Re: [Histonet] Glass knife Makers
In a message dated 12/29/2004 6:14:42 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
My lab is getting collecting information on glass knife makers, in
anticipation of purchasing one. Can anyone out there give some input on
particular brands, since this is totally out of my realm. I am most
interested in ease of use, durability, etc. I am having a really difficult
time trying to collect information on these items. Thanks in advance....
Glass knifemakers are available for the two most commonly used types of
knives: triangular knives and ralph (long) knives.
The kind of knifemaker will depend on the application. If you only want to
do histology at the light level, you could use either a triangular knifemaker
or a ralph knifemaker. If your interest is in taking the specimens to the
electron microscope you'll need to use a triangular knifemaker.
You will see the differences when you visit the websites below.
The two biggest manufacturers of triangular glass knifemakers are Leica and
RMC Products (now part of Boeckeler Instruments). SPI Supplies also has an
economical triangular knifemaker. Ralph knifemakers are available from a few
Take a look at the following websites. You'll find contact info on the sites.
For Ralph knifemakers: Ted Pella
For Ralph and triangular knifemakers: EBS
For triangular knifemakers: Leica, RMC and SPI
http://www.em-preparation.com/ (This is the Leica site...you'll need to
navigate as follows: Products -> Biological Specimens -> Room Temperature
Techniques -> Leica EM KMR2)
There are a few other suppliers, but this should get you started.
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