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Tiny Razor Blades Everywhere!

Discussion in 'SAFETY ISSUES & EQUIPMENT' started by Jamespvill, May 19, 2014.

  1. Jamespvill

    Jamespvill United States Active User Active Member

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    As all machinist know, chips and swarf are very sharp! I do lots of stainless steel and end up with little razor blades everywhere, thus it is almost inevitable that cuts are a regular occurrence.

    I found out a few years ago that super glue is a machinists best friend when it comes to little cuts everywhere. The best part about super glue is once you seal up your little slice, the cut is virtually pain-free because there is no opening and closing of your wound. This also keeps all the gunk out of them.

    A popular saying is to "rub some dirt and oil on it" if your a man. Well call me a women then because I prefer to be infection free! I've never done much in the way of scientific testing, but superglued cuts usually heal up in a day or two in my experience. Keep in mind, I'm talking about small cuts, bigger than paper cuts, smaller than giant lacerations.

    Here is what I use. I keep two or three bottles of this around the shop, it's especially convenient because it has a little brush on it too. Although, I have used others that are a little more flexible when they dry up, but can't remember exactly what brand. Regardless, they both dry up in about 30 seconds and your off to machining again.
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    Another problem that I am running into all-to-often is little stainless slivers. You know the type; the ones that catch every time your rub it up agains something and make you rethink your hobby.

    Well I found that regular tweezers are usually no help to me, but found these guys while browsing amazon;
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    They are called "Uncle Bill's Sliver Grippers". Here's a link, a tad bit spendy but worth every penny in my opinion.

    They come to a super sharp point so it's easy to grab tiny slivers with them, and my favorite thing is that they come with a genius little clip that I keep on my keys so I never lose them.

    Does anyone else have any tricks up their sleeves for tiny little death dealers?

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  2. Marco Bernardini

    Marco Bernardini Active User Active Member

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    For chips and splinters I use a watchmaker loupe and a syringe needle.
    It's amazing the quantity of chips you can find in the dead external layer of your skin, where you can't feel them, with a loupe (and a normal needle looks like a 2" pipeā€¦).
    Maybe you'll have to dig a bit inside your fingers, but you're sure nothing remains inside them.
    The needle is also pretty good to remove the spines of our "tasty but nasty" artichokes from wifey's fingers:
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    I always suggest her to use her reading glasses when she have to clean artichokesā€¦ :D

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    I find it best to try and avoid them in the first place. When I'm cleaning vises and machines, I wear heavy duty nitrile gloves. It's common to get a lot of slivers when tightening a vise as you press them through your skin under tightening pressure. -Simple... keep the vise wrench away from the messy areas. Be thoughtful about using the same shop towel for multiple purposes... When you un-chuck or un-clamp a fresh piece, wear gloves as you wipe it off and keep track of which rags or paper towels were used. In about the last 6 months, I've developed new habits on how I handle things, wipe things down etc -and I've been almost sliver free the whole time.


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    I stumbled on those tweezers some time back and liked them so much that I bought several and gave them to family members at Christmas time.
     
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    For those nasty little splinters you can't see but can feel, I have a disposable razor in my tool box. Drag the blade over the splinter & most of the time it will pull it out.

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    For fine, sharp tweezers just go to your local drug store and look in the cosmetic section. There's all kinds of tweezers there, some cheap, small ones you can easily sharpen to your preference.

    I also keep a sewing needle in a pin vise because sometimes you need to dig them out or it's just easier.
     
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    here is a neat way to remove metal splinters that r soooo small u can only feel them in ur hands but cannot see them . rub the affected area with say ''wet or dry''--sandpaper -i find 220 grit works for me. it will grab and remove metal splinters. thanks to keith fenner's web site on u--tube --for this tip.just my $$.02-- enjoy. re steve in mt.
     
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    Its probably bad to do but I find the nibs on my calibers work great as tweezers to get small chips out. I also have to use a loop to see them. Sucks getting old.

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    A razor knife is a constant companion, so I hold the knife against my first finger, drag it till I feel the splinter, and pinch it with my thumb. If that doesn't pluck it out, it's time to go fishin in my hide. Either way is usually nearly painless and efficient. A fresh blade is better for the second method.
     
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    Not really relevant to the topic of sharp chips and swarf, but your title reminded me of my time working at Gillette in the men's blade test division. Everyone had stacks and stacks of punched, sharpened razor blades on their desks, on their desk shelves, around the wall of their cube, everywhere. Literally tens of thousands on each person's desk! Kind of a horror show, imagining them all coming crashing down.
     
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    Ive been using super glue on cuts for years. If you go to the ER and get liquid stitches, guess what it is...... generic sterilized super glue.
     
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    I find that my pocket knife works well for most of the noseem's. When we got married 40 years ago I worked in a shop the did all stainless steel and they took pictures of our hands with the rings my hands were covered in small blark dots of stainless.
     
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    usually chew them out
     
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    When I get a a splinter, I don't bother looking for the tweezers with a magnifying glass in them. I just start jabbing tearing skin around the splinter till I get it out. I have so many calluses on my fingers I don't feel any pain from it. Fiberglass splinters though......are a devil.
     
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    For really small ones on the soft spots like the side of your fingers I use gorilla tape. It will pull out lots of them and works wonders on fiberglass slivers.
     
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    The really strong neo magnets can pluck slivers out of skin fairly well... Even has a chance to grab stainless slivers due to the slight magnetisim from work hardening SS...
     
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    my first job out of high school was working as a machinist trainee in my uncle's machine shop. one of my first jobs was cutting ss stock pieces on the metal saw and de-burring the edges on a belt sander. At the time I had signed up to join the navy reserve and my finger prints got rejected by the fbi because of all the little cuts I had.. had to resubmit them after they healed up some ..
     
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