Blade Selection: It’s Always Wise to Specialize

02.06.18
Category: Product News

When is a blade not a blade? When it is a specialized blade!

Identifying the best blade or cutting edge for a specific application begins with asking the right questions. Whether for food processing, fiber chopper, film slitting or medical/surgical applications, the best cutting edge is the edge with the highest performing angle, degree of sharpness, and metal  composition for that particular application

Terminology matters.

When a customer asks us for a “razor blade”, we begin with the assumption that what is needed is a sharp cutting edge. But to our blade designers and engineers,  the term “razor blade” covers any number of shapes, sizes, materials, and capabilities.  While selecting a generic blade from a catalog may seem fairly straightforward, real opportunities come from digging deeper.

The best blade for the job could be a blade especially engineered for durability. Or coated for rust resistance. Or honed for extra sharpness. It could come oiled, degreased, or cleanroom-ready. There are any number of possible configurations. When selecting a blade, always think: application and desired result.

Not all blades are alike.

For example, cutting a high-tech film or fabric may call for a blade with an extremely sharp cutting edge that is only used once.  Or, even while cut quality is important, durability may be the critical success factor, especially if changing out blades frequently consumes valuable time and adds expense.  When you work with our engineering group to determine the performance and longevity requirements of a blade, together we can identify the blade that optimally integrates edge design, material, heat treating and coating to deliver an outstanding result in an intended application.

Before you order, you’re invited to call and ask.

Providing the right blade solution an end-user is seeking is always our goal. Tell us what you want. And we will help you find that “special” blade.