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X-Acto Z series blade
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California, United States
Member Since: October 21, 2007
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 07:24 AM UTC
Russ Amott takes a look at a new series of blade with a Zirconium Nitride coating from X-Acto. This coating makes the blade stronger and longer lasting.

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Utah, United States
Member Since: December 14, 2007
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 02:19 PM UTC
I've been using one blade for everything. Cleaned up a plaster casting, tested on every type of kit plastic I could find; Tamiya, DML, HobbyBoss, Trumpeter, Academy, AFV Club and Fine Molds, cutting, trimming and even as a scraper to clean up seam lines. The blade has lasted much longer than a regular blade. I found that it did better at fine trimming with harder plastic, not as well when the plastic was softer.
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Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 07:07 PM UTC
I just bought a 100 pack of Excel no.11. With each model I complete, I change the blade. Have one just for pe and one for trimming. I've found the Excel blades are sharper than the Xacto ones and I've never had one break on me. I've broke six Xacto blades.