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Catalog Number 2016.015.002.44
Description Raychem PolyStrip Blade Dispensers, c. 1960s-1970s. This is a cardboard box of five Raychem Corporation PolyStrip replacement blade packs (A-E). The red plastic polyarylene blades were manufactured for use with a PolyStrip wire stripper device. The blade packs are circular containers with rounded tabs on each side that hold up to ten 1" x 0.25" blades in a radiating fashion. They are made from clear plastic that has "PolyStrip / Raychem AT6500" and "Replacement Blade Pack" molded into the surface. Each blade in the pack has "Raychem" and "Pat. / Pend" molded into the top side. The tan cardboard box (F) has a flip top with tabs for securing the lid. The top of the lid shows a red and black graphic of a PolyStrip wire stripper with "PolyStrip™ / Blades" printed in red and black font at top center. "Raychem" is printed on the front and back sides of the box and "5 ea. PolyStrip™ / Blade Dispensers / No. 959003" is printed on right and left sides.
Raychemer John Deus notes, "[The PolyStrip wire stripper] had specially formulated Raychem plastic stripper blades instead of the usual "gauge specific" steel blades in a standard stripper. The plastic blades were harder than the insulation on the wire but not as hard as the copper conductor in the wire. The blades would cut through the insulation, but they would not cut or scratch the copper conductor as the stripper pulled off a slug of insulation. This feature allowed the user of the Polystrip Wire Stripper to strip insulation off wires without having to align a specific wire gauge with a gauge specific slot located in conventional steel blade wire strippers."
Object Name Blade
Collection 3D - Multiple Use Tools & Equipment for Materials
Title Raychem PolyStrip Blade Dispensers, c. 1960s-1970s
Date 1960s-1970s
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "PolyStrip / Raychem AT6500" and "Replacement Blade Pack" (molded into plastic containers); "Raychem" and "Pat. / Pend" (molded into blades); "PolyStrip™ / Blades", "5 ea. PolyStrip™ / Blade Dispensers / No. 959003", and "Raychem" (printed on cardboard box)
Dimensions H-2.125 W-4.875 D-4.125 inches
Dimension Details Box: 2.125" x 4.875" x 4.125"
Plastic blade containers: x" x 4.25" x 3.5"
Blades: 1" x 0.25" x x"
Search Terms Business and Industry
Communications Technology
Raychem Corporation
Subjects Cable industry
Telecommunications industry