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JAFD2608 Apr 2018 9:07 a.m. PST

Salutations, gentlefolk !

Back in 1970 or so, when 'amateur game design' required a knowledge of Prestype and pasteup and other arcana, I acquired one of these:




which comes apart to look like this




Back then it was known as a 'stencil knife'. It disappeared in the attrition of the decades, and when I retired and found the print-and-assemble buildings of and ships of, I decided I needed another one. So I went to the artists' supply shops of Manhattan and the big box craftstores of Cherry Hill, and was met with blank stares. Drew a picture to my best recollection, no help. Finally, in the depths of the Google, found one for sale, at B & H Specialities of Syracuse, NY – – $6.00 USD for the knife, $5.00 USD S&H.

Unfortunately, t'were out of replacement blades. But the knife's package revealed 'twas produced by Griffin Manufacturing Co, of Webster, NY.


While Griffin's webpage was found, though, an Email query revealed that the #113 was out of production, none in stock.

Well, I shall get an Arkansas stone to keep this blade sharp, though I should _like_ a replacement blade or two in case one goes dull in the middle of a project. Should you find anyone with replacement blades for sale, please get one or two for me, and you shall make a good profit on the deal.

If you regularly cut paper or cover stock or thin cardboard, you probably have one of these. If not, would suggest 'getting one while the getting is good'. If you're new to these, practice on scrap, cutting curved lines, for ten minutes or so, before working on valuable stough. And if there's another maker of these, please let us know.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2018 9:21 a.m. PST

Thanks. I'll keep my eyes open for this ancient tool.

JAFD2608 Apr 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

By the way, the grid in some of the backgrounds has lines 4.85mm apart (wanted 5mm apart, life too short to fiddle more with printer)

BuckeyeBob08 Apr 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

They are still being sold. Type in Grifhold 113 knife and
a number of sites came up the first being these 2:


Even Staples has the blades via the web, not sure about in the stores:

stephen m08 Apr 2018 1:41 p.m. PST


Check the stock availability, none in stock at any of these. If the manufacturer says out of production not too likely to get any back in stock.

Neat item. I have seen other swivel knives. Check out the blades made for the computerized craft cutters. You may be able to modify something. Fiskars makes a swiveling knife thing which might work as a donor. Our RC flying club has a couple machinists in it who love this kind of challenge. Maybe someone you know is a machinist and likes a challenge. Especially the retired ones with a basement/garage full of tools. Good luck.



Walking Sailor Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2018 12:12 p.m. PST

Griffin has gone to 114B. But for the price of two replacement blades you can buy three whole new knives from X-acto, Fiskars or others.

JAFD2618 Apr 2018 5:48 p.m. PST

Salutations, again,

Have tried swivel knives like the #114. IMAO, they are not as easy to use nor do they produce as good a result.

Had checked out other office and art-supply national 'mail-order' vendors. Had I found anyone that had #113 blades in stock, or that said anything but "can't get these, closing your back-order ticket", would have said so.

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