Surgical Blades. Surgical blades, or scalpels, are used for cutting skin and tissue during surgical procedures. … Surgical blades are available with and without the blade handle. At ABZ Healthcare Surgical blades are available in disposable scalpels (sterile and non-sterile).
Some common types and numbers of blades include the following:
The #10 – A large curved cutting edge, which represents a more traditional blade shape. It is used for cutting soft tissue, typically with large incisions.
The #11 – A long, triangular blade with the hypotenuse as its sharpest edge. Because of its pointed tip, it is typically used for stabbing incisions and/or short, precise cuts that are shallow.
The #12 – A small, pointed, crescent-shaped blade used typically as a suture cutter. It is most sharp on the inside edge of its curve.
The #15 – Ideal for making short, precise incisions because of its small, curved cutting edge.
The #20 – A large curved blade commonly used for cutting tissue and other procedures that require a puncture or cut.
The #21 –Similar to the #20, it features a large curved blade commonly used for cutting tissue and other procedures that require a puncture or cut.
The #22 – Essentially a larger version of the #10, it has a flat, unsharpened back edge and a short, curved cutting edge. These blades are best for creating large incisions, often through thick skin.
The #23 – A large blade that is slightly narrower than the #21 and #21. It also has a pointier tip.