RE: [Histonet] double blades for rotary paraffin microtome

From:"Smith, Allen"

Many (40?) years ago, I saw a blade holder designed to allow the use of
double-edged razor blades for cutting paraffin sections.  My recollection is
that the professor told me that he used it only for teaching students how to
use amicrotome.

Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Anatomy
Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences
    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
Miami Shores, Florida  33161

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Breisch,
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:29 PM
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Subject: [Histonet] double blades for rotary paraffin microtome

Hi Histologists,
	This is a generalised question regarding microtomes and blades. Has
anyone ever heard of a rotary microtome that uses or used double edged
blades (not unlike the razor blades currently being marketed for shaving) to
cut paraffin blocks? More specifically have double edged blades ever been
used to cut paraffin blocks. Your help and input is greatly appreciated.


Eric A. Breisch, Ph.D.
Clinical Anatomist 
Department of Pathology
Associate Clinical Professor of Anatomy, UCSD-SOM
Children's Hospital-San Diego
3020 Children's Way, MC5007
San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-966-5944

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