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Old 05-26-2020, 08:54 AM
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Would like to acquire a #99, but those make the #89 seem like an easy find.
I paid $239 for the #89, and that to me was a bargain.

I know the seller has another #89 that will go up for sale soon, and is currently putting together a flat-top #88N.
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GH put me in touch with this seller and this guy is really outstanding. I chatted with him over the long weekend and he put me together a really special Xacto kit with a lot of extras included. Same Xacto kit that I remember my father had when I was a kid and first started building rockets with him. Sorry to say it was stolen from his belongings not long before he passed away and I never ever be able to replace that. Now I should have an excellent replacement for it in just a few of days! Even has the very early version of the sanding block.

I can't say enough good things about this seller.

Really appreciate your help with this GH. I can't wait to get it ... and use it! I saw the ship notice hit my email this morning. I don't know a lot of the part numbers of these vintage Xacto kits so I'm really enjoying this thread and learning as I go.

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Old 05-26-2020, 08:01 PM
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Steve-
That looks like a #86 standard craft set with a larger sanding block, minus the spoke-shave.
I'm pretty sure it should have a spoke shave.
#1, #2, #5 knife handles, small plane, and a balsa stripper.
Added gripster knife, added razor saw blade, added additional blade paks.
That added small Xacto leather strop will really keep blades sharp.
I have another one of those coming from him, a rare X-Calibre retractable knife, and some rare #14 blades coming.
I'll take a picture of a spoke-shave tonight and post later.
If I may make one suggestion you should add to your set, get a #6 knife handle with a #2 blade.
The #6 is the heavy aluminum hexagonal handle knife. The #2 blade is the large version of the #11 pointed blade that fits the larger handles.
I use that knife almost as much as the #1.
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Old 05-28-2020, 04:52 PM
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Steve-
That looks like a #86 standard craft set with a larger sanding block, minus the spoke-shave.
I'm pretty sure it should have a spoke shave.
#1, #2, #5 knife handles, small plane, and a balsa stripper.
Added gripster knife, added razor saw blade, added additional blade paks.
That added small Xacto leather strop will really keep blades sharp.
I have another one of those coming from him, a rare X-Calibre retractable knife, and some rare #14 blades coming.
I'll take a picture of a spoke-shave tonight and post later.
If I may make one suggestion you should add to your set, get a #6 knife handle with a #2 blade.
The #6 is the heavy aluminum hexagonal handle knife. The #2 blade is the large version of the #11 pointed blade that fits the larger handles.
I use that knife almost as much as the #1.

I just received my set and it's contents are in much better condition than I had imagined! Lots of extra blades, everything wiped down and carefully shipped. I now see why you do business with this seller. One question. You suggested adding to my set a #6 knife handle with a #2 blade in the future. Personally do you think it's easier to grip than the #5 handle? A little more heavy duty? The set also came with a metal ruler that I didn't see in the pictures it was in the box tucked in there directly in front of the sanding block. Any other suggestions?
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The #6 knife is a LOT more heavy-duty than the #5.
I use #5 handles only for Razor Saws. For heavy duty cutting/carving nothing beats a #6.
I own 4 #6 handles but only two #5.
For anything heavier than requiring a #1 with a #11 or #10 blade, I reach for a #6 with a #2 or #25 blade.
I have almost no use for the #2 knife; if ever used it has a #15 keyhole saw blade in it.
If I had to choose only one Xacto handle, it would he a #6, with a #2 blade. It can do everything.
A #1 knife with the small #12 blade is good for cutting out fin patterns as is the #4 knife and the #9RX knife. About the only thing a #4 or #9RX are good for are cutting out patterns/stencils.
I have several and are niceties, but not really neccessary over a #1 with #11 blade.
The zirconium "Zseries" #11and #2 blades stay sharp several TIMES longer than standard steel blades.
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The zirconium "Zseries" #11and #2 blades stay sharp several TIMES longer than standard steel blades.

I have often wondered about those. Thanks for the info.
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One other blade worth picking up for the #1 knife is the #13 micro saw blade.
Hard to find, been discontinued for years. It is only 2" long but I find them invaluable.
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Steve-
Did you get a #6 ?
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As far as I can tell, Xacto only offers the "Z series" Zirconium Nitride treated blades in #11 for the #1 and #3 handles and in #2 for the larger #2, #5, #6, and Woodcarving knife handles.

The #2 Z series blades are MUCH harder to find.
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Did you get a #6 ?

I did purchase a vintage #6 handle from the same seller and I should have it Tuesday. Thanks again GH I am still learning a lot about these vintage Xacto tools. I didnít know that the #6 has come in 3 different sizes. The one I purchased is the "smallest" diameter handle version. The oldest #6 have a larger diameter handle, and the neck is a little longer also.

If I remove the silver with the black rubber gripster knife and put the #6 in the wood slot, and put the #5 where the silver/black one was, I think I might get the lid to close....not sure. That is why I opted for the smaller handle version for now. The only knife in my current set that Iím not real fond of is the gripster.

I did purchase some #2 blades both vintage and in the 15 pack dispenser. I canít find the #2 blades in the Z-Series zirconium anywhere. I agree, the zirconium blades do last much longer. I had bought a #1 with a #11 zirconium blade a few years back at a hobby store that came as a package and a small pack of extra Z-Series blades and the blades did work well and lasted a LONG time. It will be a while before I need them but any idea where I can find Z-Series #2 blades? What #6 handle[s] do you own?
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