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05-06-2014 07:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: marking knife

So which kind of marking knife do you prefer and why? Not asking about brands, but rather the shape of the blade.


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#1 posted 05-06-2014 07:55 PM

I like the ones with the longer blades, as they can reach into tighter spaces like dove tails. Rectangle with a triangle point, never tried one that was either right or left handed though,

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 08:06 PM

I like left and right. I have learned not to make the bevel angle too steep when sharpening as it will give a more distinct line, and is easier to sharpen. Also the angle of the blade being close to 45 degrees. Too sharp of a point seems to make it harder to mark a line.

Here is a set I made for a friend. He says they work very well for him.

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#3 posted 05-10-2014 07:18 PM

I have the spear point, 3/8” x 1-3/8”. you’re just got one tool to keep track of. its narrow and gets into tight corners perfectly
I have pheil-$20.00, and blue spruce-$50.00. one looks nicer than the other but both do the same job.

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#4 posted 05-10-2014 07:26 PM

I like the spear point, where one knife can do the job of two.

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#5 posted 05-10-2014 08:14 PM

I like a thin, narrow, long blade, acutely angled skew point, beveled on both sides.

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#6 posted 05-11-2014 02:33 AM

The favorite among my knives is this spearpoint made for me by Hammerthumb.

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But I might add one with a long skinny blade just for reaching into tight spaces.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 04:50 AM

This answer will in no way be a relative answer to your question but I like to grind my own. I have 4 that I use all for a different purpose. A 55 degree edge to a flat for marking off of a strait edge. An identical piece for left hand work. I have a long and short spear point.

I don’t find one marking knife is sufficient for 100% of all marking duties.


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#8 posted 05-11-2014 05:31 AM

My favorite is a chip carving knife because the blades cutting edge is parallel to the Handle. It is to flexible. I am trying to find a more robust knife. There is an article in the current issue of FWW about using blue tape in cutting dovetails. In the pictures is a marking knife that looks perfect. I tried to contact the blacksmith who made it but nothing.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 04:52 PM

Some years ago I bought a fancy 3 knife set of marking knives from Garrett wade. It included one double bevel knife, and one right and one left bevel knife.

This is my go to marking knife

At the very end of this video he says why he likes his exacto knife.

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#10 posted 05-11-2014 05:16 PM

I’ve used the Xacto knife but I prefer the Japanese Spear Point knife.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 05-11-2014 05:21 PM

I have the “Kerf Kadet” marking knife from Czech Edge:

It’s a spear point and super narrow/long for dovetail use. Works great, feels good in my hands.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 05-19-2014 11:05 PM

I got in touch with Sam Salvati, a blacksmith in Md and he is making the marking knife. Two week lead time for a custom knife. I think it is going to be excellent!! I’ll post a picture as soon as I get it!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#13 posted 05-20-2014 04:27 PM

Check this out:

It’s what I use. It’s retractable. Much safer. And your not missplacing a cap or cover.

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#14 posted 05-20-2014 06:00 PM

Nice video Alaska guy. I like the tip about making several cross grain cuts with a marking knife to loosen up the fibers before using a router plane.

For what it’s worth Paul Sellers wrote a blog about how he sees too much edge fracture on spear point marking knives to recommend them.

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#15 posted 05-20-2014 06:05 PM

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