Single Edge Razor Blade Holder

Make your own SERB holder, for safe cutting

  1. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Single Edge Razor Blade Holder - Make your own SERB holder, for safe cutting

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  2. Rocket Jones

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    I made one of these tonight using .060 styrene for the handle (it's what I had handy). It's a little too flexible, so I'll try doubling up on the plastic for a bit more rigidity. Even with the flex, this little gem works great!
     
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  4. Rocket Jones

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    The box cutters I've seen use specialized blades that are angled on the ends making them subject to breaking points. Never saw that kind before, looks like it's easier to replace blades too.
     
  5. BoxcabE50

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    Along with my X-Acto assortment, I've been using box cutters for many long years. (Accumulated enough spares from my businesses. :) ) Have never encountered any troubles. If it's a heavy duty cutting job, I use a different tool, such as X-Acto or a scalpel, etc.
     
  6. Rocket Jones

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    I did some looking around and see that what I've been using all these years is commonly called a utility knife, not a box cutter. I've got a few of those.
     
  7. gary60s

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    Glad to see you got a holder to work Rocket. I originally used .060 acrylic sheet for the first holder. I went to the aluminum because of a narrower profile with slightly more rigidity. The aluminum was also very easy to work with (easily cut with a hacksaw and easily drilled). Also well within CAMRRA guidelines at $1.79.

    I have some of the boxcutters with the retractable blade, but prefer the SERB for long cuts in styrene.
     
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015
  8. BoxcabE50

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    They go by both names, utility knife and box cutter.
     
  9. rrunty

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    I've got a nice 2 inch scar on my wrist courtesy a box cutter from when I worked after school as a stock boy almost 40 years ago. I still tell people, no I didn't intentionally try to slit my wrist.

    Bob
     
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    That was a mandatory event for anyone who did such work. We all nailed ourselves at one time or another. Some more than a few times... Ouch. :(
     
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  13. BoxcabE50

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    a.k.a. a box cutter.
     
  14. Jerry M. LaBoda

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    I'm more inclined to use a Window Scraper for most of my cutting... more control plus it locks in place and is retractable...

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  15. gary60s

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    I made my first SERB holder about the same time as I started making templates for scratch building. I posted the DIY holder here in hopes that it would provide an easier way to cut parts from styrene when using templates from a scratch sketch set.

    I cut my first parts with an exacto blade. While the exacto is a great hobby knife, I didn't like the ridge it left on the cut edges. The boxcutter can be used for these template cutouts as it also uses a SERB, but the DIY holder has a longer easier to grip handle, which gives it an advantage.

    I tried cutting parts with a paint scraper but it was awkward to hold when making long cuts and the blade would often move or slide within the holder. Unexpected blade movement can ruin a part.

    I didn't just create the holder on a whim. The frustration of ruined parts led to searching for a better way to cut parts. The first crude prototype was an old spade bit with a single drilled hole. It worked, but was too thick. Second prototype was .060 acrylic plexiglas. While still too thick, I used it for a year, and then discovered the aluminum strip stock as is shown above in OP.

    Bottom line is, you have to use what works and is more comfortable for you. I'm simply relating my experiences.
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015
  16. steamghost

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    Sorry, didn't mean to criticize, but I have gone through blades quickly on various hobby and non-hobby projects and prefer a quick change. Wing nuts for your holder, then. Your holder will definitely be more comfortable for many users.
     
  17. Jerry M. LaBoda

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    I can definitely see the advantage your holder provides... most of the cuts I am interested in making (for the next couple years actually) will involve cutting passenger car parts so the window scraper makes for a good tool to use. Your holder definitely could be an advantage when making cuts to sheets of styrene and I appreciate you sharing it!!! I yet may have to look into this myself!!!
     

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