3-14. SCISSORS (SCISSORS, COLLAR AND CROWN) (SCISSORS, ORAL
Utility scissors (figure 3-22) are ordinary scissors usually made of stainless steel
and used for miscellaneous cutting. Suture scissors have small curved blades and are
used to cut suture material in the mouth. Tissue (saw-tooth) scissors have long curved
handles and short serrated jaws suitable for cutting soft tissue.
Figure 3-22. Scissors.
3-15. SURGICAL KNIVES (HANDLE, SURGICAL KNIFE) (BLADE, SURGICAL
Surgical knives (figure 3-23) are used to cut soft tissue and incise localized
abscesses. A surgical knife is comprised of a handle and interchangeable blades. Four
sizes and shapes of detachable blades and three types of handles are available and
listed in the Medical Supply Catalog under class 6515 items. Blade number 12 is curved
and blade numbers 15 is straight.
Figure 3-23. Surgical knife handle and blades.