Swann-Morton knife handles and blades are precision instruments. By following the manufacturers guidelines you can prolong the life of your handles and blades while keeping yourself and other safe.
Blades should be applied to scalpel handles with heavy tweezers or pliers and in doing so the tweezers/pliers should not be allowed to touch or overlap the blade cutting edge. This technique can be seen in a streaming video here.
The safe disposal of all knife blades is important to ensure not only your own safety but the safety of all those who may come into contact with the blades after your disposal. We recommend the use of the Swann-Morton surgical blade removal unit. This unit is sealed and safely removes blades from all No. 3, 4, 5A, 6A & Retractaway handles. The unit has a capacity of 100 blades and costs just £1.00 - that's just 1p per blade to ensure safe disposal. The surgical blade remover unit also helps to prolong the life of your scalpels by cutting down on the wear and tear of scalpel blade fixtures caused by removal of blades with tweezers/pliers. Correct usage of the surgical blade remover unit can be seen in a streaming video here.Alternatively, individual blade removers can be used; correct usage of the individual surgical blade remover can be seen in a streaming video here.
Please note that the Criminal Justice Act 1988, as amended by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996, makes it illegal to sell knives (and other similar products as defined) to anyone under 18 years of age.In order to comply with current legislation, customers who wish to purchase knives and knife blades from our store are requested to not only confirm that they are over 18 by using the checkbox associated with each relevant item, but also to pay for their purchase of knives and knife blades with a credit card.As debit cards can be issued to under 18's, in order to comply with current legislation, we will automatically cancel any orders for knives and knife blades where a debit card is offered for payment.