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Surgical Products, Surgical Blades, Handles and Scalpels


Surgeons and healthcare professionals worldwide rely on the consistent quality, precision and performance embodied within Swann-Morton surgical blades, handles and scalpels. From its manufacturing facility in Sheffield, UK, Swann-Morton produces over 1.5 million surgical blades per day. The current range includes 70 blade shapes and 27 handles that can be used across the various disciplines of general and specialist surgery.

Surgical scalpels for orthopedic surgery

For use within rigorous orthopedic and general surgical procedures, the ‘Cygnetic’ surgical scalpel provides the surgeon with additional strength and stability through its patented combination of specially designed blade and handle.

Its functionality will assist the nurse with safe and easy blade attachment and removal while the simple disassembly for cleaning will be welcomed by the decontamination department.

Disposable scalpels

Following a substantial investment in new automated scalpel assembly and packaging machines at our Sheffield plant a new generation of disposable scalpels will be released on to the market in late 2009, displaying a number of aesthetic changes. The blades will not change, but they will now be attached to the handle using a unique technology developed in-house by our engineering and R&D departments.

Surgical blades and scalpels for general surgery.<br><br><br><br>
New disposable scalpel design.<br><br><br><br>
New retractable safety scalpel with additional functionality.<br><br><br><br>
New silvers skin graft knife for plastic, reconstructive and oral surgery.<br><br><br><br>
Stainless steel graduated surgical handles.<br><br><br><br>

The fitment on the full range of sterile and bulk non-sterile scalpels will be open sided as on the metal handle range. The handles themselves will now carry a graduated measure on the reverse side to mirror our range of metal stainless handles and will be marked with the CE symbol, which currently only appears on the outer product packaging.

The sterile scalpels will still be individually packaged but into a new thermo-formed tray developed to assist in safe passing techniques. The bulk non-sterile scalpels, used extensively within the custom tray and kit sector, will carry a more substantial protective closed end guard. This guard will also be used in our range of sterile guarded scalpels.

Retractable safety scalpels and blade removers

The OSHA compliant sterile retractable safety scalpel supports and encourages existing safe passing protocols and safe disposal of sharps in a variety of usage environments. It is currently available in three stainless-steel scalpel blade shapes, which are colour-coded for ease of recognition. We provide a black slider for the No.10 scalpel blade, a blue slider for the No.11P scalpel blade and a green slider for the No.15 scalpel blade.

Additional features were added in 2009, including:

  • Strengthening of the forward temporary lock position to prevent uncontrolled retraction when contacting with bone during use
  • An additional notch to hold the blade more securely in the passing position
  • A permenant lock to be engaged prior to final disposal in a sharps container

Additional blade shapes will also be available in the bulk non-sterile range for procedure kit and tray manufacture on request.

Swann-Morton’s sterile blade remover, for use within the operating room (OR), is compatible with all blade sizes. The sterile blade remover is transparent to assist the blade count, and encapsulates the contaminated sharp until it can be safely disposed of in an appropriate container.

Ideal for GPs and community visits, the blade removal unit will remove and hold up to 100 blades of various sizes.

Stainless-steel surgical knives

After the successful addition of the Silvers minor skin graft knife and blades to the range last year we have extended it further with a premium stainless-steel Silvers knife, providing an alternative to the current version of the knife that has a distinctive blue autoclaveable handle.

When combined with our surgical stainless double-edged razor blades the knife handles, originally designed by HL Silver in Toronto, Canada, are ideal for taking small, intricate grafts from areas that would not be accessible with larger, standard knives. Although used mainly within plastic, reconstructive and oral surgery, the Silvers can also be used for the debridement of wounds.

Stainless-steel surgical handles

Changes in the pattern of global demand for stainless-steel handles in preference to traditional nickel alloy handles has motivated Swann-Morton to embrace new manufacturing technology .The beginning of 2010 will witness the final stage of a two-year conversion plan with the full range of standard handles being available in the new format, the exceptions being the wide-bodied 5B, 6B and PM 8 handles, which are scheduled to follow later in the year.

A combination of increasing nickel alloy prices, growing concerns for handle discoloration and cross instrument contamination during cleaning, and increased awareness of nickel allergies among patients and staff encouraged the company’s investment in the new state-of-the-art stainless injection moulding process.

The nickel alloy handles will remain available only while current stocks last.

Press Releases

  • Swann-Morton to Launch Cygnetic Blade and Handle Range at COMOC

    Following years of development and recent formal trials at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Swann-Morton will launch its Cygnetic blade and handle range at COMOC on stand 72. The unique design offers a major breakthrough for rigorous orthopaedic procedures and for general surgery, where excess later

  • Swann-Morton Introduces New Stainless-Steel Surgical Knife

    After the successful addition of the Silvers minor skin graft knife and blades to its range last year Swann-Morton has extended it further with a premium stainless-steel Silvers knife, providing an alternative to the current version of the knife that has a distinctive blue autoclaveable handle.

  • Geoff Bacon Memorial Award

    At the recent SATS congress held in Durban, Quenton Greene from Medequip proudly presented the second bi-annual Geoff Bacon Award to Cynthia Nel from Nelspruit Medi-Clinic in Mpumalanga on behalf of Swann-Morton. In support of the SATS ethos and commitment to ongoing education, the awar

  • Swann-Morton: Interactive Update

    The interactive training section of the site has now been updated to include enhanced training films for both the single use blade remover and the "new" advanced version of the Swann-Morton Retractable Safety Scalpels. Please take time to browse the PDF library, which contains copies of

  • Swann-Morton Putting Smiles on Children's Faces

    Swann-Morton were recently approached by the Smile Train charity to see if they would donate products to a remarkable surgeon, Mr Hirji Adenwalla, working in the small South Indian town of Thrissur. Smile Train have sponsored over 400,000 safe, quality and totally free reconstructive procedures i

  • Swann-Morton Launches the "New" Cygnetic Range

    For use within rigorous orthopaedic and general surgical procedures, Cygnetic provides the surgeon with additional strength and stability through the patented combination of its specially designed blade and handle. Its functionality will assist the nurse with safe and easy blade attach

  • Swann-Morton Launch "New" Retractable Safety Scalpel

    The Swann-Morton Retractable Safety Scalpel supports and enhances safe passing procedures and protocols already practised within the operating room and theatres. It is currently available in three stainless steel scalpel blade shapes, 10, 11P and 15, which are colour coded for ease of r

  • Swann-Morton Add Silver's Skin Graft to Range

    New to the range, the Silvers stainless steel 'miniature' skin graft knife (9911) was originally developed by H.L.Silver in Toronto, Canada. Combined with our sterile surgical stainless double edged razor blades(9942) it is ideal for taking small intricate grafts from areas which would not be acc

  • Swann-Morton Website goes Multilingual .

    At the beginning of 2008 Swann-Morton,the UK based quality manufacturer of surgical blades and scalpels, launched a new multi lingual product section on their website at www.swann-morton.com. Having worked closely on this project with their Sheffield based web consultants at "Sunflower

  • SWann-Morton Surgical Handles - The Future is Now!

    The transfer of the Surgical Handle Department from "Unit 1" to the new "Cobb Works" site opposite the main building in Owlerton Green was successfully completed in January 2008. The move coincided with advancements in the handle manufacturing technology utilised by Swann-Morton in resp

  • SWann-Morton Surgical Handles - What does the Future Hold?

    December saw the completion of the move of the Surgical Handle manufacturing Department from "Unit 1" occupied for over 20 years to the new Cobb Works site opposite the main building in Owlerton Green, Sheffield. The move coincides with advancements in handle manufacturing technology a

  • Swann-Morton at Arab Health

    It is over 20 years since Swann-Morton first exhibited at Arab Health and their commitment to the region is still as strong as ever. Swann-Morton look forward to the opportunity to meet with their existing network of Middle East partners and also any new potential customers who may be

  • Swann-Morton Add Dermatome Blades to Their Skin Graft Range

    The skin graft range is used in the surgical removal of a patch of healthy skin from one area of the patient's body which is then transplanted to another area where there has been extensive tissue loss. Skin grafts may be recommended for burns, specific surgeries that may require skin grafts for