Where To Purchase Scalpels?

Decorating By babeebk Updated 26 Apr 2010 , 9:35pm by chefjess819

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babeebk Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 3:16pm
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Hi there, I read here and in the Confetti Cakes cookbook that many decorators use scalpels for cutting their gumpaste and fondant. Elisa Strauss said that her father is a surgeon so he gets them for her. I'd like to give them a try.

For those of you who use scalpels, can you give a review? Where do you all get your scalpels? Are they disposable? Are they sold in bulk? Can you provide a link? TIA

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Ballymena Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 5:54pm
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The scalpel I have was given to me and has ss disposable blades which last a very long time when just used for fondant types of cutting.
Try asking at a pharmacy, they may have an idea of where to purchase.

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ArtieTs Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:34pm
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Whoa!!!! When I read the title of this post I cringed. I thought to myself why in the world would you need scalpels but I guess so for cutting fondant. I'm just very afraid of small sharp objects. I have issue with an exacto knife from time to time. I'm a person that cooks allot & have no problem with large knives but there is something about small sharp objects that freaks me out. Hope you find them.

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Butterpatty Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:45pm
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Just beware of your fingers! I work in the medical field and the worst cut I have ever had in my life was from a scalpel. You think you have control and then one slip.... that little booger is designed to be supersharp and not drag so it will slice thru your fingers/hand like a hot knife thru butter. It doesn't hurt the first second that you do it, but after that... whew!

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artscallion Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 6:46pm
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An exacto knife is the same as a disposable scalpel. You can get one at any art supply store. I imagine craft stores carry them as well.

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bisbqueenb Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 9:04pm
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Or you can try E-bay.... also good for finding clamps/ Forceps type instruments that help holding/picking up gumpaste/fondant items.

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kimblyd Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 9:17pm
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Yep, Hobby Lobby and Michaels both carry X-Acto knives. They are cheap and come with extra blades. I use mine all the time to cut candy clay.

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chefjess819 Posted 26 Apr 2010 , 9:35pm
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i (stupidly lol) never thought of using an exacto knife. i use a box blade that i found in hardware. they had a 2 pack of a large blade and one that is maybe a half inch wide. works really well. not to mention, it has the finger guards which are awesome since i am seriously accident prone. hehe

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