hi all, at the risk of sounding overly cheap i will tell you what i have been doing, if you have never hit a used scalpel blade on a butcher steel you are tossing good money. i run full time shop and have not had to buy any(blades) in 3 years. now granted i do use a good knife and a butcher steel for the bulk of the work, and use the blades around nose, lips, eyes, light work ,but they will dull. hit it on the steel and good as new, and you can do this over and over good blades (Havel) can hold up to many sharpens. no name blades not as well, but you will know when to toss it as it will no longer take an edge. does anyone else do this? if you try it let me know what you think. oh yeah you do need to know how to use a steel, if not its def worth learing.