I have two of those long blades that I would be interested in selling to
or trading for other supplies with someone!
George Mason University
Gayle Callis wrote:
> If you send me your slowmail, US postal service address, I will send
> you a manual on the effective use and proper care of the microtome.
> This little green booklet (collectors item!) tells how to operate the
> 860 along with other AO microtomes (820 and freezing microtome). I
> found an extra copy in my file this past month.
> As for disposable blades in this sliding microtome, we always used a c
> profile steel knife, a gigantic blade 200 mm long, for study,
> vibration free operation. The clamp may not work with a disposable
> holder. Dorn and Hart is a good place to get
> resharpening/reconditioning of the blades or do that with a
> ThermoShandon whatever name now knife sharpener. This was a superb
> sharpener and the microtome is a oldie but a goodie, heavy duty finger
> amputator. We also used Bear Oil, a microtome oil which is still
> available although Rene's suggestion for the Leica oil is ideal too.
> Be careful, these microtomes are very efficient for sectioning and
> cutting YOU!!! It was the first sliding microtome I used for
> sectioning celloidin embedded monkey temporal mandibular joints back
> in 1963. It was fun, but I did work with closed doors during its
> operation to avoid the startle factor during sectioning. I kept my
> fingers, arms, etc intact.
> Good luck with your "new" toy.
> Gayle Callis
> Research Histopathology Supervisor
> Veterinary Molecular Biology
> Montana State University - Bozeman
> PO Box 173610
> Bozeman MT 59717-3610
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