. Very little pressure is needed to pierce the skin.

    How you use scalpels in model making? Is it to clear the bur (sp?) on the edges?

    *EDIT* Sadly i dont think you could cut a man in half with a scalpel (as it sucks for cutting bone) :(

    But a scalpel could easily cut a bullet in half :D
     
  17. Rich1988

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    what about a tonne of scapels taped together :p
     
  18. Mic

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    Lots of things really, cutting out parts precily, cutting off the burs as you said. Cutting out decals, using the edge of a blunt razor to lift/place decals etc
     
  19. Smithy

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    Well they wouldnt have used fairy liquid and warm water believe me.
    It would involve gamma rays and harmful bacteria begging for mercy :)
     
  20. Raymond Lin

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    You get a ruler and run the scalpel along it for a straight line. I don't use sissors because card is too thick to cut, it is MUCH faster to use scalpels. Altought with card you need to run it over a few times to cut through it.