Harlan wood stripper

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    Ed O’Brien

    Back in 2010 my wife gave me a Harlan stripper for Christmas. Today, I dug it out to set it up. I read the instructions and noted that there is a very specific recommendation regarding the proper double edge razor blade to be used. Two are included with the stripper. My knowledge about razor blades is confined to Bic razors. And, razor blades are very sharp and can cut you with out even trying. So I went on-line to see about ordering a batch of Star Double Edge Blades. I suspected they had not been made for many, many years and would be as scarce as hens’ teeth. I was right.

    Does anyone out there have actual good experience with a substitute blade? If so, what it it? If I cannot find an acceptable blade I’m not sure what to do with the stripper.

    I suppose I could find a more mainstream interest. You know, one where supplies and parts are readily available . . . . maybe 1/64 scale narrow gauge model railroading or telescope mirror grinding.

    Ed OBrien
    Manchester, CT

    Norm Furutani

    I was surprised to find these at such a cheap price. http://volareproducts.com/BUY/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_28&products_id=781

    Ed O’Brien

    Thanks, Norm. I was searching under the name on the label. I’ll be getting my order off shortly. This works out since I wanted to order some Japanese tissue anyhow. Thanks again.


    This was an interesting thread to read. One of my sons won a Harlan stripper while competing at a contest in the MIT gym in the 70’s or early 80’s. I still use it and have never changed the blade. Good to know where we can find replacements. Thanks.


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