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    Bloodletting Implements

    Not sure if this will be controversial, but I am looking for recommendations on bloodletting tools. It is probably not surprising that auto-sacrifice is an important ritual for me. However, I have been having some problems with it lately. Normally I use a scalpel, but I've noticed that the blades, so sharp at first, go blunt very quickly.
    I guess I would like to either:
    1) Find an equivalent that tends to remain sharper, for longer.
    or:
    2) Find a source of blades that is very cheap.
    Things may be complicated by the fact that I, for privacy reasons, prefer to bleed myself from the thigh, which does not produce much blood, and scalpel cuts are not exactly discreet.

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    Re: Bloodletting Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by Yei View Post
    Not sure if this will be controversial, but I am looking for recommendations on bloodletting tools. It is probably not surprising that auto-sacrifice is an important ritual for me. However, I have been having some problems with it lately. Normally I use a scalpel, but I've noticed that the blades, so sharp at first, go blunt very quickly.
    I guess I would like to either:
    1) Find an equivalent that tends to remain sharper, for longer.
    or:
    2) Find a source of blades that is very cheap.
    Things may be complicated by the fact that I, for privacy reasons, prefer to bleed myself from the thigh, which does not produce much blood, and scalpel cuts are not exactly discreet.
    You can buy single-use lancets on Amazon, in packs of 100 or more, for only a few bucks. (search)
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    Re: Bloodletting Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by Yei View Post
    Not sure if this will be controversial, but I am looking for recommendations on bloodletting tools. It is probably not surprising that auto-sacrifice is an important ritual for me. However, I have been having some problems with it lately. Normally I use a scalpel, but I've noticed that the blades, so sharp at first, go blunt very quickly.
    I guess I would like to either:
    1) Find an equivalent that tends to remain sharper, for longer.
    or:
    2) Find a source of blades that is very cheap.
    Things may be complicated by the fact that I, for privacy reasons, prefer to bleed myself from the thigh, which does not produce much blood, and scalpel cuts are not exactly discreet.
    And if I may piggyback on Yei's question: I have to draw blood for a ritual tomorrow--no major bloodletting, just a bit--but in 50+ years I've never deliberately cut into myself. Is there an easy and proper way?

    I figured I'd do a pinprick to a finger, after dousing the pin with rubbing alcohol and heating it over a flame to sterilize it.
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    Re: Bloodletting Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by Altair View Post
    And if I may piggyback on Yei's question: I have to draw blood for a ritual tomorrow--no major bloodletting, just a bit--but in 50+ years I've never deliberately cut into myself. Is there an easy and proper way?

    I figured I'd do a pinprick to a finger, after dousing the pin with rubbing alcohol and heating it over a flame to sterilize it.
    The sterile lancets are a better choice. Go to any drugstore and ask for a small box of lancets and a pack of alcohol prep pads (to wipe the site before lancing), and they won't even blink an eye. If you're using your finger, I recommend using the side of the fingertip. Less sensitive (less pain) than the pad, easier to clean, and a better flow of blood.

    Edit To Add: They may ask which type of lancet (as there are many proprietary spring actuators). Just tell them this is a short term project and you need something you can use by hand.
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    Re: Bloodletting Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by ehbowen View Post
    The sterile lancets are a better choice. Go to any drugstore and ask for a small box of lancets and a pack of alcohol prep pads (to wipe the site before lancing), and they won't even blink an eye. If you're using your finger, I recommend using the side of the fingertip. Less sensitive (less pain) than the pad, easier to clean, and a better flow of blood.

    Edit To Add: They may ask which type of lancet (as there are many proprietary spring actuators). Just tell them this is a short term project and you need something you can use by hand.
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    Re: Bloodletting Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by Chatelaine View Post
    You can buy single-use lancets on Amazon, in packs of 100 or more, for only a few bucks. (search)
    That's actually a really good idea. I'll have to buy them from a local chemist, as Amazon does not seem to want to send them to Australia.

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    Re: Bloodletting Implements

    Quote Originally Posted by Yei View Post
    That's actually a really good idea. I'll have to buy them from a local chemist, as Amazon does not seem to want to send them to Australia.
    Perhaps Amazon Australia will be more useful to you - though simply buying the old-fashioned way from a bricks-and-mortar store bypasses shipping costs and is usually simpler.

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