CERAMIC AND SAPPHIRE KNIVES
Ceramic and sapphire micro-dissection knives (non-metallic scalpels) were developed during the 1970s, subsequent to Fernadez Moran's invention of the first diamond knives (~1965) for ultramicrotomy and viewing specimens in electron microscopes. These diamond knives are used to produce flawless sections 60nm thick. This technology paved the way for hand-held ceramic and sapphire micro-knives for finest dissection and microsurgery. These knives were first used in ophthalmology, but they have proven useful in cosmetic surgery and microsurgery as well as in the biomedical sciences, whenever finest cuts, without reactive metal ions, and least adjacent cell damage are required.

Ceramic versus sapphire knives: Our ceramic knives are produced from black, sintered zirconium dioxide. This material is of similar hardness to sapphire, but it is not transparent and more flexible. Both the ceramic and sapphire blades are very hard, and considering how fine and acute the cutting edges are, they are surprisingly durable. The ability to see through a knife sometimes is an advantage, and the sapphires are glass-clear. Sharpened edges usually reflect light away and so appear black with either blade. However, sapphire knives, when used near horizontal (the 'round blades' are particularly suitable) are excellent for cutting in that plane with perfect vision of structures below the knife.

Handling, cleaning and sterilising: Diamond (Mohs hardness scale 10), sapphire (9) and ceramic zirconia (8.5) are among the hardest substances known. Harder materials keep a sharp edge better. However, such hard materials may be brittle and lateral pressure on the knife can snap the stone. These knives must be handled with care and the cutting edge should only ever gently touch tissues to be cut and no other solid - don't test the sharpness of our knives with a finger! If a blade is perfectly handled is can give years of good service, rough, but non 'fatal' handling of a knife will fracture microscopic particles off the knife's edges resulting in bluntness well before time.

After use rinse the knife under running water. If serious contamination occurred, the knife may be soaked in weak household detergent solution and placed in an ultrasonic bath for 2 minutes. Rinse in tap and then distilled water at least 3 times. The knives may be wet autoclaved. During these procedures make sure the actual knife never touches anything solid.

ProSciTech's black ceramic zirconia scalpels are sometimes called "black diamond" scalpels because they are hard and durable, but unlike diamond, these scalpels have a modicum of flexibility which extends their life on occasions. All blades are made to most exacting standards; our photos are not retouched and demonstrate these knives' perfection. At the same time we are able to supply them at one-third the price of similar scalpels. We don't offer a re-sharpening service since, without even considering shipping and handling, our new scalpels are cheaper than resharpened scalpels from other suppliers. Oz and NZ customers may use our shopping cart or place an order by email, fax or phone. Overseas customers please email enquiries - we will then advise of shipping charges and produce an invoice, which can be paid via our secure link to the bank - 'Paying for quoted orders . . . ' from 'Home'.
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Ceramic and Sapphire Knives
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CERAMIC AND SAPPHIRE KNIFE HANDLES AND BLADES

All handles are made of titanium and the blades are retractable.
Keep the open end free of obstructions when you push out the blade!
Telling sapphire and ceramic zirconia blades apart without a label is easy: the ceramic zirconia is black and comes with a blue titanium handle; sapphire is glass-clear and comes with a silver-coloured titanium handle.
Angled and large knives are in a larger diameter sheath.

BLADES
All lancets are double edged, meaning the the underside and the upper side of the blade are sharpened to the edge and the profile is arrow shaped.
Single edge blade = the upper side is sharpened to the edge, the underside is flat.
Double edge blade = the underside and the upper side are sharpened, arrow shaped profile.
Measurements given in the name of the knives are the width of the blade and the angle at which the tip is cut. The thickness of the blade is given in the text.
Angled and straight refers to the mounting of the blade.


Scope of Application : Ophthalmic, microsurgical, neurological, plastic surgery, urological, ENT surgical, fine dissections and microsurgery in the biomedical sciences.

Physical & Chemical Characteristics of Sapphire Surgical Knives

  • The sapphire knife provides a superb cut, far exceeding that of a finely honed steel knife. An incision made by a sapphire knife results in significantly less damage than from a conventional steel knife, and no metal particles are left behind in the tissue, so wounds heal faster with less scarring.
  • High stability of physical and chemical properties, good biocompatibility, little effect on neural excitability, small astigmatism, neat incision, wounds healing faster with less scarring, non-infiltration by acid and blood, corrosion resistance, effortless sterilisation.

Physical & Chemical Characteristics of Nano-Crystalloid Ceramic Zirconia Surgical Knives
  • High hardness, density, sharpness and toughness
  • Black blade, no reflection ensures good visualisation
  • Good biocompatibility
  • Non-infiltration by acid and blood, corrosion resistance, effortless sterilisation.
  • No metal particles left in the tissue
SpecificationsDiamondCeramic ZirconiaSapphireStainless Steel
Mohs hardness108.596.5
Viscosity (Mpa/M)610-123-4 
Curvature 1200-1600300-500 
Frictional coefficient (Kr)0.350.10.44 
Sharpness1000A1000A5000A 

Note: The dimensions in the diagrams are given in mm.

Ceramic Zirconium blade
Sapphire blade
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Single edge ceramic Zirconium blade
TXD123
Single edge ceramic Zirconium blade diagram
SINGLE EDGE CERAMIC ZIRCONIA BLADES

For cosmetic surgery

Blade thickness is 0.30mm.

Single edge ceramic Zirconium blade
TXD122-X
Ceramic zirconia blade, single edge, 3.00mm, 45°, straight
AUD242.00
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TXD123-X
Ceramic zirconia blade, single edge, 3.00mm, 30°, straight
AUD297.00
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Double edge ceramic Zirconium blade
Double edge ceramic Zirconium blade diagram
DOUBLE EDGE CERAMIC ZIRCONIA BLADES

For ophthalmology

Blade thickness is 0.20mm.

Double edge ceramic Zirconium blade
TXD104-X
Ceramic zirconia blade, double edge, 1.00mm, 30°, straight
AUD299.00
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TXD159-X
Ceramic zirconia blade, double edge, 1.00mm, 45°, straight
AUD229.00
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Straight ceramic Zirconium lancet
TXD115 Straight zirconia lancet
Straight ceramic Zirconium lancet diagram
TXD115
STRAIGHT CERAMIC ZIRCONIA LANCETS

Blade thickness is 0.20mm, double edge.

TDX115 is for cosmetic surgery.
TDX116, 130 and 132 are for ophthalmology.

Straight ceramic Zirconium lancet
TXD115
Ceramic zirconia lancet, double edge, 3.20mm, 60°, straight
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AUD225180.00
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TXD132
Ceramic Zr lancet, double edge, 1.20mm, 60°, straight
AUD217.00
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Angled ceramic Zirconium lancet
TXD111A
Angled ceramic Zirconium lancet diagram
ANGLED CERAMIC ZIRCONIA LANCETS

For ophthalmology

Blade thickness is 0.20mm, double edge.

Angled ceramic Zirconium lancet
TXD113A
Ceramic zirconia lancet, double edge, 3.00mm, 60°, angled
AUD217.00
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TXD115A-X
Ceramic zirconia lancet, double edge, 3.20mm, 60°, angled
AUD229.00
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Round ceramic Zirconium blade
Round ceramic Zirconium blade diagram
ROUND CERAMIC ZIRCONIA BLADES, ANGLED

For ophthalmology

The straight sides of the single edge blade are sharpened as well as the round tip.
Blade thickness is 0.25mm.

Round ceramic Zirconium blade
TXD101A
Ceramic zirconia blade, round with sharp sides, single edge, 1.5mm, angled
20% DISCOUNT FOR 1
AUD225180.00
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TXD103A-X
Ceramic zirconia blade, round with sharp sides, single edge, 2.8mm, angled
AUD242.00
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Single edge Sapphire blade
TXS123
Single edge Sapphire blade diagram
SINGLE EDGE SAPPHIRE BLADES

For cosmetic surgery

Blade thickness is 0.30mm.

Single edge Sapphire blade
TXS122-X
Sapphire blade, single edge, 3.00mm, 45°, straight
AUD134.00
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TXS123-X
Sapphire blade, single edge, 3.00mm, 30°, straight
AUD130.00
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Double edge Sapphire blade diagram
DOUBLE EDGE SAPPHIRE BLADE

For cosmetic surgery

Blade thickness is 0.20mm.

Double edge Sapphire blade
TXS104-X
Sapphire blade, double edge, 1.00mm, 30°, straight
AUD123.00
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Straight Sapphire lancet
TXS130-X
Straight Sapphire lancet diagram
STRAIGHT SAPPHIRE LANCETS

For cosmetic surgery

Lancet tip is cut at 35°.

Blade thickness is 0.20mm.

Straight Sapphire lancet
TXS130-X
Sapphire lancet, double edge, 1.00mm, 60°, straight
AUD166.00
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TXS187-X
Sapphire lancet, double edge, 2.00mm, 60°, straight
AUD143.00
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Angled Sapphire lancet
TXS115A
Angled Sapphire lancets diagram
ANGLED SAPPHIRE LANCETS

For ophthalmology

Blade thickness is 0.20mm.

Angled Sapphire lancet
TXS111A
Sapphire lancet, double edge, 2.80mm, 60°, angled
AUD159.00
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Sapphire lancet with sharp sides
TXS161A Sapphire lancet, sharp sides
Sapphire lancet side view
Side on view. Sharp edge is just visible as a line
Sapphire lancet diagram
CLEAR CORNEA BLADES

For ophthalmic surgery

These double lancets have sharpened sides as well as the lancet tip. Both the underside and the topside are sharpened to the edge, the profile has an arrow shape. The lancet tip is cut at 60°.
Blade thickness is 0.20mm.
The cornea blades are available in the following widths:
1.00mm, 1.20mm, 1.50mm, 2.20mm, 2.50mm, 2.65mm, 2.80mm, 3.00mm, 3.20mm.

Clear Cornea blades
TXS161A
Sapphire lancet, sharp sides, double edge, 2.80mm, 60°, angled
AUD187.00
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TXS186A
Sapphire lancet, sharp sides, double edge, 2.65mm, 60°, angled
AUD187.00
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Round, angled sapphire blade
TXS103A Round, angled sapphire blade
Round sapphire blade diagram
ROUND SAPPHIRE BLADES, STRAIGHT & ANGLED

The straight sides of the single edge blade are sharpened as well as the round tip. TXS102 and TXS103 are straight knives, on TXS103A the blade is at an angle.
Blade thickness is 0.25mm.

TXS102 and TXS103 are for cosmetic surgery.
TXS103A is for ophthalmology.

Round Sapphire blades
TXS102
Sapphire blade, round with sharp sides, single edge, 2.00mm, straight
AUD187.00
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TXS103
Sapphire blade, round with sharp sides, single edge, 2.80mm, straight
AUD187.00
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TXS103A-X
Sapphire blade, round with sharp sides, single edge, 2.80mm, angled
AUD143.00
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