Thursday, October 24, 2019
Tools - The Essentials, The Hobby Knife Blade, Part 2
TIP: Keep Band-aids at your work bench!
For years I removed and changed the blades incorrectly. I'd twist the ferule, then pinch and pull up on the blade.
Try this (if you don't already) -
Turn the ferule until there is a small space at the base. Don't remove the ferule.
Press down on the ferule and you'll hear a "snap". The blade is now loose in the handle.
Lift up on the blade from the flat back.
If you don't have a blade disposal container -
Fold a few wraps of masking tape over the sharp side. You don't want to find a blade when you are smashing things down in the trash can!
Blades can be "sharpened" or stropped. Stropping a blade that starts to lose it's edge will extend it's useful life. CLICK HERE
I don't bother with stropping, I'll usually change out for a new blade.
These blades are brittle, a little side pressure will snap off the tip. When the blade tip breaks off, there is not much you can do. The blade should be changed out.