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SH444-Swann Morton Stainless Steel Braithwaite Skin Graft Knife


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Swann Morton Stainless Steel Braithwaite Skin Graft Knife

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The Braithwaite knife (1955 Fenton Braithwaite ) was a modification of the Humby and Bodenham Knives and was the first that did not need to be dismantled in order to replace the blade. The adjustment between the roller and the blade itself is achieved by two knurled collars mounted on the back of the knife. The Stainless steel blade is locked securely in the leaf spring holder. To fit a new blade one moves the safety catch in order to open the leaf and the blade can be inserted under the roller before reengaging the safety catch. There is a tendency for skin to roll up around the guard when cutting thin split skin grafts with the Braithwaite knife however this can be corrected by the placing traction on the cut skin otherwise the fine sheet of skin may tear. The roller must also move freely from side to side requiring slack end-bearings that can reduce precision in the setting resulting in the graft sometimes becoming gradually thicker as the knife progresses. Two adjustments are necessary at either end of the knife to set the depth of cut and again if the setting is unequal the graft may be thicker on one side.
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