PaperStory is an official distributor of Swann Morton products. Swann Morton Ltd. is a British manufacturer of scalpel handles, blades and other surgical equipment. It was founded in 1932 by Walter R. Swann, J. A. Morton and D. Fairweather.

Why Swann Morton ?
Precision when paper cutting is essential, that is why I recommend Swann Morton for papercutting.
Swann-Morton have become a world leader in the manufacture of surgical blades, scalpels and handles. It is a name respected globally for quality, precision, consistency and reliability and recognised for combining traditional blade making skills with the latest technology

Which blades ?
Please use correct blade with handle
ACM blade 11
Surgical 15a, 11, 10a

How often should you change the blade ?
When you feel the blade is dragging or pulling the paper, then change the blade over. For some, a blade may last only thirty minutes, others a few hours
Have a spare handle, primed with a new blade, so I can quickly check the difference in cut between a working and new blade..
Once a blade isnt quite sharp enough for those crisp lines, you can use it for cutting card etc, before being disposed of safely.

Safe disposal of used blades is essential, Swann Morton, have a range of tools for safe removal and disposal.
Please check with your local council on how to dispose of your sharps box, always have a back up handy.
Keep out of reach of children, and under 18's.
Use a Swann Morton remover to change blades
Seek medical advice if you should injure yourself
Dispose of used sharps (blades) as recommended by your council

Safe Handling of Swann-Morton Products

The way in which a surgical blade is handled prior to use can determine how effectively it performs during use. There are a number of ways that the cutting edge of a blade can become damaged once removed from its protective foil packet:

When removing a blade form the protective packet make sure it is not dropped into a metal bowl or container as this can reduce the initial keenness of the cutting edge even before it is fitted to the handle.

If you have to use forceps or needle holders to remove the blade from its protective packet ensure that you do not grip the blade across the cutting edge.

Attach A Surgical Blade

Use the following procedure to attach a surgical blade:


A. Grip blade with forceps, or similar, avoiding contact with cutting edge.

B. Hold handle in left hand with bayonet fitting uppermost.

C. Place blade partway over handle fitting and engage slots.

D. Slide blade until it clicks into position.

E. To improve assembly, flex blade slightly upwards when sliding onto the handle.

To Remove A Surgical Blade:

Use the following procedure to detach a surgical blade:


1. Grip blade with forceps, or similar.

2. Lift heel of blade at point 'A' with tip of finger, avoiding contact with cutting edge and carefully slide the blade away from the handle.