->>I agree here also. Eventually you will get callouses along the very top
->>of your hand right under your wedding ring (if you wear one). Then even
->>further down the line the callouses will be six layers thick so that
->>of getting a blister on an unusually long row you will only lose the two
->>top layers of the callous!
->Another (unfortunate) possibility is blisters UNDER your thick layer
->of calluses. If this happens, you might try sanding your calluses
->down from time to time (in private-- the callus dust really grosses
->out bystanders!); I use a small piece of steel "sandpaper" that's
->intended for use in electric sanders, but I imagine any medium-to-fine
->open-coat paper would do the job. With time you'll find the midpoint
->between too thick (=> blisters) and too thin (=> blisters).
->PS I second the advice that blisters are a sign of poor technique. Since
->modifying my technique (a la Frank Cunningham) I have left blisters and
->gloves behind me. Again it's a happy-medium sort of thing: blisters on
->the palm indicate too tight a grip, and blisters out on the fingers (my
->problem) may be a sign of too loose a grip.
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When I get blisters, whether under calluses or not, I have a quite disgusting way of ensuring that:
1: They don't become infected
2: The whole callus doesn't come off next time you apply shear to the skin
Take some thick cotton (skin colour if you have squeemish friends, black if you're feeling gorey)
Thread a needle with a length of the cotton and soak in disinfectant for a few minutes
Tie a knot in the end of the cotton
Wash your hands thoroughly
Pass the needle and thread through the blister, in one side and out the other, until the knot is up against the blister
Snip off the piece of thread to leave a length in the blister
Leave for ten to fif*** minutes then remove the thread
The cotton allows fluid in the bilster to drain out over a period of time, and soaking it in disinfectant delivers this to the blister, so any infection which was there is nipped in the bud. The only real drawback is that it really stings, but it does give you nice hard hands and means that you don't have to put up with the pain of infection. It can be very difficult to do if you're not particularly ambidextrous so you might find an understanding/***ic friend is needed.
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