This is probably essential for any modelling toolbox. Sheffield’s Swann-morton is the Rolls-royce of scalpels and there are several different handle and blade configurations to suit different tasks. Woodland Scenics Foam Knife makes light work of hard foam with its 2in blade.
Where can I buy one?
Scalpels & Blades has Swann-morton handles for under £4 and boxes of 100 blades for just over a tenner. Availability: Scalpels & Blades, West Street, Stoke-sub-hamdon, Somerset TA14 6QG Tel: 01935 825555 Web: www.scalpelsandblades.co.uk Woodland Scenics WST1433 Foam Knife, £9.75 Availability: Bachmann stockists
Knife blades will dull quickly. Always keep a stock of fresh blades handy and change them regularly – a dull blade will not cut cleanly and could snag on the material you’re cutting.