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A Q-Tip as a lame!

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staff of life

A Q-Tip as a lame!

After searching high and low and not being able to find my precious curved lame ANYWHERE, and with many batards needing scoring, I threaded a double-edged razor through a Q-Tip and it worked great!  The curve seemed identical to the one my lame provided, and the cuts bloomed beautifully.  The only drawback is that a Q-Tip has a much shorter handle than my lame, but in a pinch (or for the penny-pincher), this solution works great.

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Jamila

King Arthur has a nice one, although I think it was overpriced! :-)

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BROTKUNST

Jamila, I bought the KAF lame some time back - I think it was made by Matfer. That lame was almost child-proof, not sharp at all. Now, it could be that this is the way that lame is supposed to be - but for me a sharp lame works way better. The only thing that keeps me from throwing it in the trash is the fact that I paid almost $7 for it (Not that I get my money's worth by the lame sitting with my baking tools)

I use double edge razor blades - either straight or on a 1/8" square stainless rod which produces a perfectly solid mounted curved blade (self-locking).

BROTKUNST

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ehanner

I bought the same child proof lame BROTKUNST and agree it is a dud. I kept it after I found a way to sharpen it with a small diamond stone but mostly I use a single edge razor blade. I discovered a while ago that without much trouble you can sharpen even Exacto blades better than the factory ships them. The 2 sided blades are so thin they probably as sharp as you can expect.

Eric

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bruc33ef

I bought this one, too, and was disappointed to find that the blade doesn't look like it can be replaced!


 

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TRK

I usually use a double edged razor blade with a wooden coffee stirrer as a handle (a cheaper, easier to find version of that Brotkunst mentioned above).  It makes a decent handle and is cheap and easy to replace.  The stick bends the blade into a nice curve.  Recently I have been just using a serrated tomato knife that came with a knife set I have.  It is nice and sharp, because I use it for almost nothing else, and it is serrated which helps with very wet doughs.  If I am worried about sticking, I spray it with oil before I use it.  Works great unless you need a curved blade...

 

 

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Loafer

This makes me wonder if a chopstick could be rigged to be a lovely substitute...

 

But hey... I'm super cheap. I use a bix box of single edge razor blades and don't use a handle of any kind.  Not usually a worry for home baking.

 

-Loafer 

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KipperCat

DH recently made me a couple of lames with chopstick handles.  I haven't tried them yet.

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CountryBoy

People probably already know this but I just discovered that my local paint supply store sells a clipp on gadget in the configuration of a flat pocket fountain pen for under $2.00. It has on it a supply of small straight edge razor blades that can be used and then broken off and disposed of as desired.