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 Subject : Re:#11 exacto blades.. 03/14/2019 04:23:57 PM 
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McMaster has a good variety of blade materials and grades. They even have titanium. https://www.mcmaster.com/x-acto-style-blades
 Subject : Re:#11 exacto blades.. 03/14/2019 04:04:57 PM 
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I keep a small black Arkansas stone on my bench and hone them to an even sharper edge before and during use. Couple of strokes on the stone and it's good to go. I think Xacto makes the old #11 and they have the super sharp blue oxide ones now. Haven't noticed a big difference between them, except for the cost difference.
 Subject : Re:#11 exacto blades.. 03/14/2019 03:46:15 PM 
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Location: Overland Park, KS
I've sure noticed that the dull grey ones that come in dispensers are awful. We buy our blades from McMaster (I THINK it's this number; sorry, haven't ordered them in a few years 35435A83). We purchase the 100 pack WITHOUT the dispenser. They come in a blue plastic carton. The blades themselves appear to have a tempered "blue steel" sidewall on the blades, and they're longer and narrower than the dull grey blades that come in dispensers. These are what we use for weeding acrylic mask. I haven't had to buy any new ones in a year or so, so I can't say for certain that they haven't torpedoed the quality on this particular style as well.
 Subject : Re:#11 exacto blades.. 03/14/2019 03:41:40 PM 
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We have used Excel blades before. Seemed ok.

Searching online brought up a couple other brands
 Subject : #11 exacto blades.. 03/14/2019 03:35:27 PM 
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Has anyone else noticed the decline in quality of the #11 exacto blades?
Visually, they look cheaper and they certainly don't have the sharp point they used to have. I use them for weeding the cover sheet on etched acrylic, etc. They really are crap now.
Anyone know of a replacement that will fit the exacto holders (which are also pretty dodgy in my opinion)
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