I have just received a new reed knife from Principal Oboist of the San Francisco Opera Mingjia Liu’s company Musecho.

This knife has replaceable blades. If you, like me, really hate having to sharpen a knife, it is a wondrous thing, and so great for taking to the rehearsal or concert hall, as carrying a sharpening stone or other device does add to the weight of all we carry. (You can use his wonderful burnishing rod to keep the burr the way you like it.) With the replaceable blades you simply swap out one blade for a new one when necessary. You can buy the thin blades in packages of 10 each, with 10 cases of those 10 (in other words: 100 blades) for $80.

The sheath has a magnet that helps remove the used blade, but also can hold a plaque, which I find so darn convenient.

Oh … and that thread? It’s so darn pretty, and so comfortable to hold while winding!

Bravo, Mingjia! And a big BRAVO, too, for your work in the opera Orpheus and Eurydice.

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